The Durian Ice Cream Dessert

Durian fruit
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: serves 3 - 4
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While durian is not native to China, both China and Hong Kong are major import markets for this distinctive looking fruit. The sweet flavor and thick texture of durian makes it perfect for ice cream. Use fresh durian if possible.

What You'll Need

  • 4 to 6 segments fresh, frozen or canned durian, as needed to make 4 ounces durian paste
  • 2
  • large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup
  • whole milk

How to Make It

  1. Remove the seeds from the durian. Use an electric mixer to mix the flesh into a paste. Press the paste through a fine sieve. You should have 4 ounces durian paste at this point. (If not, use more durian). Chill the durian paste until ready to use.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the vanilla essence and sugar.
  3. Bring the milk and cream to a near boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low. Pour in the egg mixture, stirring constantly to thicken. Take care not to let the mixture boil, or the milk will curdle (if you see bubbles forming at the edge of the saucepan, take it off the stove element).
  1. Allow the custard to cool. Chill the custard in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes, until it is just beginning to harden. Gradually stir in the durian paste, a tablespoon at a time.
  2. Either continue freezing, stirring several times throughout, or finish the ice cream in an ice cream maker.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 383
Total Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 17 g
Unsaturated Fat 8 g
Cholesterol 302 mg
Sodium 141 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 12 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)