Spicy champagne mango ice cream

Spicy champagne mango ice cream

Spicy champagne mango ice cream

Hey! It’s a funny word, isn’t it? On its own it doesn’t mean anything–it’s not much of a word, really. Given the right inflection, it can speak volumes. Are you getting someone’s attention? Challenging them to a fight? Trying to pick them up? At a loss for the right word to express the intensity of your emotions? Hey, baby, you’re not the only one. I’m a big fan of non-verbal and barely verbal communication. Sighs, gestures, expressions, ums, ahs, shrugs. I find it fascinating that they can be universal, but they have their own sort of dialect, as well, within each language and part of the world. I think of “Hey!” as being very American: brash, overeager, a bit rude, very immediate–it almost comes with an exclamation point built in! But it can be gentle as well, and poignant. As Big Bill Broonzy says

    With my arms all around you, baby,
    you know, that’s all I can say is hey

So today’s interactive playlist is HEY songs. My readers recommender friends will recognize that I’m plagiarizing my own ‘Spill post from some years ago, but, hey, it’s a good topic, and I wanted it in my collection of playlists here on The Ordinary. I’ve added some ‘Spillers suggestions from that time. My non reader recommender friends will have no idea what I’m talking about. ‘Spill? What’s this ‘Spill?

I love champagne mangoes, so smooth and sweet and almost piney. I bought one a while back, and I kept waiting for just the right moment to eat it, and as so often happens, I waited so long that the moment passed, and it was too ripe. So I made it into ice cream. I made a spicy ice cream, with cayenne and ginger and cardamom, because I love the contrast of spicy and creamy-cool. I cooked the mango with the milk, which made it taste almost like bananas somehow. I think you could probably just puree it and add it raw. I’ll try it sometime, and let you know how it goes.

Here’s your link to our interactive HEY! playlist. Add what you like, or leave a comment and I’ll try to add it when I have time.

1 very ripe champagne mango, peeled, depitted and roughly chopped
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 t vanilla
1 t cardamom
1 t ginger
pinch cayenne
3 eggs
2 t cornstarch
1/2 t salt
1 cup heavy cream

Combine the milk and mango in a blender and blend till completely smooth. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the milk & mango, spices and vanilla.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk the eggs,brown sugar, cornstarch and salt until frothy.

Whisking all the while, pour the milk into the eggs in a thin stream. Return the mixture to the medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Warm, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon. The mixture will start out thicker than a normal custard because of the mango, but it will become thicker still as the eggs cook. Five or ten minutes, I think.

Pour into a bowl, stirring constantly. Put the bowl in a pan of cold water, whisking all the while, to cool the mixture down. Cover and chill in the fridge 5 hours to overnight.

Stir in one cup of heavy cream, and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.


7 thoughts on “Spicy champagne mango ice cream

    • Hey, thanks, DP! I think I looked for the Sugar Boy Crawford on Spotty this morning (from the old ‘Spill conversation) but couldn’t find it. You boxed it back then, though, if memory serves.

  1. What on Earth is Heavy Cream ?
    Is that American for Double Cream like we have over here in England ?
    Or do I melt down the Eric Clapton album ???

    • Ha! I think it is double cream, I can’t quite remember. It’s whatever you whip to make whipped cream. (We also call it whipping cream)

      • Thanks for clearing that up.
        Whipping cream eh?
        That’s just kinky in several different ways!

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