Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Homemade Durian Ice Cream

Since it is durian season now….I bought some home to make durian ice cream. And you can guess who I got the most support from…Daddy , Piggies and Ernest my dear nephew of course. Making ice cream is fun, just like making buns . It is fun fun all the way and the end result is always rewarding. A tub of oiishii (delicious) homemade lip smacking durian ice cream!!!

My new baby (food processor) is a gem and in this case…all I have to do is put in the durian pulps and there it goes… durian puree in a second :)))) I can’t do without this baby (“,)

This part of the ice cream making brought out a bit of anxiety though…have to be careful of the heat temp when cooking the custard ( milk and egg/sugar mixture ) . The right temperature is 65-70º C. Over heating (76 º C ) will scramble the eggs. So this was where I have to be on my toes all the time. Stirring and stirring and controlling the heat :)) till I got the right tempterature ( those who have a cooking thermometer will have no problem) but alas I do not own one ..haha have to use my own judgment then.

I don't have a domestic ice-cream maker ,so I had a bit of work here. Taking it in and out of the freezer a few times and churning the half set ice cream in the food processor can be time consuming but the end result , a tub of yummy homemade ices...

Photography is one hobby I enjoy beside cooking and baking. Taking snaps of my own creations de-stress me and it always put a smile on my face. I have rooms for improvement in this area. (",) And blogging about the food I have cooked and sharing my joy with others make my life complete. Absolutely fantastic ,the feeling of achievement which money can't buy :))

By the time I managed to get a good shot, I noticed the ices sweating.. shows the amount of time I used to photograph it :):) Anyway the weather was warm and what better way to cool down with this oiishii ices (",)

Durian Ice Cream


150g sugar
7 egg yolks
370 ml cream
330 ml milk
350g durian pulp – into puree

  1. Put the milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Beat the sugar and egg yolks together until thick and pale yellow.
  4. Beat the milk into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream. Pour the mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
  5. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. Do not over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs.
  6. Immediately remove from the heat.
  7. Transfer the custard into a small container, cover, and refrigerate until cool (5C).
  8. Add in the durian puree to the cool custard and whip till well mix.
  9. Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume (you should have soft peaks – do not over-whip).
  10. Fold the cream (gently stir) into the custard.
  11. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine. If you do not have a machine then you can also just cover and place in the freezer, stirring every few hours, and again.
If you are using a domestic ice cream machine, transfer to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it in the freezer, and continue to freeze until it is solid.
To pasteurise the eggs, heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, though! If the custard goes any higher than 76C, the eggs will scramble. Immediately cover and place in the freezer until cool.
* If you are a first timer, please halve the recipe. The above recipe makes a full tub size of nestle ice-cream** Enjoy and have fun !!!!


  1. ooh, durian ice, i miz those thorny lil creatures...the tubful of hearts were really really gooooood...! yummy buttery goodness. thx mummy dear..

  2. I love durians! This looks very delicious. But look at the steps. I wonder if I can make this myself. :)

  3. joanna: haha..will buy those thorny lil creatures for you when cum back. Seasons just started (",)
    Oh..those cutie hearts...thanks for being my taster and a supporter of my success and failures :)

    SSB: Me too..loves durians. Ya, this ice cream is very yummy..smooth and the flavor absolutely soul stirring :)
    If you read my old post on my first attempt , you will notice that I over whipped the cream . So the ices became stiff and not smooth
    The most important steps to take note is do not over-whipped cream and the custard (the egg mixture ) must never turned scramble ) If you don't have a domestic ice machine, stir it many times after a few hrs in freezer.( semi-set condition) Repeat a few times, then the ice-cream will be smooth and creamy. Haha.. I am sure you can. It is fun.

  4. Thanks for the additional tips! What do u use to stir during the semi-set condition? Is it just a manual whisk? How many times did u stir? I have never made ice cream before and I would love to try! :)

  5. Hi SSB:)

    Yes, I whipped straight from the tupper when it is semi set, using the normal hand cake mixer on low speed. Repeat a least 2 times so that it will be lighter and smooth.

    Sometimes I forget the time and it became totally set, I used the food processor then. More washing (",)

    Try it and let me know the result :)I am sure you will love it. Try half the recipe first. Enjoy!

  6. hi elin,
    if the egg yolk mixture is not cooked till thicken, how will the ice cream be like?


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