Adzuki bean ice cream

Adzuki bean ice cream


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These beans have a sweet nutty flavour and make a fantastic ice cream.


Serves: 8 

  • 1 cup dry adzuki beans
  • 1/3 cup (75g) white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3½ cups (875ml) water
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup (155g) white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preparation:9hours  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:9hours30min 

  1. In a saucepan, combine the adzuki beans, 1/3 cup of sugar, lemon juice and water. Bring to a boil, and boil uncovered for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 2½ to 3 hours, or until the beans are very tender. When done, the beans and liquid should amount to 3 cups. If not, add more water to make it up.
  2. Strain the bean mixture through a sieve - I use a wooden spoon to help this along and discard the bean skins. Refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until cold.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the milk and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. While you wait for that to boil, whisk together the egg yolks and 2/3 cup of sugar in a medium bowl. When the cream and milk come to a boil, ladle about 1/4 cup of the hot liquid into the bowl with the egg yolks, and whisk until smooth. Pour the yolk mixture into the pan with the cream, and cook over low heat until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. This should take about 5 minutes. Do not cook too long, or you will get lumps. Remove from the heat, and stir in the vanilla. Refrigerate until cold.
  4. Once both of the mixtures are cold, stir them together. Pour into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions-about 30 minutes.


Soaking the beans overnight will reduce their cooking time.

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