Coconut, Nutmeg and Pistachio Ice Cream Crunch Bombs

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This recipe has all the flavours of the East — the deep warming spice of nutmeg, the freshening zing of lime and the palm beach creaminess of coconut — topped off with a crunch from the praline.

Ingredients

For the Ice Cream

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 4 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 500ml/17fl oz double cream

For the Pistachio Praline

  • Vegetable or groundnut oil
  • 100g/oz shelled, unsalted pistachios
  • 100g/oz golden caster sugar

Method

In a big mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar together until pale and creamy. Heat the coconut milk in a pan, taking it off the heat just before it boils. Whisk the hot coconut milk into the egg yolk mixture, return to the pan on a low heat and whisk for a couple of minutes until it has thickened slightly. Allow the mixture to cool.

Put the cream into a mixing bowl and whip until peaks form. Fold in the coconut milk mixture. If you have an ice cream maker, put the mixture in and churn. If not, transfer it to a chilled metal container and freeze for 2 hours, then whisk to break down the ice crystals. Put the mixture back into the freezer in the chilled container and repeat the process again after 2 hours.

To make the pistachio praline, scatter the pistachios in the centre of a greased baking tray. Put the sugar into a heavy-based pan with 100ml/4 fl oz of water and place over a medium heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve and turn golden around the edges, avoiding the temptation to stir it, until the sugar turns an even shade of rusty caramel. Working quickly, but carefully, pour the caramel over the pistachios. When cool, break the praline into pieces and either whiz in a food processor or place inside a clean tea towel and bash with a rolling pin.

Finely grate the nutmeg and lime zest on to a tray. Scatter the praline dust alongside, then pop the ice cream on the tray and take it to the table. Get everyone to drop their scoops of ice cream into the lime and nutmeg mixture, then repeat with the praline. Top each bowl of ice cream with a sprinkling of coconut.

To serve

  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 lime
  • A handful of coconut shavings