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Durian Ice Cream

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Durian fruit
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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.


  • 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


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.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the vanilla essence and sugar.

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).

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.

Either continue freezing, stirring several times throughout, or finish the ice cream in an ice cream maker.

How to Choose and Open a Durian - step by step photo instructions from Dennis Sim, About.com Guide to Southeast Asian Food

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 5 out of 5
durian ICE CREAM .......just can't forget, Member tropizfruit

such as lavender.............once you smell durian, you'll memorize it somewhere in your brain. for some person that never smell or even taste it....its a weird experience. but next time you try...would be everlasting taste_ except you have ..."" durian headache""..i call it that ways....strong smell of some durian from Indonesia ( they have the strongest smell) when they ripe enough...will be ""bungee jumping"" over your head and your stomach.......enjoy it..:) durian ice cream only use 3 to 5 fresh durian flesh, for a half liters of durian ice cream. that makes a ambience both flavour and taste....just love it.......

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