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Tastespotting at random 4: Sweet potato ice cream

Posted by Jeanne on January 4, 2011

An interesting pick this week – Bonnie the Baker‘s sweet potato ice cream with toasted marshmallows.

Also, poor Curt got way more involved in this one than he wanted to as he is our household ice cream expert.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Toasted Marshmallows, adapted from this post

1 lb sweet potatoes

0.5 C heavy cream

About 0.75 C milk (I used 1% because that is what we had) – you may not need to add it all, depending on consistency

0.5 C brown sugar

0.75 tsp ground cinnamon

0.5 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of nutmeg

1 TB maple syrup


Special equipment: Ice cream maker, kitchen torch (or big lighter?  Not really recommended)

Scrub sweet potatoes.  Place unpeeled sweet potatoes into large pot and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are very tender.

Drain the sweet potatoes in a strainer and let cool until they can be handled.  Peel the sweet potatoes (the peels should slip right off).

Pour heavy cream, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg  into a blender and puree until very smooth.  Add the milk slowly until the mixture is lump-free and the consistency of a thick smoothie (not runny). Chill the mixture in the refrigerator.

Pour ingredients into ice cream maker that has been frozen according to manufacturer’s instructions. As ice cream begins to churn, pour in maple syrup.  Churn until ice cream is frozen. Once fully churned, scoop into a storage container and freeze.

Allow ice cream to soften at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Scoop bowls and add marshmallows on top.

Again – not recommended.  But we don’t have a creme brulee torch so we improvised.

Toast marshmallows to desired brown or blackness, and eat!

This is INCREDIBLY delicious.  I was pretty suspicious but it really is awesome.  Also – gluten-free!  Yay!

One Response to “Tastespotting at random 4: Sweet potato ice cream”

  1. Carla DeVelder said

    nom nom nom…love sweet potatoes! You can borrow my torch if you need it sometime

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