March 4, 2014

Cinnamon and Cardamom Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I spent my birthday weekend in Florida, embraced by the warm sun, surrounded by fruiting trees and generous hosts, shoulders bare. Days filled with unplanned hours began and ended with sweet espressos in hand, perched between golden angles of light. How wonderful to be in the bare under the sun after so many days of layers! A friend suggested this recipe for my birthday treat. I can't believe I've never made ice cream before! The results were delicious, an icy, creamy delight with just the perfect amount of sweetness and spice.

2 full-sized cans of coconut milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom
2 pinches salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Fortunately, our hosts had this wonderful machine that churned the ice cream slowly into a gorgeous velvety cloud. Just 20 minutes of rotation in the freezer bowl, then place the cream in the ice box for a few hours.

Dreaming of summer,

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