Coconut Ice Cream with Flambeed Pineapples

Total Time:
3 hr 28 min
20 min
3 hr
8 min

4 servings

  • Coconut Ice Cream:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flavored rum
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • Flambeed Pineapples:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups small diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup toasted shredded sweetened coconut flakes, or more to taste
  • 4 round slices orange, for garnish
  • 4 maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • 4 cocktail umbrellas, for garnish

  • To make the ice cream, in a large, heavy saucepan, combine the cream, coconut milk, whole milk, rum, and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until pale yellow and frothy. Add about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture, and whisk to combine. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan with the remaining hot cream and whisk.

  • Return to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a heavy wooden spoon until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours. Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a plastic container and freeze until ready to serve. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and when melted, add the pineapple. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the sugar over the pineapples and continue to cook until the sugar has completely dissolved and starts to bubble, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum. Return to the heat and carefully tip the pan to ignite the alcohol (or, alternately, light with a match). Remove from the heat when the flames extinguish.

  • To assemble the dessert, spoon 2 scoops of coconut ice cream in each of 4 frosted parfait glasses. Top each portion with 1/2 cup of the pineapple and the glaze. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the toasted coconut into each glass, and garnish with an orange wedge, maraschino cherry, and a cocktail umbrella.

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