Passion Fruit Ice Cream Recipe

by Daisy

dish of passionfruit ice cream

After staring down this ever growing bowl of passion fruit for a week, searching passionately for passion fruit recipes, I decided to make my own recipe. This is a creamy-smooth, less-sugar, custard-style homemade ice cream that walks the line between sophistication and kids-still-love-it. Grown ups just go *wow* and kids think it tastes like Jolly Rancher green apple candy.

passion fruit

After I washed them, I sliced them in half and scooped out the fruit with a spoon.

inside of a passion fruit

28 fruits weighed 1 lb. 12 oz. The weight of the pulp, including seeds, was 1 lb.

bowl of passionfruit pulp

I wanted a seedless puree for ice cream because the seeds of our particular variety are a bit too tough for easy eating, so I gently warmed the puree over low heat just until the seeds began to release some of their juiciness. I didn’t want to let them get to a simmer for fear of changing the fresh taste of the pulp.

passion fruit pulp in ricer

Then I put the pulp through a ricer to remove the seeds.

passion fruit juice from ricer

1 cup of passion fruit juice

Final yield: 28 fruits (1lb 12oz.) =1 cup of passionfruit juice

The recipe:

Passion Fruit Ice Cream

yields about 1 1/2 quarts

1 cup passion fruit puree, see procedure above

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

3 eggs

small pinch salt

Combine 3/4 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 2 cups cream, 1 cup whole milk, and a small pinch of salt in a medium saucepan.

ice cream custard ingredients

Stir it up.

stirring the ice cream custard

Whisking constantly (I love this roux whisk because it gets the bottom of the pan and the corners) over low heat for about 20 minutes, I brought the mix to 170 degrees F. Don’t leave it for a minute and heat very slowly.

ice cream custard temperature

This renders the eggs completely safe to eat (anything over 160 deg F is good in cooked dishes). This is the instant-read thermometer I use for yogurt and cheese-making, too.

Remove from heat and allow to cool, then add 1 cup of passion fruit juice and stir to combine.

Chill in refrigerator several hours or overnight.

ice cream in maker

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. After years of not making ice cream because I never had enough ice or rock salt on hand, my kids got me this one for Mother’s Day and it’s very easy to use.

passionfruit ice creamAfter the ice cream maker does its stuff, spoon it into a freezer-safe container like a loaf pan and let it harden several hours or overnight.

It’s hard to describe the flavor of passion fruit, but I think my kids come the closest when they say it tastes like green apple Jolly Ranchers (only better, of course).  What do you think it tastes like?

You can buy the puree in the frozen section of some supermarkets, and they’re in season now (September) in the southern US. If you can grow them or find them in your part of the world, they’re a sublime treat.

passionfruit ice cream in a glass



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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Winnie September 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

My my mouth is watering seeing these photos 🙂
DELICIOUS looking ice cream!

Daisy September 4, 2016 at 6:02 am

Winnie–Thank you, it was a bit hit!

Sallie September 4, 2016 at 6:52 am

WOW!!! Who knew??

Cinnamon Vogue September 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

Wow what a combination! I am sure this would sell very well in a store. I am however a bit puzzled. In Sri Lanka Passion Fruit is a yellow orange. This must be a different variety. Add some Ceylon Cinnamon syrup and less sugar, you take the guilt of sugar away as Cinnamon scrubs the sugar high a little. It should work very well as Cinnamon blends well with Citrus type fruits.

Daisy September 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

CV–Yes, this variety will eventually fade to a light yellow. There are several other varieties of passion fruit, too, including a red one and a purple one. I’d like to grow them all!

PassionfruitAddict September 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Thank you for posting this. It got me try making a simple Passionfruit flavored whipped cream which worked out great:

3/4c heavy cream
3T passionfruit pureed pulp
2T powdered sugar

Easy to make and clean up after in a NutriBullet. Thank you for the inspiration!

Daisy September 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm

PassionfruitAddict–Mmm. Thank you. Good idea. And I love your name.

Gemma September 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm

My goodness! That looks delicious! I am definitely going to try this recipe.
I wonder what it would be like to add some mint to the recipe? I will try It and let you know 🙂

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