I’ve been on a bit of a piña colada kick lately. I give full credit to this Coconut Layer Cake, which I’ve now made twice – once in layer cake form, and once as mini cupcakes. If you haven’t made that yet – go. Now. Make it. Preferably in cupcake form, because it creates bites of coconut heaven. Oh yes. But I digress. You see, for this recipe, you need to buy canned sweetened cream of coconut… the very stuff that you mix with a bit of pineapple juice and a bit of rum to create the perfect summer drink. So, logically, when I went to make the second batch in cupcake form, I got a few extra cans of the stuff plus some pineapple juice. I’ve already treated myself to a few and I’m full of regret that I haven’t been making these at least weekly for the last 8 years. Oh my so good.
Adam and I wanted to make some ice cream for a simple BBQ dinner we were hosting. We’d had some leftover cream in the fridge that needed to be used (why did we buy such a big thing again?), and in brainstorming new/fun flavours to make I decided to look into the possibility of a piña colada ice cream. Heaven, right?
After much searching for good recipes, I decided I didn’t really want an ice cream with chunks of pineapple in it. So instead, I made up my own plan – coconut ice cream with a pineapple syrup on top. Oh yes. The ice cream I made was quite good – and easy. No eggs, so no extra step of making the custard the night before – and it was wonderfully rich and creamy. I’d recommend leaving the shredded coconut out for anyone with texture issues – as it was a bit odd, but I still liked it.
The pineapple syrup I kind of made up, so I don’t really have a true recipe. It went something like this:
- Sugar – about a cup?
- Pineapple juice – also about a cup – enough to wet the sugar down
- Cornstarch – about a teaspoon added to thicken it up once the sugar was fully dissolved.
- Lemon Juice – A small splash at the end of cooking to brighten it up a bit
Cook. Chill. Yum!
Serve the syrup over a nice scoop of coconut ice cream, with a sprinkling of toasted coconut on top, and you have heaven in a dessert cup. Go make this!