Ice Cream for a Dead Man

Passionfruit, to be specific. But dead people don’t eat ice cream, so it just means more for me.

I just wrote a whole post about this ice cream and my dad, who was my best friend and who passed away in 2005. It was really good, filled with humor, pathos, and brilliant photography. Do you have any idea how hard it is to take pictures of fricking ice cream?  I’ll tell you: really fucking hard.

And then WordPress ate it.

Father’s Day is rough enough as it is and I can’t bring myself to sit here and re-write it, but I don’t want to deprive anyone of delicious, delicious ice cream. So recipe after the jump, and my apologies for the lack of real post.

ETA: Okay, okay, here’s a tidbit. So I have my dad’s high school yearbook from 1951, and each graduate’s photo is accompanied by a painfully wholesome description: “Jimmy is sure to be a great asset to the Army,” “Susan always has a ready smile and a helping hand.” My dad’s? “Rudy is a treat for all the ladies.”

Awww, yeah.

Passionfruit Ice Cream

3/4 c. passionfruit pulp, thawed
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
3/4 c. while milk
5 egg yolks
1/2 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. pure orange oil

Mix the passionfruit and half the heavy cream together in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, remaining cream and sugar together until the mixture is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Gradually whisk half the hot milk into the egg yolks to temper them, then stir the eggs back into the saucepan. Heat the custard, stirring constantly, until it coats the back of a spoon.

Pour the custard through a strainer into the passionfruit mix. Add the orange oil and whisk to combine. Chill over an ice bath or in the fridge, then churn according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

24 thoughts on “Ice Cream for a Dead Man

  1. I totally blocked out it was Fathers Day. I’m sure his sprit is enjoying his ice cream. In my fathers culture we used to put out the favorite foods of the deceased.

  2. I hated WordPress’s flaky editor and finally tried the free Windows Live Writer. It will change your life, I’m telling you. It’s the best thing since sliced bread or passion fruit ice cream. And: inside you, both metaphorically and genetically, your dad lives on.

  3. Hey short posts are nice sometimes. It’s funny how dogs can still eat your homework on the internet. The ice cream looks good, and representing your dad is a nice touch.

  4. Mmmm, looks delicious! I love the toasted coconut. And why didn’t I see this yesterday when I had some leftover mango puree? Damn!

    Short and sweet is fine sometimes, too.

  5. I called my Dad yesterday… all the while praying my mother wouldn’t answer the phone given that I forgot to call her on Mother’s Day. of course she answered the phone. Jeebus.

    Nice ice cream! I hate you, though, as I feel more and more ice cream maker envy and I have a tiny kitchen with not one iota of storage space left outside of the floor.

  6. not my favorite day either…

    after being burned by wordpress, i tend to hit ctrl A and then ctrl C before hitting save or publish. just in case. then if it’s gone i can paste it.

    i also have a different editor installed on my WP now. but i hear windows live writer is great.

  7. A lady’s man, eh? Rowr.

    You can use Word 2007 to write, and it posts straight to your blog account. Posting photos gets pretty iffy though, if there’s more than one.

    Passionfruit ice cream. Yes, I get it.

  8. “a treat for all the ladies?” That’s pretty adoreably wholesome; and as close as the fifties came to winking and playing some chicka chicka wow wow sort of music.

  9. yes, it may sound creepy for me to say it, but in his younger days my dad was a raging hottie. sadly, those genes appear to be recessive.

    tim and claudia, how did i not know that there were separate editors? probably because i’m not very clever. thanks for the heads up.

    mittany, heh, you said “loin.”

  10. for father’s day, i was searching the internets for my dad’s ideal dessert recipe: almost 1/3 butter, laden with sugared fruits, and all in one pan. my google search, ironically, yielded your recipes for upside down cake as the first result.

    well all hail that cake — it was so delish that when i went to get post-feast leftovers from the kitchen i discovered my dad, with his head almost IN the pan. pig trough style. looking up guiltily, cause i caught a grown man licking caramelized butter from a pyrex dish.

    just thought you’d like to know, that in some small way, you were a part of that touching moment.

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  12. So you daddy was a ladies man?? how cute is that! The icecream look delish!!! Thanks for visiting my blog!!! Come back and visit anytime!!

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