This simple guava ice cream recipe can be made using any home ice cream maker. It’s the perfect, refreshing dessert on a hot day!
In our last article, we showed you how you can grow your own tropical guava fruit at home, even if you live in a cooler climate region like we do (Ag Zone 7b). In this article, we’re going to show you one of our favorite recipes to make with guava: guava Meyer lemon ice cream!
Four ingredient tips
One of the secrets to making truly great food: you have to start with truly great ingredients! Here are four ingredient tips to help you make this guava ice cream recipe a 10 out of 10:
1. Use fresh guava if possible.
Don’t worry: if all you have access to is pre-prepared guava pulp or guava juice from the grocery store, you can still make this recipe. It just might not have the same zing as ice cream made from fresh ripe guavas.
There is also some flavor variability between guava cultivars, but that shouldn’t make too much difference. For reference, we used mostly ‘Peruvian white’ guavas with a little bit of ‘Ruby Supreme’ guava, but any guava cultivar will do.
2. Use a fresh organic Meyer lemon if possible.
We also used a fresh Meyer lemon for this recipe. Meyer lemon fruit and skin are sweeter than most other lemon varieties and offer exceptional zest quality — that’s one of the reasons we grow them. (Find out how to grow your own citrus in cooler climate regions.)
Don’t have a Meyer lemon? No problem. But we do recommend you use a fresh lemon rather than pasteurized lemon juice or dried lemon zest.
3. Use fresh duck eggs if possible.
If you’ve ever been to this website before, you know we’re duck fanatics with pet ducks. Part of the reason we love ducks is because they make extraordinarily nutritious and flavorful eggs. (See our article duck eggs vs chicken eggs for a detailed comparison.)
Yes, you can make this recipe with chicken eggs – just be sure to get jumbo chicken eggs so they’re as large as duck eggs (~2.5 ounces each).
Since this recipe does call for raw eggs, it’s also very important to use the freshest possible eggs from healthy animals, ideally your own. Our eggs were laid the same day as this recipe was made, and we can assure you that our duck ladies are quite healthy.
4. Use whole organic grass milk if possible
“Grassmilk” comes from dairy cattle who have a nearly 100% forage-based diet. Cow rumens are adapted to eating grass, not grains.
This means healthier, happier cows. It also means better tasting and more nutritious milk (for instance, 147% higher omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk).
Thankfully, whole organic grassmilk is fairly easy to find in most grocery stores now.
Step-by-step process photos to help you make the best guava ice cream possible!
We’re highly visual and hands-on learners so it’s always nice to see more than just text when following a new recipe for the first time.
Below are photos to help you get this recipe just right, your first time out:
The recipe: fresh guava and Meyer lemon ice cream
Fresh guava ice cream with Meyer lemon
A delicious tropical-flavored ice cream perfect for after-dinner dessert on a hot day. Made with fresh guava fruit, Meyer lemons, duck or chicken eggs, and grass milk.
- 5 cups fresh chopped guava 820 grams
- 2 cups water for poaching guavas
- 2 very fresh duck eggs or jumbo chicken eggs
- 1 cup organic cane sugar 1/2 cup for poaching, 1/2 cup added to blender
- 1/2 cup lemon juice juice from one whole lemon
- fresh lemon zest from one whole lemon
- 1 1/2 cups organic half and half (ideally made from grass milk)
- 2 cups whole organic grass milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preparing the guavas
Rough chop about 5 cups of fresh guava fruit (about 820 grams). Place in saucepan with 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Blend guava to a liquid pulp with immersion blender, then remove from heat. (Or remove from heat and blend in food processor, if you don't have an immersion blender.)
Strain the guavas through a Chinois strainer to remove the seeds, while extracting the pulp and juice. You can also use a metal pasta strainer or cheesecloth. It's very important to remove the guava seeds for a good final ice cream consistency.
Let strained guava cool for about 20 minutes.
Mixing all ice cream ingredients
In a stand mixer, cream 2 eggs + 1/2 cup sugar (this is in addition to the 1/2 cup sugar used in the guava puree).
Add 1 1/2 cups half and half, 2 cups milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla to the mixer. Then add guava puree, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix until all ingredients thoroughly blended.
Place mixing bowl in fridge for 1 hour to chill all ingredients.
Making ice cream
This recipe is enough for at least two full batches of ice cream in our Cuisinart ice cream maker. So, pour half of your chilled guava ice cream mix into your ice cream maker (enough for 6 or so servings).
Ice cream should be ready in about 20-30 minutes. One tip we've found helpful for speeding up our ice cream maker: place a towel over the opening on top of the ice cream maker to help insulate and hold in cold air as it mixes.
This recipe is best eaten immediately right out of the ice cream maker. It still tastes amazing after being stored in the freezer, but the consistency isn't quite as good as fresh. We store our ice cream in our freezer in pyrex baking dishes. Our chef friends who make ice cream with much fancier equipment and more dangerous processes (such as using liquid nitrogen) tell us that it's hard to replicate the smoothness of commercially produced ice cream in home ice cream makers due to the shape of the ice crystals that form under extreme cold temps provided by commercial devices/techniques.
We hope you LOVE this homemade guava ice cream made with fresh guavas, Meyer lemons, duck eggs, and grassmilk!
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