In summer the last thing I want to do is spend my time cooking dessert in the kitchen. When I indulge my sweet tooth in summer I opt, instead, for cool refreshing desserts like sorbet and ice cream. In this recipe, home made applesauce and lychee ice cream is paired with more applesauce and sliced almonds for a creamy, dreamy dessert that is sure to have everyone asking for more. No ice cream maker is required. Simply mix your ingredients, leave in the freezer overnight, then serve!
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 can condensed milk
- 3 cups Our Family Garden, Unsweetened Applesauce (divided)
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
- 1 can lychees in syrup (approx. 2 cups)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Whip cream in a medium bowl until firm peaks form. Add condensed milk and 1 cup applesauce and stir to combine well. Add ground cardamom if desired. Drain lychees and chop into quarters. Add to ice cream mix.
Pour mix into a medium plastic container and freeze until firm. (This may take between 6-8 hours. I like to prepare it a day in advance to make sure it reaches the desired consistency.)
When ready to serve, pour 1/4 cup applesauce into a small mason jar or serving dish. Top with a scoop of ice cream. Add another 1/4 cup applesauce. Top with second scoop ice cream. Finish with sliced almonds.
Other fruit can be substituted for lychees in the ice cream. Experiment with different options to make your own signature ice cream. For extra sweetness drizzle maple syrup or a spoonful of your favorite preserves over the top. For added crunch, top with crushed meringue cookies.
While the combination of ice cream and applesauce in this dessert is very refreshing, the ice cream can also be enjoyed on its own. Simply pour the ice cream mix into popsicle molds for individual servings.