Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Coconut Pandan Ice cream

Ice cream - a summer staple!

This coconut pandan ice cream is fresh and delicious, reminding you of summer holidays.

A few years ago, I was very lucky to win a holiday for two, to Airlie Beach in tropical North Queensland.
This included accommodation, breakfast daily and the bus trip there and back.

If you have ever travelled 1,900km on a bus (coach) interstate, you will relate to my experience.

I was three months pregnant with our third child, and happy to leave the other two with my parents for a week's holiday.  

It was all great, travelling at night time; sometimes snoozing and drinking hot chocolate at every convenience stop to try to help you sleep more.

By the time we reached Ballina for breakfast it was early morning and I would have loved a pillow.
At Surfers Paradise, I just wanted to get out and have a break.
When Brisbane was reached it was the end of the line for that bus and we had to carry our bags, literally across a tarmac to another waiting bus.  We seriously considered getting a taxi to the airport to fly the remaining distance.  
Refreshed by the half wait in Brisbane we stretched our legs and felt ready to continue our journey citing that the bus trip was after all, just another part of the prize package.

A decision we regretted one hour later.
Still, it was amazing scenery and the views from Brisbane through to Hervey Bay were superb.

Through  Rockhampton and Mackay to reach Airlie Beach we had travelled by bus 
enough kilometres to last a lifetime!

One of the sights I did enjoy were of the Pandanus bushes. 
Technically called Pandan these bushes thrive in hot and dry conditions
although we live in a sub tropical climate they grow well here.

My husband and I had an amazing time at Airlie Beach and thoroughly enjoyed the stay, flying or boating to the neighbouring islands daily, feasting well and I would certainly recommend this trip to everyone.

P.S.  We braved the bus home again, I think we slept the whole way and survived to tell the tale :D

This is my Coconut Pandan Ice Cream to reflect these memories.
2 cans (800ml) coconut milk
600ml thickened cream
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
4 pandan leaves tied in a knot

Put the coconut milk, sugar and cream into a saucepan.  Bring to a simmer then add the pandan leaves tied in a knot and stir well then  simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove pandan leaves and discard.
Put mixture in the refrigerator and chill  for 1 hour.
Churn in your ice cream maker as per instructions.  If you don't have an ice cream maker you can put the mixture into a freezer suitable plastic container with a lid on.  Rake a fork through it after 30 minutes.
Freeze until ready to use.
Buon appetito, Merryn


  1. This sounds yummy Merryn, I adore pandan. I've bused from Canberra to Brisbane with kiddies- and it's an experience I never, ever wish to repeat! I was exhausted by the time I got there, and again by the time I got home :)

    1. I couldn't imagine such a long bus trip WITH children, it is tough enough for adults. An experience though, we all tend to do at one time in our lives 8)

  2. Hehe what a trip! And I really love the aroma of pandan. It immediately conjures up images of holidays away! :D

    1. I agree Lorraine, pandan does have a tropical holiday smell :)

  3. I took the train from Sydney to Brisbane on my first visit to Australia because the flight was fully booked. I sat next to a really old woman who was determined I wouldn't miss a thing. It was midnight and she was saying, "If you could see, you'd see this.. " or that or whatever. It was hilarious. I had a meeting planned for the morning and had hoped to sleep but alas, no sleep was to be allowed on that trip.

    If I'd had some beautiful coconut pandan ice cream like this to look forward to, it might have been better. :)

  4. How funny but at least she was sharing her love of Australia with you. I can visualise your experience. Thank you for your lovely comment on my ice cream 8)

  5. I have been to Airlie Beach, but by air - I can't imagine what you endured to get there by bus. It is a lovely place though. Pandan icecream sounds scrumptious and very tropical.

  6. You definitely chose the correct method of transportation. Airlie Beach is a lovely location and I am glad you like the sound of my pandan coconut ice cream :D