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Kumquat Ice Cream

Kumquats keep well in the refrigerator.  I should know.  I bought these about a month ago!  I had fancy ideas, I suppose, but they kept sitting there, in the crisper drawer, week after week.  Finally I made them into ice cream tonight.  I am sure I will make some wonderful chocolate chocolate triple chocolate cake that will go swimmingly with this.  But for now, it is kumquat ice cream.  This has little pieces of rind throughout and is a nice tart yet sweet and creamy dessert.

Kumquat Ice Cream

2 cups kumquats, thinly sliced and seeds removed
2 tablespoons diced fresh ginger
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Boil these together until the kumquats are very tender, about 30-45 minutes.  Cool.  Puree in food processor.

1 cup whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Beat the eggs until foamy and add the cream and milk.  Heat over a double boiler until it has thickened, about 20 minutes.

Mix the kumquat mixture with the custard and cool to room temperature.  Then process in ice cream maker according to instructions.


  1. Doesn't look like it needs much more'n a spoon to me! Great idea Sarah.

  2. Kumquats are great! Never thought of putting them in ice cream though. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  3. What a lovely ice cream. Kumquats are such a wonderful fruit. Great job.


  4. This looks lovely, I would love to try it. Sounds good with the ginger too!

  5. This ice cream looks fantastic. I love kimquats, and I especially love the color of this ice cream - so pretty and delicate looking, but I'm sur ethe flavor is intense. Yum!

  6. Have you ever tried heating the milk and sugar in the microwave to just about boiling, then stirring in the egg and heating it a little longer, just to kill off the bacteria? Then you can stir in cold ingredients to hurry along the cooling process. I do that, and it does seem to work know me, I'm always hurrying!

  7. This sounds like a really refreshing summer dessert and the flavours of the kumquat sounds delicious!

  8. I don't believe I've ever tasted a kumquat. The ice cream does look delicious though!

  9. What a unique ice cream flavor. I will have to try it.

  10. June> it goes well with a spoon!

    Coconut> thanks for dropping in!

    Lazaro> thanks!

    Lyndsey> the ginger is barely there so you could even add more. I like the idea of ginger with kumquat.

    Katie> the flavour is so intense. It's wonderful. A little bit is very satisfying.

    Marjie> I'll have to come up with a nickname for you! With all those kids, you would be the master of shortcuts.

    Isabelle> thanks for commenting. Hope to see you again!

    Mags> they are another fruit with a short season. I always buy them because they are so cute. I often add them as flavouring with something like cranberries.

  11. Sarah,
    I love kumquat, never thought of making ice cream out of it. Thanks for the idea.

  12. I don't think I've had a kumquat, and I know I've never had it in ice cream! Very innovative!

  13. Sarah, I've never cooked with kumquats but I been intrigued by them. I love the idea of kumquat ice cream. I love ice cream! bring it on!
    Glad you finally used them.

  14. Elra> thanks for your visit.

    buffalo> you have to pick some up. They make a great garnish, if nothing else. Very intense orange flavour.

    Pam> they are great in marmalade, as a garnish, in a cranberry compote...that sort of thing. I have also candied them.

  15. What a GREAT idea - and good for you for finding such a yummy use for them. Far too often I buy a little cute something in the market and am going to use it for the special something which never happens - and I HATE throwing food out. This would be tart, but refreshing! I candied some earlier in the spring for mom's 80th birthday - and I will post that soon...they were so easy to do, and so very pretty. I also found some green ones at Chinatown. Have you heard of them? I wonder how they taste.

  16. Sarah, this was an inspired idea; love that ice-cream and the color! just want to know is it tangy?

  17. I get lots of fancy ideas too!! Then they sit in my crisper in my refrigerator too. This is a really good way of using kumquats-nice.

  18. Valerie> I look forward to your post. I also have been candying all sorts of fruits.

    Joumana> yes, it is tart, but not too much so. It is very creamy. The kumquats are really quite candied after 45 min.

    Velva> I think it is the bane of us food lovers.


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