Sunday 17 October 2010

Piña Colada Ice Cream

Cue the Pina Colada song, kick off your shoes and get that Hawaiian shirt on, it's time for Piña Colada ice cream!

Since I first got my hands on Nigella's latest book, I new I just had to try this ice cream recipe.This is another one of her fantastic no-churn recipes, so it's great if you don't have an ice cream machine (and even if you do have one)! I really love her no-churn margarita and pomegranate ice cream recipes, so I was sure this one would be good too...

No-churn pina colada ice cream
Recipe from 'Kitchen' by Nigella Lawson

125ml pineapple juice, from a carton
80ml Malibu (white coconut rum)
generous few drops coconut flavouring
2 teaspoons lime juice
100g icing sugar
500ml double cream*
75g sweetened shredded coconut (but not dessicated), to serve
* I used thickened cream as double cream in Australia has a much higher fat content than the UK equivalent

1. Pour the pineapple juice and Malibu into a large bowl, and add the coconut flavouring and lime juice.
2. Add the icing sugar and whisk to dissolve.
3. Whisk in the cream and keep whisking until soft peaks form.
4. Taste to see if you need more coconut flavouring or a squeeze of lime juice (and remember it won't be as strong once frozen), then spoon and smooth the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze.
5. Toast the shredded coconut in a dry hot pan until just turning golden and remove to a bowl. Sprinkle a little over each person's portion and leave the rest for people to add as they eat.

Freeze Note
The ice cream can keep for up to 3 months in the freezer, but will become icy, so it's better up to 1 month only and at its best within 1 week of making.

The Verdict
As with Nigella's other no-churn recipes, this one is quick and easy, and offers a pretty creamy result without the effort of making a creme anglaise and so on. I don't think it's quite as good as Nigella pomegranate ice cream, but this isn't bad at all. Flavoured with Malibu, lime and pineapple juice the ice cream is certainly a good tribute to its namesake cocktail. So if you like Piña Coladas (and getting caught in the rain) I say give this one a go!

Ladybird x


  1. wahh that's great - dont need a machine for this! ill have to wait until it's warmer in melb to make any type of ice-cream! seems like you're progressing well in cooking thru this cookbook! :) i need to find a project like this to motivate me to try new things!

  2. This screams summer! I just want to turn the ipod full blast and start singing "if you like pina coladas!!!"

    Great work Anna, perfect reason for more malibu!

  3. Sounds great, could I use coconut cream instead of normal cream? I would love to see the pomegranate icecream recipe too. Yumm...

  4. Oh brilliant. I was toying with putting rum into the pineapple ice cream I made last week and decided against it, but would really like to try a boozy version. I don't like getting caught in the rain but I am pretty confident I would enjoy this anyway. Damn, going to have that song in my head all night now... sigh...

  5. Tempting to make another jab at the fact that there is a song about pina coladas but it may be the red wine talking! I would love to gobble this down in the sun but wouldn't mind it in the rain if it was a sunshower! Thanks for sharing this delightful no-churn wonder :) I'm excited! Yummy photo too

  6. OOHHHH YUM!!! that icecream looks awesome!!! ...could have done with a bowl of that yesterday, the weather was perfect for it!

  7. teehee i now have the song put da lime in da coconut in my head! looks delish!

  8. Wonderful! I am obsessed with the margarita one - I've had a mexican themed dinner party every month almost based around it.. Some tropical themed ones may now be on the horizon!

  9. I am loving. Loving. Loving.

    You should sooo come to the Melbourne Food and Wine Fest!

    I would love to unite our love of Nigella :)

  10. Hang on, what?! I can make this without an ice cream maker? I'm so used to discounting all ice cream recipes because I don't have one! (Looks so summery and yum, by the way!)

  11. Ooh.. I love the idea of no churn ice cream!! This looks really really yummy- and it looks just as good as churned ice cream! =O

  12. I am so so new to the Nigella love. She has no churn ice cream recipes? Why didn't I know of this before!? This woman gets more and more amazing the more I hear about her.

  13. What a great looking ice cream! I can't have Malibu, but this sounds like a fantastic tropical mix!

  14. Just love a pina colada! How funny that I had a pina colada ice cream on my mind too... but that idea turned into a pina colada creme brulee instead =) This brings some sunshine into my mind when it's so grey outside!

  15. I am so glad to find your blog... this is one of my fav ice cream :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  16. Hi. Could you advise how much this recipe makes please.


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