When Dr. Tae Yun Kim was just a little girl, they didn’t have any ice cream in Korea. They didn’t have electricity, or ice cream makers, or even the concept of any food that wasn’t meant to simply nourish. Sweets? Ice cream? No way. Just things to keep you alive and reasonably well, especially during and after the Korean War.
With the American Soldiers – to whom Dr. Tae Yun Kim is forever grateful for saving her and her family’s lives, came some things she had never heard of before, such as chocolate, coffee, candy, ice cream, among many other things.
And while she could never even dream of having any of those goodies – she was barely allowed to survive on whatever little food she could scrape and scratch together – she always wondered what they would taste like. For example, once in a while an ice cream vendor would come through her village, in the summer, peddling his wares, yelling out, “Ice cakes, ice cakes….”
It was only much later in her life that she finally could taste these simple treasures, and enjoy them. Here is how I have learned to make this ice cream, healthy dairy free, gluten-free version.
First, soak your red Azuki beans. Soak them in a LOT of water. They are big guzzlers, so go overboard with the water, and soak them for at least a day.
Boil the soaked beans and you will need to make enough to have 2 cups of boiled beans.
It’s ok if you end up overcooking the beans, because most of them will end up in your blender. Let the beans cool off.
Now, put a can of full fat coconut milk (or use any other milk you like) in your blender.
add 2 cups of cooked beans and keep the leftover beans handy.
Add anywhere between 3/4 cups – 1 1/2 cups of honey. Traditionally, this isn’t very sweet, so I normally use less than a cup. But if you prefer it sweeter, use the full amount. Here is my current favorite honey:
Set your blender on either Ice cream, or smoothie setting, and process until it’s all nice and smooth.
Put it all into your prepared ice cream maker, and let it go!
Doesn’t it look cool how the ice cream maker swirls around the future ice cream?
When the ice cream is almost done, add the rest of the cooked, cooled, whole beans, up to 1 cup, but you can add as few as you want.
Then, either put the ice cream into popsicle molds (which is the traditional way to serve this) or put it into a container and store in freezer. My popsicle didn’t look good enough to take pictures of, although they tasted awesome!
Either way, it is a most delicious and healthy way to enjoy a cool treat on a hot summer’s day!
“You have the power to fulfill your dreams!”
Note: Shirley over at GFE gets the credit for me attempting to convert the original recipe – so surprise my teacher with this new concoction. Thanks for your ice cream recipes!