Thursday, 6 January 2011

Amazing Avocado!

Phill's parents have a beautiful orchard upon which they grow avocados.  None of the Coupers are really fussed on the fabulous fruit.  This works out fairly well for me, since I love them... as does Mum! 

Usually, when we leave the orchard after a visit, we (I) stop at the top of the driveway and fill up a plastic bag with avos that have fallen off the trees.  These fruit go to waste, as they fall off the tree when they are ripe, so they won't last through packaging and shipping... so I don't feel bad taking the fruit.  Again, this works out well for me!  The thing is, my eyes are usually (much) bigger than my stomach.  I get so excited that so many lovely avos are ready and waiting to be mine, that I take too many.  I've started making and freezing large batches of guacamole, but I craved a little something sweet today... and voila - avocado whip!! 

I found this fab little recipe online - I tried it and LOVE it! I made two ramekins full, and I've already eaten one.  Is it horrible of me to hope that Mum doesn't want hers so I can have it?  I may have to whip up another batch. 

Avocado Whip
  • 1 ripe avocado 
  • 1/2 cup milk **
  • 1/4 white sugar*
  • 1/2-1 tsp vanilla extract (to taste)
Cut avocado and pit avocado.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend up until smooth(ish).
Spoon into dishes.
Chill for at least 20 minutes (I put mine in the freezer).

**I used light blue milk (which is a step down from homogenized/whole milk but not quite skim... maybe 1-2%?  I think it would be fabulous with cream or whole milk.  Then I'd definitely eat Mum's share!
*The sugar was a bit crunchy - next time, I may try it with caster sugar... but again, it didn't stop me from scarfing it down!


Megan said...

I never would have thought of using avocado in a dessert.

Anonymous said...

Nor I, but I've heard of it in smoothies and Mum said when they lived in Africa they used to mix it with milk and sugar and stick it in the freezer... so that's what I did! It was even better after an hour in the freezer (not that I ate Mum's share...)

Alison said...

I love, love LOVE avocado and am so envious of your access to fresh free ones. They are pretty expensive here but I adore them in guacamole and just sliced in salads or on sandwiches. I'll have to give this a try!

Anonymous said...

Al - come for a visit! We have a fridge full of avos that are begging to be eaten! I'll hook you up if you come this way... ;)

Alison said...

Haha, believe me, I am trying desperately to get us to your side of the world at some point soon. I don't even need the avocados to tempt me ;)

Anonymous said...

The avocados can just be a bonus. ;) We'll be here for a good long while, so you'll always have a friend to stay with! x

bklyn76 said...

have you ever had an avocado shake? it's avo blended with condensed milk and usually comes with boba [tapioca balls]...i "discovered" it last year and my waistline is very thankful that it's quite a drive for me to get my hands on! so yummy!

Anonymous said...

@Sheba - that sounds very similar to the Indonesian Avocado Milkshake! I've heard some good things about it... I may have to try making it soon. I used the rest up in guacamole though. :)


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