Guava Ice Cream Made With Fresh Fruit

I cannot remember where we were, or what the conversation was, but someone mentioned the term domestic blindness and I wrote it down, thinking it would be a great topic for a post. Domestic blindness is the inability to see something that is plainly visible. Well, I am not sure about you, but I think this is a term that can be ascribed to any male living with someone. Dave suffers from this in the most profound way. He will open a cupboard looking for something, and shut it after a few seconds, exclaiming quite loudly that he cannot find whatever it is he was looking for. I will then go to the very same cupboard, open it and take out the item, without having to look further than the front row. This will happen when he looks in the drawers as well, so it is horizontal and vertical spaces that he has this issue with. Sometimes I find it most frustrating, and other times, quite endearing that he needs my help! One thing Dave does not need my help with is making dessert every night – which in his words he makes from scratch. What he really means is that he puts it into the bowls for us to enjoy. As I had been gifted so many guavas I made poached guavas to go with my guava ice cream.

Do you suffer from domestic blindness, or does your partner suffer from this?

Poached Guavas With Guava Ice Cream
Poached Guavas With Guava Ice Cream
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Guava Ice Cream

Recipe Category: Dessert
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the guavas

  • 150 g water
  • 150 g fructose
  • 1 star anise
  • 300 g peeled weight guavas cut in half

for the crème anglaise

  • 300 mls milk
  • 200 mls cream
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 80 g fructose


for the guavas

  • Place the water and fructose into a sauce pan
  • Bring to the boil and stir until the sugar dissolves
  • Boil for 5 minutes and then reduce the heat
  • Add the guavas and poach for 30 minutes until soft
  • Strain and retain the simple syrup for future use, discard the star anise
  • Purée the guavas and leave in the fridge overnight

for the crème anglaise

  • Gently heat the milk and the cream with the star anise in a sauce pan until blood temperature
  • Whisk together the egg yolks and fructose until reaches a ribbon stage
  • Pour half of the milk over the eggs, whisking the entire time
  • Pour the eggs back into the sauce pan and stir with a wooden spoon over a medium heat until a custard form
  • Strain and place into the fridge overnight

for the ice cream

  • Whisk the guavas into the crème anglaise until completely mixed
  • Churn in your ice cream maker until the desired consistency
  • Place into a freezer container and freeze

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26 thoughts on “Guava Ice Cream Made With Fresh Fruit

  1. Hi Tandy, what a wonderful dessert, very creative to poach the guavas, I bet this is delicious! Domestic blindness has my husbands name written all over it, I could go on and on but I’ll just say he seems to have very similar symptoms.

  2. Beautiful ice cream – Big Man certainly suffers with domestic blindness and I do when I can’t find my glasses – but in fairness, becuase I can’t actually see very well without them at least I have an excuse 🙂

  3. Oh, I can almost smell those guavas – delicious Tandy. We don’t really get guava here but feijoas are prolific in autumn/early winter.

  4. I think we all suffer from various forms of domestic blindness: anything that is a constant in our field of vision (or daily experience) is at risk for becoming invisible to us! It’s one of the reasons I try to remember to take a mindful stroll through fridge/freezer, pantry, cupboards and closets throughout the house from time to time. I’m always amazed at what I’ve forgotten (even rather quickly!) I have on hand.

    It’s when this extends to the resources of wonderful people I have around me that I get seriously worried! So even if your husband’s idea of making dessert from scratch is a tiny bit of a stretch, the fact that he dishes it up for you seems like a fine clue that he’s a keeper, and I’ll bet you’ll never become blind to such a fine resource as a man who serves you ice cream, homemade or not!


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