Açai Ice Cream

Recommended Equipment:

ice cream maker (we used the KitchenAid Ice Cream attachment)

Ingredients:

2 cup whipping cream

2 cups half-and-half

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped

2 tbsp apricot preserves

1 10 oz. bottle Açai juice, we used Sambazon

Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan, mix together all of the ingredients over medium heat.  Stir occasionally until the mixture is scalding (but not boiling).  Remove from the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the vanilla bean and pour the mixture into a plastic, lidded container.  Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze it according to the instructions that came with your ice cream maker.
  4. When the mixture reaches a "soft serve" consistency, transfer the mixture back into a plastic, lidded container and place the container in the freezer to harden for at least an hour.
  5. Serve when ready.