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Lime-y Watermelon & Coconut Ice Cream Sundaes

Yeah you read that right.  We're giving you a recipe for a sundae.

We know.  We're kind of on a non-baking summertime roll.  And who needs a recipe for a sundae?!

Uh well...we kinda are hoping you do.  Seriously lovelies, you have to try this.

Lime, watermelon and coconut.  WHO KNEW?! 

Well, actually, we're sure that like 26783 bartenders at any number of Caribbean resorts know that lime, watermelon and coconut (perhaps with a rather large amount of rum) make a fairly fabulous trifecta of taste.

And they also make a fairly fabulous sundae. 

So yes - a recipe for a sundae.  And well ice cream also.  You know, because we really like making our own ice cream (buttermilk, lime, dulce de leche and all sorts of other treats).

And it's so easy!  Yes even without an ice cream maker (seriously, where would a gal store an ice cream maker in an NYC galley kitchen?)!  And then you have a whole mass of your own ice cream.  Which, let's get real, is kind of the best thing ever.

So we are really hoping you needed this sundae recipe.  Forget sprinkles.  Forget hot fudge sauce (we mean, for the time being, not forever obvs).

Lime-y watermelon and coconut.  Rum optional.

Lime-y Watermelon & Coconut Ice Cream Sundaes
Serves 6

Print Recipe

For the coconut ice cream:
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 13.5 ounce cans regular coconut milk
1 vanilla bean

For the sundaes:
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 cups watermelon, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Zest of 2 limes

To make the coconut ice cream:

In a large bowl, whisk yolks and sugar together until light pale yellow, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and whisk again until well combined.  Scrape vanilla beans into mixture and stir.  Drop in the vanilla bean as well.

Place mixture in a medium pot over medium heat and stir constantly, until just thickened (should coat the back of a spoon), about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil. 

Transfer contents of pot to a bowl and chill until cold. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions then transfer to a container with a lid and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more.  You can also use David Lebovitz's method for making ice cream if you don't have an ice cream maker (which is what we did).

To assemble the sundaes:

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Lightly toast the coconut in a single layer for about 2-3 minutes, until pale golden.

Combine watermelon, lime zest and lime juice in a bowl and stir.

Place a scoop of ice cream in 6 small glasses.  Top with a layer of watermelon, another scoop of ice cream and a final layer of watermelon.  Sprinkle generously with coconut flakes.  Serve immediately.

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Whoa, I think I love you. This sundae looks fantastic! Usually, watermelon doesn't last long enough to make something like this (I'm that girl who eats whole watermelons sometimes...) but I'd certainly hold out for this dessert. And coconut ice cream=love. Hey, it's dairy-free, too. So it's kind of healthy ;)

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Whatttt! Watermelon and coconut - two of my favorite things in the world, what's not to love about this!

Watermelon and coconut together? YUM!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

That's one awesomely pretty sundae!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Ah, must be the best bakers were all thinking "lime" today! This sounds very creative... and I'm long overdue for making ice cream...

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

yummm, this looks perfectly refreshing!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNelly

this is brilliant. absolutely brilliant. I am making this soon, soon, soon.

i just saw this recipe in martha stewarts magazine!
dying to make it.

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhat katie's baking

Watermelon and coconut are so refreshing!

This looks so cool and refreshing and simply delicious!

Girls! This sounds heavenly!! Just found your blog, and I am lovin' it! xo

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana@TheSundaySweet

These look so refreshing and unique! YUM

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

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