I have seen red bean ice cream in Asian groceries stores and I have always wondered what it was like. I finally decided to just try making my own. I had made red bean paste or Tsubushian (or an or anko or azuki-an) here , so I knew what that was like. I decided that I would like to have both the flavour of the red bean paste and the texture of the whole red reads so I decided to use half mashed and half whole red beans. I started with the same base ice cream recipe that I have used before. When making ice cream I generally start with less sugar and add some more after everything has come together until it gets to the level of sweetness that I want. This time I added the red beans and red bean paste until it got to the consistency that I wanted as well. The red bean ice cream turned out well. I really liked the flavour and the texture of the ice cream. I had some of the red beans in the simple syrup (Tsubuan) left over and I spooned some on top of the red bean ice cream for some extra red bean goodness.
Azuki (Red Bean) Ice Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 egg yolk
- 1/2 cup tsubuan (whole red beans simmered in water and sugar)
- 1/2 cup tsubushian (whole red beans simmered in water and sugar and then mashed)
- Heat the cream, milk, sugar in a sauce pan until it almost boils, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Add one table spoon of the cream mixture to the egg to temper it.
- Add the egg to the sauce pan.
- Cook at low heat until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
- Add the tsubuan and tsubushian to the mixture.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge.
- Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.
Can you find azuki beans in a regular grocery store? I want to make my own red bean paste and then made red bean buns, those are my favourite!
I found some canned Eden Organic Adzuki Beans in a few regular grocery stores (a Dominion and Whole Foods here in Toronto). I also saw the same brand at a specialty store at the St. Lawrence Market and I have seen dried Aziku beans at Asian grocery stores.
hey, great idea to make Azuki ice cream!!
Wow, what a unique idea. I can almost imagine what that must have tasted like and it sounds like it might actually be good. If anything, it’s very pretty.
Nora B. says
oh I LOVE red bean ice-cream! It’s one of my childhood favorites. Now I’ll have to get some before I leave Singapore. I also love red bean bao (chinese steamed buns), actually, anything red bean. This looks fab, Kevin, and I also love the plate.
As for your comment about sweet potato bread, I think the orange ones would taste so good in bread, and the bread will look orangey, but the purple sweet potato, despite its name, actually has white flesh:
Bellini Valli says
I learnt something new yet again today..I have never heard of red bean icecream. I imagine it to be quite good because there are plenty of compliments on it!
Beth G. says
WOW! That is AMAZING!! What a fabulous and creative thing to make & I love the dish it’s on too!!
Oh, this looks so much like traditional chocolate chip ice-cream!
Now you can buy some matcha and make yourself some matcha+ red bean ice-cream. They always been to be together 😛
Mmm…sounds interesting. In a good way. I’ve never had red bean anything. I think. It sounds familiar, though.
Kevin, that looks really interesting. I’ve seen azuki beans in a natural foods store here. Are they primarily used in sweets?
Thumbs up, Kevin 🙂
Red bean ice cream! That really reminds me of childhood treats. My mum loves red bean ice cream while I prefer sweetcorn ice cream.
Laurie Constantino says
Kevin, this sounds really interesting. I’ve never tried sweet red beans before, but this looks very tasty, so I should probably expand my horizens – thanks!
mmmm, i love things w/red beans 🙂 i wish i had an ice cream maker!
I made red bean ice cream based on the recipe you posted, and it was delicious… well, until my ice cream maker made funny noises, so it was a bit underchurned so that harmed it.
But it’s great!
I found dried Azuki beans by my favorite Japanese food brand, Shirakiku, in a Japanese depaato I frequent, Mitsuwa.
This is a great recipe! I have had Azuki ice cream before at restaurants and find that it is always really thick and pasty. Very difficult to eat and sometimes too sweet for the chilled temperature. With this recipe it’s very creamy and the flavor is just right! Very well done!
Sweeter Life Club says
Hi. This is really great idea to make red bean ice cream! I like your creativity and this ice cream is absolutely fabulous.
Red Bean Ice Cream Recipe