Tropical Papaya (Pawpaw/Papaw) Ice Cream Recipe

Papaya has a very strong flavor that I have always found to mix well with milk so if you are one to enjoy a tropical papaya smoothie, then I think you will definitely enjoy the rich, creamy and distinctly tropical flavor of this ice cream.

makes approx. 1 quart


  • 3 cups heavy/whipping/cooking cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 cups papaya puree*
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • orange food coloring if desired (can also mix red and yellow coloring)

You will also need…

  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • large saucepan
  • fine mesh strainer
  • large spoon
  • blender
  • ice cream maker (ice and rock salt may be required depending on your ice cream maker)


*To make papaya puree, add fresh seedless fruit to a blender and blend until a smooth texture is achieved.

  1. Combine cream, milk, sugar, and salt in the saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir mixture occasionally until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan. While mixture is heating up, whisk egg yolks in mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually and briskly whisk egg yolks into the steaming mixture until combined. Then stir constantly with a spoon.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat when it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Strain mixture.
  6. Add papaya puree, lemon juice, and food coloring (if using) to ice cream base and chill thoroughly.
  7. Process mixture in ice cream maker.
  8. Place finished ice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze or serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency.



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