Informal Battle: Vanilla Ice Cream

7 Nov

The Veganewbie team has recently been on a mission to find the very best in homemade ice cream recipes. Our documentation along the way has been minimal at best, so excuse us if we gloss over some of the details and cut to the chase.

Contender One – One of those recipes calling for coconut milk.
Result – How can one even call it vanilla ice cream when it tastes overwhelmingly like coconut? And the consistency? Not great.

Contender Two – One of those recipes calling for tofu.
Result – OK, but lets just say there’s a solid half gallon of this still sitting in out freezer waiting to be thrown out.

Contender Three – Wheeler del Torro’s recipe from The Vegan Scoop.
Results – Now THIS is what we’re talking about!! Good consistency. Good taste. Finally, something that tastes comparable to the non-dairy ice creams that grocery stores expect us to pay $5 a pint for.

Since One and Two aren’t even worth bothering in comparison, we’ll skip right to the chase and cover Three. For a video tutorial of the recipe and a variation, visit Everyday Dish TV or for even more recipes from Wheeler, buy The Vegan Scoop.

The Vegan Scoop1 cup soy milk, divided
2 tablespoons arrowroot
2 cups soy creamer
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup soy milk with arrowroot and set aside.

Mix the soy creamer, remaining 3/4 cup soymilk, and sugar together in a saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, take off heat and immediately pour in the arrowroot cream. This will cause the liquid to thicken noticeably.

Add the vanilla extract.

Set the ice cream mixture aside to cool, then place in refrigerator. Ice cream mixture should be well chilled before adding to ice cream machine. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. (Veganewbie uses the KitchenAid ice cream attachment. It pretty much rocks.)

Copyright © 2009 Wheeler del Torro The Vegan Scoop

Update: Do yourself a favor and double this recipe.  It really doesn’t make nearly enough.

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