Posts tagged ‘organic ice cream’

June 24th, 2011

Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream

Bangkok peanut was one of the first flavors I tried at Jeni’s Ice cream. I loved the warm peanuty-ness, and then you get hit with the spiciness of the cayenne pepper. I didn’t realize it, until I got the Jeni’s Ice Creams cookbook, that this ice cream is supposed to taste like the ice cream version of Pad Thai, and it does!

It has notes of coconut, peanut butter, ginger and cayenne pepper. It’s definitely a unique ice cream flavor that I think is a winner! The recipe is super easy, and clear to follow. I’m going to be making a lot of the recipes in this book so come back, also for a chance to win a copy of Jeni’s book, that I will be giving away in a few more posts!

In her book, she lists ingredients that are easy to obtain for the home cook. If you shop at a health food store, you can get the ingredients true to the recipe.

Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream

1 1/4 C whole milk
1 T plus 1 t of cornstarch (I used tapioca starch)
1 1/2 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 C natural peanut butter ( I accidentally used 1/3 C and it was fine)
1/2 t natural fine sea salt
1 1/4 C heavy cream
3/4 C unsweetened coconut milk (not light)
2/3 C sugar
2 T light corn syrup (I used organic tapioca syrup)
2 T honey
1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1/8 t cayenne pepper
4 coins of of fresh ginger (optional)

In a medium bowl, cream peanut butter and cream cheese and salt together and set aside.

Toast you coconut, being careful not to burn it. I prefer to put mine in the toaster oven for about 2 minutes, on toast.

Take 2 tablespoons of the milk and mix the corn or tap starch and milk together, and set aside.

Combine the milk, cream, coconut milk, sugar, honey, tapioca syrup, and ginger over medium high heat until it comes to a rolling boil, about 4 minutes.

Once it comes to a boil, take it off the heat and add the milk/starch slurry. Return to medium high heat, for abut 1 minute, until slightly thickened.

Remove the ginger (of added) and slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into the peanut butter mix, until smooth.

Add the cayenne pepper and toasted shredded coconut, and chill over night.

When its thoroughly chilled, freeze according to you ice cream makers instructions. It will be soft, so freeze for 2-3 hours before serving.

* The recipe is perfect! It tastes just like the real thing. The texture is smooth and creamy and professional tasting!

August 20th, 2010

Saffron Maple Ice Cream Studded With Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds


A few years ago I was watching one of those Rachel Ray traveling shows. This was when I was obsessed with Food Network. She was at Mount Rushmore, I think, and found a cute little ice cream shop with tons of flavors. She got one with honey roasted sunflower seeds (if I do recall correctly). It sounded so right, and I’ve been waiting on my favorite local ice cream shop to make this flavor after many hints. I’m still waiting!

So, I took the ice cream into my own hands. I wanted to make the ice cream interesting, even though the honey roasted sun flower seeds would be the star. I thought saffron would get the party started without being intrusive. Maple syrup would also do the same, without fighting with any other flavor and just adding harmony.

I used sucanat sugar and I think this was the dominent flavor of the ice cream. If you use regular sugar, you would probably be able to taste the saffron and maple a little better. But I liked the warm carmel notes the sugar provided. It married well with the sunflower seeds.

I was quite satisfied with my creation. The sunflower seeds are ridiculously addictive so you better make more to munch on. It’s a perfect finish to a light summer dinner.

Saffron maple ice cream

16 oz heavy cream organic
2 1/2 C whole organic milk (reserve 1/4 C for tapioca)
1/2 C sucanat sugar
1/4 C granulated sugar (regular)
1/4 t salt (I use fleur de sal)
1 T +1 t tapioca starch
1 T maple syrup
1 t vanilla bean paste
aprox. 5 threads of saffron

-add the milk and cream in a medium size sauce pan.
-on medium/high heat gently boil them together.
-add the sugars and stir until dissolved.
-continue to gently boil to reduce the liquid mixture by at least a 1/4. *this will foam quite a bit so do yourself a favor and take a set at the stove, or else you will be cleaning a burnt on, milky mess.
-add the maple syrup, saffron, vanilla bean paste and salt, stir and turn off the heat.
-cover the cream and let all the ingredients steep for at least one hour.
-strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and add back into the pot.
-add the reserved (cold) milk to the tapioca starch and mix with your clean fingers until it dissolves and add to the cream.
stir until it thickens, about 3 minutes.
store in a lidded container and refrigerate over night. This is necessary so it is completely cool.
-prepare your ice cream maker according to the manufactures directions, ie freeze the container.
-add the cold custard to your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers directions. It took me about 20 minutes. Once the ice cream is finished you can fold in the honey roasted sunflower seeds and store in a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours.

Honey roasted sunflower seeds

1/2 Raw sunflower seeds
1 T water
1T honey
1 t virgin coconut oil
1 T sugar
1 t fine sea salt

-spread out, on a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment, the sunflower seeds so they are in an even layer.
-roast at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. After 8 minutes stir and roast for another 4- 8 minutes. Once they have a golden brown color take them out to cool.
-in a small sautee pan, add the honey, water and coconut oil and bring to a light boil.
-add the seeds and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed
-in a separate bowl stir together the sugar and salt
-immediately toss in the seeds and coat with the sugar and salt
-once coated, spread out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cool completely.

July 23rd, 2010

Sweet Rose Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Perfectly perfect.  This summer, I have admittedly become obsessed with ice cream.  Be it the heat or the nostalgic idea of having a drippy scoop of  cold ice cream to top off a summer dinner, I love it.  For some reason, ice cream doesn’t have calories, or sugar in the summer.

I have become quite the homemade ice cream master in the past couple of months.  I have made the most perfect vanilla ice cream I have ever had and a close to perfect, buttered scotch.  Some thing just clicked while making this chilly treat.  Before I was a self proclaimed master (of vanilla at least) I was using tons of egg yolks and having to find something to make with the left over whites.  I didn’t like having to buy all those eggs just for one batch of ice cream.  So, I found a new method, tapioca starch, which I learned by reading the ingredients on my favorite bought ice cream/ pint label.

I’m lucky enough to live in the same state as the true ice cream master, Jeni Britton-Bauer, of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (named best ice cream in the US).  B and I have taken more trips than I’d like to mention to her shops to satisfy our little addiction.   I love the way that the base ingredients are glorified.  She uses Snowville Creamery cream, and it wouldn’t be anything less than a sin if she used artificial flavors and heavy add in’s to cover  up the precious taste.  Snowville is a small, mom and pop operation, located here in Ohio and they take a lot of pride in the lives their grass-grazing cow’s live.  I have the pleasure of buying this milk on a regular basis.

To stretch my, so called, ice cream skills I really wanted to make a rose flavored ice cream.  Not the kind that tastes like eating straight perfume, the kind that is ever so slightly blushed with that pink, floral taste.  I had the perfect solution.  I just bought a new Tulsi tea, sweet rose, which I love!  It’s a wonderful swirl of fragrance and body with the health benefits of Tulsi (holy basil.)  Holy Basil is an herb  that is sacred in India.  It is said to promote calm, stamina, immunity, metabolism etc.  I drink this tea often and I can say I’ve never felt bad after drinking it.

I’m not saying ice cream is a health food by any means, but I am saying, if your going to eat it, make it your self.  You control the ingredients and at Jeni’s, a pint in $8!!  I’m also saving money.  A lot of people don’t realize it, but sometimes after eating conventional ice cream, especially from chain shops, they experience a pseudo sinus infection/flu.  This is from the “natural & artificial” flavors.  Our bodies know what their doing, and when we consume something that is artificial, or bodies issue and auto immune response to protect itself.  This is why I only eat ice cream at one place  (Jeni’s) and  I make the rest!

This is the most creamy, scoop-able-right out-of-the-freezer ice cream ever! Happy Churning!

Sweet Rose, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:

  • 15 oz. organic whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 C. organic whole milk
  • 3/4 C. organic  sugar
  • 1/4 t Fleur de Sal
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T + 1 t tapioca starch
  • 3 T organic whole milk
  • 2 Tulsi sweet rose tea bags
  1. add the milk and cream in a medium size sauce pan.
  2. on medium/high heat gently boil them together.
  3. add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  4. continue to gently boil to reduce the liquid mixture by at least a 1/4. *this will foam quite a bit so do yourself a favor and take a set at the stove, or else you will be cleaning a burnt on, milky mess.
  5. add the honey and salt, stir and turn off the heat.
  6. split a vanilla bean and scrape it with the back of a knife to get out all of the seeds and add pod and seeds to the hot cream mix.
  7. cut open the tea bags and also add to the hot cream mix.
  8. cover the cream and let all the ingredients steep for at least one hour.
  9. strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and add back into the pot.
  10. add the 3 T (cold) milk to the tapioca starch and mix with your clean fingers until it dissolves and add to the cream.
  11. stir until it thickens, about 3 minutes.
  12. store in a lidded container and refrigerate over night.  This is necessary so it is completely cool.
  13. prepare your ice cream maker according to the manufactures directions, ie freeze the container.
  14. add the cold custard to your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers directions. It took me about 20 minutes.
  15. When it’s finished churning, store in a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours to set.
  16. Enjoy!