The original recipe, ‘Purely Vanilla Icecream’ comes from ‘Go Dairy Free’by Alisa Fleming
Bob and I being chocoholics, I had a play with the recipe.
- 3 cups unsweetened dairy free milk alternative.
- (I use pea milk – known as ‘Like Milk’ in Australia)
- ¾ cup sugar (I use raw)
- 10 tablespoons cocoa (I use Bourneville sugar free)
- ½ cup raisins and/or currants well soaked in rum
- (I leave soaking for 2 -3+ weeks then remove and allow to dry on paper towel for a week or so)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 teaspoons vanilla paste
- Pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Put milk, sugar, cocoa and well dried raisins/currants in the blender. Blend until well mixed and the sugar dissolved.
- Leave motor running on low and gradually add the olive oil. When all oil is added, continue blending on medium until well mixed – roughly 1 minute.
- Add vanilla and salt. Blend approximately 1 minute.
- Add the xanthan gum. Mix for approximately 1 minute.
- Pour into a bowl with lid and place in fridge to chill for at least an hour. I often leave in for 24 hours.
- I use an Aldi ice cream maker. The bowl is placed in the freezer several days prior.
- The blender container is placed in the fridge to chill.
- A friend of mine is a chef. He told me, the trick to nice smooth ice cream without an icy crunch, is the amount of time it is churned. The longer the better.
- Aldi’s ice cream maker bowl gradually haws so, after 20 minutes must be returned to the freezer. Over the period of a day, I remove the mix numerous times and put it though further bouts of 20 minutes churning.
- The timing and regularity is dependent upon the chill of the freezer. Our freezer sits at -15°.
- After the initial churn in the ice cream machine, the mix is returned to the freezer for 30 minutes, then removed for additional 20 minute churnings (repeat process 2 more times).
- After the first 3 churns, to enable the refreezing of the mixing bowl, leave in freezer for an hour before further churning (Repeat an additional 2 – 3 times).
- After the 5th – 6th churn pour mixture into a container and allow to freeze.
- When frozen, it’s ready to eat.