Bountiful fruity bits in chilled creamy goodness,this frozen treat calms the craving for the cool.With fruit lovers as in my family,the fresh berries and stone fruit rarely make it to recipe,a smoothie at the best or an ice cream or fruit pops are always worth waiting for.
I haven't done anything hugely different in this Ice cream,except for flavoring with generous load of fresh cherries,otherwise it follows the same method as in all the ice creams that I recreated or adapted from Rachel Albert-Matesz's Ice Dream Cookbook.The vegan healthy ice cream,uses dairy free substitutes as Coconut milk for heavy cream and low calorie sweetener for plain sugar.You can find more details about these ingredients used from my earlier post.
Recipe : Dairy free Chunky Cherry Ice Cream ,inspired by Rachel Albert-Matesz recipes as in Ice Dream Cookbook.
Yields 1 3/4 cup
one 14 ounce can Coconut milk(preservative free,I use Thai Kitchen brand)
1 pound fresh cherries,seeded and chopped
1/4 cup honey,agave nectar or 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cool or cold filtered water
2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin or 3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder (not the flakes)
pinch of salt
1.Warm the water in small sauce pan.Sprinkle the gelatin or agar-agar,do no stir,let dissolved completely 4-5 minutes.Turn off the heat.
2.Process halve of the chopped cherries in a food processor or vitamix until finely chopped,the add the coconut milk,sweetener(honey or agave),salt,the gelatin or agar-agar mixture and blend again until well combined and smooth.
3-Pour into one or more wide-mouthed jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before churning.
4-Scrape the chilled custard into the canister of your ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Mix in the rest halve of the chopped cherries.
5-Serve immediately or spoon into several 8-to 16-ounce freezer safe containers. Cover and freeze for 3 or more hours for a firmer texture.
6-Soften solidly frozen dessert by placing it in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.
Without the Ice cream machine method
After the step 2,transfer the Ice Cream mixture in to a freezer proof container,preferably air tight.Freeze for about an hour,then get the container out and whisk the mixture using a spatula or hand held whisk or electric whisk to break the ice crystals forming over the edges of the container.Freeze and whisk again after 30-40 minutes ,repeat this for about 6 hours until the mixture is almost frozen.Serve immediately or freeze.Do as in step 6 to serve.
Have you screamed for Ice cream yet?What's keeping you from?.The heat is on,inspirational ideas are here.Wait no more,feel the joy of home made ice cream.Create one healthy frozen and share the recipe with Health Nut Challenge 6 :I Scream for Ice cream before June 30th.