2/14/15

Almond, Raspberry, and White Chocolate Ice Cream: Romeo and Juliet


"These violent delights have violent ends
and in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume"

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. I couldn't resist making something Valentiney, and at the risk of being totally cliche, I knew I wanted something inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Literature has provided thousands of stories of love and compassion, and most of them have absolutely nothing to do with romance. But on this day for celebrating eros, R&J kind of got it in the bag. What sums up Valentine's Day better than impulsive decisions and terrible communication? So to celebrate their beautiful, fleeting romance, I made this almond and coconut ice cream, with raspberries, white chocolate, and almonds. It's gone too soon in the bowl (like our star-crossed lovers), but in the freezer it'll last forever (like their love).

Happy Valentine's day everyone!



Yields: 4 cups of ice cream
Time to Make: 40 minutes (plus chilling)

Ingredients

1 14-ounce can of coconut cream*
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup almonds, slivered or chopped**
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 pint fresh raspberries

*Similar to coconut milk but more condensed. You can use coconut milk, but use two cans and leave out the almond milk!
** I recommend toasting some for a beautiful topping!

Preparation

1. In a medium sauce pan, heat the coconut cream, 1 cup of almond milk, sugar, and salt over medium heat, until melted and completely combined.

2. Mix the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the remaining almond milk until smooth, then add to the hot mixture. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally until the base thickens and clings to the back of a spoon.

3. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Allow to cool completely with cling-wrap covering the surface.

4. When the base is cool, make in an ice cream maker until smooth (usually about 30 minutes).


5. Stir in the almonds, raspberries, and white chocolate chips. Scoop out into a freezer-safe container, and garnish with almonds, if desired.

6. Takes up to 4 hours to set, but you can dig in immediately for delicious soft-serve!


Happy baking!

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