Monday, August 17, 2009

DIY vegan ice creams

Blueberry Ice Cream from "Vegan Scoop"

The dog days of August are officially upon us: the temperature soared to 94 degrees in Philly today. As I hobbled to the bank and felt myself withering under the afternoon sun, I wondered, for a moment, if I was back in India. It's ice cream season, plain and simple, and two new inspiring new books can help you cool off sans cholesterol. Both Lick It! and The Vegan Scoop are chock-full of inventive recipes for vegan ice creams, sorbets, ice pops and sauces. Since I bought these books, my ice cream maker has been working overtime.


Lemon Cheesecake Ice Cream from "Lick It"

Lick It! relies mainly on full-fat coconut milk to give its ice cream recipes a creamy, toothsome texture, while The Vegan Scoop leans on soy creamer and arrowroot powder. I've tried numerous recipes from both books, and must say that both versions are excellent. If you like to experiment with exotic flavor combinations, then I would advise you to first delve into The Vegan Scoop. In addition to offering recipes for classic flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate and Butter Pecan, you'll also find recipes for Eucalyptus, Thai Chili Coconut, Sweet Potato, and Sweet Basil, among others. If making ice cream pies and bombes is your thing, then first reach for Lick It! It features gorgeous ice cream pies, bombes and terrines that will knock your guests' socks off.



Strawberry Ice Cream from "Lick It"

As a special added bonus, both books provide much more than just icy dessert recipes. The Vegan Scoop also includes instructions for ice cream's most popular "accessories," including Sugar Cones, Belgian Waffles, and Biscotti. Lick It! also features recipes for classic shakes, ice cream sodas and sauces. My favorite is...get this!...Hardening Chocolate Sauce. It cools over your ice cream to form a crackly, crispy coating that kids from 3 to 103 will adore.

Soy ice cream is costly--about $3 for a pint. Make just 3 or 4 batches of ice cream from either book, and it will pay for itself. Plus, nothing is as satisfying, fun or tasty as DIY vegan ice creams.

26 comments:

Bianca said...

I've thought about buying those books, but I think I'd gain like a million pounds eating ice cream all the time!

DJ said...

I've bought 'vegan scoop' cos me and the kids love our ice-cream and now we're only one ice-cream maker away from fulfilling our maple pecan dreams...

aimee said...

Wow, where do you buy soy ice cream for only $3 a pint? These books look so fabulous! And Hannah Kaminsky has a great ice cream e-book, as well! I love ice cream season!

Amy said...

I can't believe you haven't had anything to say about Philly's newest football player!

Theresa said...

Lemon cheesecake ice cream? Must. get. icecream. maker. And these books. Stat!

Vegan Deluxe said...

I love the Vegan Scoop cookbook; have made blueberry, peach, butter pecan, coffee, and my personal favorite; mint chocolate chip. It's just dreamy. It's so easy and the results are delicious!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I can't wait for it to get a bit warmer in SF, so I can start the ice cream making!

buffalodick said...

When it comes to cool summer treats, much can be done with light, low cal delights....

Rachael West said...

I have honestly never heard of vegan ice cream before and I love this. I can't eat any dairy products so this would be absolutely perfect.

urban vegan said...

Buff...they are not light or low-cal! LOL. Vegan does not automatically equal low-fat. Nothing low-fat about coconut milk.

Anonymous said...

Ice cream? Quick, hide from the low fat zealots!

urban vegan said...

LOL, Anonymouse.

buffalodick said...

You don't weigh a hundred and nothin"! You must be doing something low cal, as you can't walk worth a flip! Just kiddin' whichca, as usual!

beforewisdom said...

@buffalodick.

I know you are joking, but it is a good segway to an often overlooked topic central to people who enjoy cooking.

That is, how to enjoy food.

In my opinion, enjoying food is about *tasting* more and eating less.

That isn't going to happen with low fat, plain, popcorn.

It will happen with the vegan high calorie, high fat chochlate "cheese" cake (from Lotus Cakes ) at the New Harmony chinese restaurant on 9th street.

When I eat food that has enough taste for me to make an effort to be aware of the taste in each bite, I happily eat less.

Jackie said...

Hear it has been rather hot in your neck of the woods. I cannot wait the next couple of months until it's warm enough for me to try these fabulous looking ice creams. Yummy!

Anonymous said...

for the Vegan Scoop book, what soy creamer have you been using? I'm avoidng silk for a number of reasons and was thinking about the book but heard about the reliance on soy creamer, which is a tunoff. Have you made your own creamer with success? Or perhaps I should just get Lick It.

La Vita Deliziosa said...

i need to get an ice cream maker. luckily may of the gelato shops serve vegan gelato anyway.

urban vegan said...

Anonymous--I've been using Trader Joe's soy creamer...works great for the ice cream.

East Village Vegan said...

I wish I had an ice cream maker. Perfect for the hot summer weather!

dave said...

Wow!! It's wonderful offer!! I would like to buy pink chocolates as valentine gift...

Eco Mama said...

That Blueberry looks wonderful!

Mel said...

This looks so good, but is it horribly lazy of me to want vegan ice cream recipes that don't use a machine? I think I may be asking for too much now!

bazu said...

lemon cheesecake ice cream!!!!!!!!!

sigh. I really need an ice cream maker.

California health insurance said...

So much color! I love it... great for summertime. :)

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