Vegan White Chocolate Rhubarb Ripple Ice Cream

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Don't you love the way rhubarb ripple sounds? Vegan ice cream is a tricky beast. A lot of them rely on coconut milk and oil, which makes every flavor taste, well, like coconut. Except, there is a Van Leeuwen ice cream near my apartment and their vegan flavors never taste too coconutty – unless they are meant to. So I did a little (very little) sleuthing to figure out their secret. Turns out they have a cookbook and their secret is a combination of cashews for chew and cocoa butter and coconut for richness. The combination is not entirely neutral in flavor, you can still taste the individual componenets if you think about it, but the texture is amazingly smooth and rich. I decided to play up the cocoa butter (white chocolate!) flavor in this recipe which pairs beautifully with rhubarb and makes a delightfully springy plant based treat.  


There are a couple of spots left in my Fall Paris Workshop with Olaiya Land! We and I had such a long waitlist for our Paris workshop this Spring (thank you!) that we added another workshop this September 20-24. The format will be pretty much the same as the Spring version - think lots of pastry, delicious wine and cheese, market visits, prop shopping, and some solid photo, styling, and editing lessons in the city of light. This trip is for anyone looking to build their photography and styling skills (all levels welcome) and enjoy lots of beautiful food in one of the most amazing cities in the world. I am so excited to explore Paris in the fall, I am dreaming of the markets already! 


White Chocolate Rhubarb Ripple Ice Cream (Vegan)

makes about 1 quart

ice cream base adapted from Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

The key to the texture of this ice cream is to make sure the mixture is completely smooth and emulsified at every step so don't skip on the blending steps. Also, the ice cream base is wonderful on its own or with a bit of chopped chocolate folded in. 

Roasted Rhubarb Compote

1/2 (225g) pound thin rhubarb stalks

1/2 cup (50g) granulated sugar

juice of 1/2 lemon

Vegan White Chocolate Ice Cream

1/2 cup (75g) raw, unsalted cashews

1 cup (200g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (100g) cocoa butter

3 tablespoons coconut oil

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

For the compote

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Slice the rhubarb into 2-3 inch lengths. Toss it in a baking dish with the sugar, and lemon juice. Roast until soft and juicy. Blend until smooth. Cool completely before using in the ice cream. It should be thick and jammy, if it seems liquidy cook it on the stovetop for a few minutes over medium heat to reduce.

For the ice cream

Cover the cashews with water and let soak overnight. Drain and rinse the cashews then add them to a blender with 1/2 cup water. Puree until completely smooth.

Combine the sugar with 1/4 cup water and cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat then whisk in the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and salt until melted and smooth.

Add the sugar mixture, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds into the blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cooled completely then churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers instructions. Spoon 1/3 of the ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container, dollop 2 tablespoons of the rhubarb compote over the top and swirl with a knife, repeat with more ice cream and rhubarb until you have used all of the ice cream. You will have some rhubarb compote left over. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

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Tahini Stracciatella Ice Cream

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I think we can all agree tahini is having a bit of a moment. Well, it’s Middle Eastern cooking that’s truly having its moment, but the result is ingredients like tahini, rose water, zatar, and sumac are hitting the mainstream. There are premium tahini companies, like Soom Foods (in Philadelphia) popping up, and a new tahini and halva shop in Chelsea Market in NYC. I can even find three different varieties of tahini alongside the peanut butter and almond butter at my local C-Town, a decidedly un-fancy grocery store.

I grew up in a household that always had tahini around (medjool dates dipped in tahini is one of my dad's favorite snacks), and I am so happy to see it get some love because it is incredibly delicious and versatile - tahini's bitter toasty flavor can play a role in both sweet and savory cooking. In sweet preparations, like this super easy, eggless ice cream, it pairs exceptionally well with bold, bitter chocolate. 

More chocolate and tahini goodness:

Danielle Oron’s Salted Chocolate and Tahini Cookies via Molly Yeh

Marbled Chocolate Tahini Cups from A Cozy Kitchen

Tahini Chocolate Cakes from the NY Times

Tahini Hot Chocolate from Bon Appetit

 

Tahini Stracciatella Ice Cream

This ice cream combines chocolate and tahini to great effect. I made it with an eggless base, considering how oily tahini is, I figured I didn’t need the extra richness from egg yolks. It is rich and super creamy, punctuated by chocolate bits that melt as soon as they hit your tongue (thanks to a bit of coconut oil.) 

Ice Cream Base

1 cup (245g) tahini

1 cup (240ml) whole milk

2/3 cup (135g) sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups (480ml) heavy cream

Stracciatella

1/2 cup (75g) chopped bittersweet chocolate or chips

1 (15g) tablespoon coconut oil

Whisk the tahini, milk, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Warm gently while whisking constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is emulsified. Whisk in the vanilla extract and heavy cream until well combined. Chill thoroughly then churn the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

While the mixture is churning melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a double boiler or in the microwave. Whisk until smooth.

In the last minute of churning stream in the chocolate mixture and continue to churn until the chocolate is evenly distributed. Transfer to a freezer safe container, cover and freeze until firm.