When I started brainstorming for this collaboration with Pranita, I found a lot of dairy-free ice cream recipes, and it had reached the point where I wasn’t unable to choose just one flavour myself. So I sent a list to Pranita, and she picked two. The chocolate one, and this vanilla one. We had initially thought of putting up both the recipes together, along with the illustrations. However, we didn’t want to overdo it. In fact, we had planned to do a post on Zucchini Bread. Unfortunately, after many many many trials, the bread did not work out. And so in its place, we have some delicious dairy-free vanilla ice cream.
There’s a very very gentle flavour of coconut so you can call it vanilla coconut ice cream if you’d like.
For the ice cream:
- 400ml of coconut milk (two of the tetra packs you get from Dabur are ideal)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup honey
- 2tsp vanilla essence
In a saucepan, warm 300 ml of the coconut milk on a slow flame with the honey. Allow the honey to dissolve completely into the milk.
In another bowl, whisk the cornstarch and balance 100ml of coconut milk.
Add the cornstarch mixture (aka slurry) to the warmed milk.
On a low flame stirring continuously, allow the milk to heat up until it coats the back of a spoon. When you dip the spoon into the milk, (you should be able to draw a line across it).
Take the mixture off the heat, and whisk in the vanilla essence.
Pour it into a freezable container. Allow it to sit until it comes to room temperature. Cover it with a sheet of butter paper, let the butter paper touch the custard since that is the only way to prevent a film from forming on it.
Once it cools down, freeze, mixing every couple of hours to prevent ice crystals from forming. I would recommend doing this about 5-7 times. I know that means a lot of time dedicated to doing this, but even if you stretch the time out to 4 hours instead of two, you should be good.
If you have an ice cream churner, however, just pour cooled mixture into the machine and it’ll do the work for you!
The illustration Pranita did for this, is my absolute favorite, so please check out her site and download the free printable!