Making gelato with non-dairy milk?
Hubby is lactose intolerant but enjoys ice cream/gelatos. Is it possible to make good home-made ice cream/gelatos with non-dairy milk options (rice, soy, hazelnut, almond, etc)? Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated.
Here's the working recipe for peanut butter chocolate soy ice cream. I still can’t seem to make a proper custard so I cheat and add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the soy creamer and cook until the cornstarch thickens. Perhaps I’ll just get rid of the eggs and use cornstarch exclusively. I think you can probably use some kind of soy milk for the creamer since the peanut butter has fat. I just had creamer on hand that day.
3 large egg yolks (4 medium) (150 calories)
½ cup sugar.(380 calories)
1 pint soy creamer (480 calories)
3 square bittersweet (70%) chocolate, chopped
1/3-1/2 cup creamy Jif-like peanut butter.
1 tsp vanilla
Beat sugar and egg yolks together in large pan until thick and light yellow.
Mix a little soy creamer with the cornstarch and set aside.
Heat rest of soy creamer in microwave w/ salt, chocolate, peanut butter until hot and chocolate melted.
Add cornstarch solution and stir well.
Mix a little hot soy creamer into eggs stirring constantly. Keep adding slowly until all is incorporated.
Cook for 5 min over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture coats back of spoon (looks like latex paint)
Cool in fridge overnight. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
Oh yeah i forgot to mention that I've tried some other recipes for soy ice cream. I tried the tofu ice cream here http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecip... but it wasn't as rich as I wanted even though the "custard" I made was gloriously sweet and creamy. Also, others complained that they could taste the silken tofu I used.
I'd be interested in hearing what you end up making.
Coconut milk works wonderfully for dairy free ice cream. You can use a cooked custard recipe or a non-cooked recipe. Light coconut milk (or about 50/50 water and regular coconut milk) works fine too. I just used nomal dairy recipes and subbed in the coconut milk. It does add a slight coconut flavor (less so if you use half water), but it's pretty easy to work with the flavor.
Rice and soy milk tend to get grainy IME, but you might have good luck with almond or hazelnut.
If you cannot find a recipe --- by all means try my favorite soy ice cream called Soy Delicious. It is made by Turtle Mountain. I buy it at our local Whole Foods.
My favorite flavor is Pistachio Almond. This tastes like full fat ice cream, but has no dairy and no sugar. It is the most delicious ice cream! Really. He will not miss the real thing. Here is their website: http://www.turtlemountain.com/product...
You can search on their website where you will be able to buy it locally in your area.