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adventures with agave nectar

Mandymac Apr 25, 2008 01:55 PM

I recently tried making ice cream with agave nectar instead of sugar, and came up with some interesting results. I followed a basic Mark Bitmann custard-style vanilla recipe, and subbed the agave for sugar 1:1. If I had to do over again, I might increase the agave perhaps 25%.

The results were interesting--the sweetness isn't as assertive; it hits you after the creaminess. I liked it all and all, but I'm not sure everyone would. I find that agave definitely leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue.

What was interesting was what I think the sweetener did to the consistency of the ice cream. usually ice cream will freeze rock hard in my freezer, but this batch stayed at a wonderful consistency--reason enough to recommend agave in ice cream making.

Wondering if anyone else has interesting experiences or uses for agave nectar. Not opposed to sugar per se; I'm more of an experimenter.

  1. HillJ Apr 27, 2008 12:45 PM

    My daughter enjoy adding the frozen agave nectar into smoothies instead of ice.

    1. w
      walterbode Apr 26, 2008 02:02 PM

      I wish I could respond to the texture question, but I can say that in barbecue sauces and the like, agave provides a milder, creamier sweetness than honey. I'm a big fan of it and I wish it were more readily available out here in the stix.

      1. coll Apr 26, 2008 06:49 AM

        I made margaritas for my sister visiting from San Diego, using agave syrup, and she said they tasted just like in Cabo/Baja, which I took as the highest praise. I'm definitely going to use it in my mojitos this summer too, and any other drinks that call for simple syrup.

        1. paulj Apr 25, 2008 07:54 PM

          I believe honey and other liquid sugars have a similar effect on texture.

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          1. re: paulj
            sfumato Apr 26, 2008 04:45 PM

            It's a side effect of the higher concentration of sugars in inverted sugar syrups (honey's properties, like its acidity, are very similar, so it has the same effect).

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