Of all the things I cook on a regular basis, two items stand out to me as total blank slates: pasta and ice cream. Pasta is what I use when I have little bits of 20 different ingredients left in the fridge. Everything gets combined, fingers are crossed that it all tastes good together, and a warm and filling meal is on the table. The other blank slate? Ice cream.
I’ve been making ice cream with my parents since back when we used an old wooden barrel ice cream maker that involved rock salt and earplugs. It was before the Internet, so our recipes consisted of a hand-transcribed recipe for a basic batch of vanilla, and whatever else we would stumble across in newspapers or magazines.
It was definitely back before this whole artisanal ice cream movement that has swept the nation in the last decade, so the most adventurous we got was mint ice cream with crème de menthe liquor that my Mom and I had to beg the liquor store sales clerk to sell us a few minutes before noon on a Sunday (as at that time, no alcohol could be sold before noon on Sunday in our state). Yep, we broke the law for a batch of homemade ice cream!
Now that I have an efficient ice cream maker that doesn’t involve messy rock salt, local gourmet markets with great ingredients, and an extra freezer in the garage to store it all, my ice cream options are basically endless. A blank slate!
This batch marks the first time where I’ve branched out and included a non-dairy milk in my ice cream base. Silk Vanilla Coconutmilk adds a slight tropical touch to this versatile vanilla-coconut ice cream. This coconut-scented ice cream can be used in place of basic vanilla in sundaes and shakes, eaten on it’s own, or topped with a variety of sauces. Here, I used raspberries and spiced rum (bought legally, after noon) to make a quick fruity sauce, and also topped my dessert bowls with a bit of toasted coconut flakes to reinforce that lovely coconut flavor.
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For the Raspberry-Rum Sauce:
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