Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Single Serving of Hypoallergenic Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Chocolate ice cream, pineapple/coconut ice cream
and the containers  used to freeze them

     You want to serve cake and ice cream at a children's party, and one child who's coming is allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, etc. What kind of cake is that, and where do you find that ice cream?

     The cake is tricky but, as long as the kid is not allergic to coconut, the ice cream doesn't have to be. If you can find Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert in your grocery store, check out the label: it doesn't have any of the ingredients I listed. If you can't find it, the kid is allergic to it after all, you think it's a bit pricy, or you really only want, like, one scoop, keep reading. Making one scoop of coconut-milk-based "ice cream" is surprisingly simple.

    Basic Recipe: Coconut Ice Cream
     1/4 c. canned coconut milk (See Coconut and Milk in the Glossary)
     1 Tb. sugar (See Sugar in the Glossary)
     (optional) 1/4 tsp. corn-free vanilla extract
     Basic Recipe + 1 Tb. cocoa (pure cocoa, not drink powder)

     2 Tb. canned coconut milk (See Coconut and Milk in the Glossary)
     2 Tb. pureed pineapple (Puree a slice of fresh pineapple in a food-
     1 Tb. sugar (See Sugar in the Glossary)
     (optional) 1/4 tsp. corn-free vanilla extract

You will also need
     table salt
     crushed ice (or small ice cubes)
     cold water

     Stir your ingredients together. You are now ready to freeze your mixture. There are commercial gadgets, such as Ice Cream Magic, that do a fine job in 3 or 4 minutes. Follow the instructions.

Ice Cream Magic set

     Alternatively, put your ice cream mixture into a tiny container with a good seal and shut it tightly. Put 3-4 parts ice, 1 part salt, 1 part cold water and the tiny container into a somewhat bigger container with a good seal and shut it tightly. Have the kids take turns shaking for a few minutes, until the mixture turns solid. The point of using crushed ice, cold water and table salt instead of ice cubes and rock salt is to get the process off to a faster start. 

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