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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
My favorite ice cream flavor is Butter Pecan. I love the rich taste of toasted pecans and vanilla. The past few weekends I’ve been working on a Vegan Butter Pecan Ice Cream. This recipe is very simple but delivers a tasty and delicious treat. I hope you enjoy!
Vegan Butter Pecan Ice Cream
by Laura Friendly
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: may vary depending on technique
Ice Cream Maker Time: about 25 minutes
Makes: 1 quart (4 cups)
- 2 cans full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut palm sugar (more or less to taste)
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vegan butter
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp gluten-free vodka, optional
- Melt 1 tbsp of vegan butter into a nonstick saucepan. Cook the pecans over low heat for about 3 minutes, until they are fragrant and lightly browned. Transfer pecans to a paper towel and allow to cool completely.
- Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and place into a medium saucepan with coconut milk, sugar, 2 tbsp vegan butter and salt, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and chill the mixture completely.
- Once coconut mixture has chilled, transfer to a blender and add ⅓ cup of toasted pecans and vodka. Blend until pecans become very fine. If you want the ice cream to be even smoother, drain mixture through a sieve to remove any large pieces of pecan.
- Pour liquid into your ice cream machine bowl, and churn for about 25 minutes, or according to manufacturer's instructions. The last 5 minutes drop in the remaining pecans. Serve immediately.
- If you’d like a firmer consistency, transfer into a freezer safe container with lid, and freeze for about two hours to thicken.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Making a Citrus Salt is a great (and easy) way to put extra zest to good use. The zest of a lemon, lime or orange adds brightness and flavor to many recipes. When you combine a little zest with seasalt, you create a fast way to season any dish. A Citrus Salt allows you to have the flavor of lemons, limes and oranges right at your fingertips for months.
Not only is Citrus Salt a tasty spice to have in your cupboard, it also makes a wonderful housewarming or thank you gift. If you enjoy creating homemade presents, a 3-piece Citrus Salt Combo (lemon, lime and orange) would be perfect for any foodie. The salts will keep for at least 3 months, and depending on how you bottle them they can be quite lovely to look at.
by Laura Friendly
prep time: 5 minutes
drying time: a few hours
makes: 1 cup
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- 2 tbsp citrus zest, more or less to taste (I used Meyer Lemons)
- airtight container, (I prefer glass)
- Combine salt and zest in a food processor. Pulse until the zest is fully mixed into the salt. (you can make the salt as coarse or fine as you like)
- Spread the mixture into a shallow dish and allow to dry out for a few hours. Once dry, transfer Citrus Salt into an airtight container. If the mixture hardened while drying, simply crush it back up.
- Sprinkle over fish, chicken or vegetables and enjoy!
note: store in an airtight container for around 3 months
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