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Monday, January 1, 2018

Cranberry Nicecream

Last year, we spent the New Year by playing Pathfinder in my friend's basement. This year(or, I guess, last year) we did it at our home and I ran my first-ever campaign! It was just a one-shot, but I got the chance to do some real writing and explore a world I'd been building for the better part of 10 years. It's a wild world full of fun characters.

Anywho, I couldn't host a party without some party foods. I made a dairy-free 'parmesan' dip with crackers, some lovely cassoulet noir(made with black beans instead of white beans), and a delicious homage to a Baked Alaska using my cranberry nicecream. Wait, what is nicecream? Vegan ice cream, of course! Here's how it's done...

Cranberry Nicecream

  • 1 cup vegan coconut milk-based plain yogurt (SO Delicious is my favorite brand)
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp good vanilla extract/vanilla paste
  • 2 tsp vegan gelatin(I love Druid's Grove, certified Kosher/Vegan, excellent 1:1 substitute for animal-based gelatin)

Put your cranberries and yogurt in the pitcher of your blender. I love using fresh cranberries, especially for my Ilvermorny Cranberry Pie, so it's an ingredient that I tend to have around the house during the winter months. You can, of course, use frozen cranberries - but don't thaw them! Put them frozen into the blender; that way, it'll cool faster!

In a medium saucepot, bloom the gelatin in the water for 3 minutes, then pour the sugar on top. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. This will, of course, dissolve the gelatin, but also dissolve the sugar, which is important. 

Pour the hot sugar syrup over the berries into the pitcher of the blender, and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds on High in my Vitamix, about 1 minute and 30 seconds for a standard blender, just so long as all of the skin is essentially broken up and pureed.

Process in your ice cream maker according to the factory instructions. Freeze to set in a container. Enjoy with whipped cream and meringue biscuits. Or just by itself! Happy cooking and happy eating!

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