Cashew ice cream: Milk ice cream with vanilla

Delicious cashew ice cream dressed with caramelized nuts and maple syrup.
Delicious cashew ice cream dressed with caramelized nuts and maple syrup.

Cashews taste sweetish-nutty and so it is not surprising that they are also ideal for processing as ice cream.

You can often find ice cream recipes that use cashews as the base for vegan ice cream flavors. I have to say that none of them have convinced me yet. If you love the cashew flavor and are not vegan, then try this recipe.

To make it clear once again, this is about not about a vegan ice cream, but about combining the cashew flavor with a creamy vanilla milk ice cream. I hope this sounds as good to you as it does to me 🙂 .

Granted the inherent flavor of the cashews is not very prominent, however, I find that the Cashew ice cream a special touch and creaminess by these delicious seeds.

Ingredients cashew ice cream

For 4 servings you need the following ingredients:

  • 400 g milk
  • 100 g cream
  • 15 g sugar
  • 45 g glucose
  • 40 g dextrose (=grape sugar)
  • 20 g skimmed milk powder
  • 30 g cashew nuts (soak in hot water for 1 hour beforehand)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pulp
  • 1 pinch locust bean gum
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation cashew ice cream

  • Soak cashews in hot water for 1 hour, then drain the water.
    Soaking softens the seeds and makes them easier to puree in the next step. This results in the ice cream being finer. If you don't have that much time, then pour boiling water over the cashews and let them stand for at least about 10 minutes.
Soak cashews in hot water for one hour.
Soak cashews in hot water for one hour.
  • Finely puree the cashews together with the milk and cream in a blender. Do not beat too long so that the fat of the cream does not settle.
  • Pour the cashew cream and milk mixture into a saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients. Also the scraped out pulp and the vanilla pod itself.
  • Heat, stirring, until just before boiling.
  • Hold at this temperature for a few minutes. Meanwhile, continue to stir.
  • Allow the finished ice cream mixture to cool and infuse in the refrigerator for a few hours so that the vanilla flavor becomes more intense. Alternatively, continue processing immediately.
  • Before freezing, remove the vanilla pod and blend the ice cream mixture again.

The Ice cream machine prepare and pre-cool for a few minutes depending on the model. Switch on the stirrer and add the ice cream mass (duration approx. 30 minutes).
Alternatively in freezer compartment Allow to freeze and mix well every 30 minutes with a hand mixer (total duration approx. 4 hours).

If the ice cream has been kept in the freezer for longer, it will become hard. Then let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before eating.

Creamy cashew ice cream on pancake with caramelized nuts, honey and pomegranate seeds.
Creamy cashew ice cream on pancake with caramelized nuts, honey and pomegranate seeds.

Tips and trivia:

  • If you want to, you can have a Caramel sauce prepare, which after cooling can be layered with the ice cream or folded in like a marble cake.
  • Very good also do honey, maple syrup and Brittle of cashews or other nuts to make this delicious ice cream.
  • Cashews are not strictly speaking nuts, but stone fruits. The same applies to almonds and pistachios.
  • The extraction of cashews is not easy and is unfortunately sometimes accompanied by inhumane conditions or child labor. Therefore, please make sure that you buy fairly traded cashews such as for example from GEPA - as always no affiliate link. 😉 But there are of course various other sources of supply.

2 comments

  1. Does glucose in the ingredient list mean glucose syrup? If not, I need help, where can I get glucose?
    Greetings, Sylvia

    1. Hello Sylvia,

      Glucose in my recipes always means dry glucose. You can get it in many online stores, on Amazon or in the pharmacy. However, I have never seen it in the supermarket.
      I'll put in two links for you. Since I still live on the 5 kg package that I ordered years ago, I can not say anything about the price-performance ratio of the two links. With the Amazon link I know that this dry glucose is ordered more often in the ice cream community.
      Amazon Dry Glucose
      Naturalissimo dry glucose

      Just to explain, I prefer to use dry glucose because it's easier to measure out than glucose syrup. If you have glucose syrup at home, you could try adapting the recipe. I haven't tried that yet, though. As a general rule, 4 parts glucose syrup equals 3 parts dry glucose. That means you would have to use 60g of glucose syrup in this recipe. However, then we have a bit more water in it and that leads to a harder ice cream. By the way, there are many recipes for do-it-yourself glucose syrup on the internet. However, this is not real glucose syrup, but usually just dissolved dextrose. Unfortunately, this is not a suitable substitute.

      I hope I was able to help you. Let me know how it went and which variant you chose.

      Kind regards

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