I’m not a vegan but I just love coconut based ice creams. They are deliciously creamy yet refreshing and lighter than ordinary ice creams. The leftover rum from my mango trifle was begging to be used up and, of course, coconut and rum are a match made in heaven, so it had to be… Rum & Raisin Ice Cream!
I know I said I was looking forward to Autumn cooking from now on and ice cream doesn’t really fit into that imagery. But I love making ice cream any time of year… It’s perfect served with warm winter desserts and pies, plus you can use Autumn flavours to make seasonal ice creams (eg, my Pumpkin Orange Ice Cream – also dairy-free)
In this recipe, I’ve used brown sugar to add some flavour and depth but ordinary sugar would be fine or you can substitute some maple syrup which would be delicious! (Wish I’d tried that now.) And cornstarch can be used instead of arrowroot if you don’t have any to hand.
- 700ml (3 cups) coconut milk
- 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g (3/4 cup) brown sugar
- 115g (3/4 cup) raisins
- approx 5 tbsp rum (more or less depending on how boozey you want it!)
- Mix the arrowroot with 60ml (1/4 cup) of the coconut milk in a small bowl. Set aside for later.
- Put the raisins in a small bowl and pour over 3 tbsp of the rum. Let it soak whilst you make the ice cream.
- Pour the rest of the coconut milk and sugar together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring gently. Once it reaches a boil, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and arrowroot mixture which will cause it to thicken.
- Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours until very cold.
- Follow your ice cream maker's instructions to churn the ice cream. At the last minute, add the soaked raisins and an extra 2-3 tbsp of rum.
- When it's churned, transfer it to a shallow, freezer-safe container and leave it to firm up for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Take out the freezer 5-10 minutes before you want to serve, to let it soften slightly. Then use an ice cream scoop, soaked in hot water to create the perfect scoops! Enjoy :-)