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Chickpea ice cream

Mon 01 Aug 2022 16:48:23 PDT
Ice cream is a world-wide favorite dessert and general-purpose sweet treat. In fact ice cream is a major industry in its own right and the subject of a huge number of scientific studies of its properties. Given this lavish attention a great deal is known about producing the well-made ice cream versions sold in specialty shops and supermarkets alike.

Given all that why on earth would we go to the trouble of developing this oddity of the dessert universe? Part of it was plain curiosity. Numerous recipes for chickpea ice cream (and other types of frozen desserts) are readily found on the web. Since the chickpea product used for ice cream is the cooking liquid, aka aquafaba, we had plenty available from cooking chickpeas.

So it was a crime of opportunity. Besides it was fun to try out dozens of variations in an effort to achieve a delicious but lighter-than-regular-ice-cream product. And yet good enough to serve to dinner guests who knew their stuff.

In the end this recipe (or really, set of recipes) emerged as the candidate of choice. Fortunately it's not difficult to reproduce but it does take some equipment and experience to get optimum results. In our opinion chickpea ice cream is worth every bit of effort it takes to make it.

White rice "milk"
  • white rice flour 20g or 2 tsp
  • water 1 cup
  1. Put water in a small saucepan. Stir in pea flour and mix until smooth.
  2. Heat at medium setting until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
Flavor base
  • white rice milk 1/2 cup
  • coffee, instant/microfine 1 packet, 3.3g
  • molasses, jackstrap 2 tbsp
  • vegetable oil, neutral 1-2 tbsp
  • pumpkin seed butter 75g or 5 tbsp
  • sugar, granulated 85g or 7oz (volume)
  • vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
  • lemon juice 1/2 tsp
  • cinnamon, ground 1/4-1/2 tsp
  • cardamom, ground (optional) 1/4-1/2 tsp
  1. Put milk in a saucepan, let cool to 165°F.
  2. Add coffee, molasses, vanilla stir until uniform.
  3. (Blender is optional, mix vigorously by hand with spoon or spatula.)
  4. Place the mixture in a blender jar. Add oil and pumpkin seed butter.
  5. Blend at medium speed until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Remove mixture from blender jar, put in sealed container and chill in refrigerator until cold. The mixture will be quite thick and pudding-like at refrigerator temperature.
  • aquafaba/chickpea cooking liquid 180g or 3/4 cup
  • sugar, granulated 75g or 3/4 cup
  • sugar, granulated (for guar) 10g or 1 tbsp
  • guar gum 1/8 tsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  1. Put aquafaba with lemon juice in a large bowl. (Its volume increases several times.)
  2. Mix the guar gum with sugar, then sprinkle over the aquafaba and stir vigorously.
  3. Immediate start to whip the aquafaba using either a stand or hand mixer with a wire whip. Start at low speed and quickly increase to maximum. (Even an inexpensive hand mixer with wire whip will do the trick for this purpose.)
  4. Whip until the aquafaba reaches stiff peak stage. At that point the bowl could be inverted and the whipped aquafaba will not flow or fall out.
  5. Then start incorporated the sugar into the whipped aquafaba.
  6. Whip at maximum speed while adding sugar a spoonful at a time. The foam should not deflate or liquify if sugar added gradually.
Combining base and aquafaba
  • chilled flavor base ~1 cup
  • aquafaba foam in bowl ~1 quart
  1. Mix a small amount of foam with the "pudding" to soften it slightly.
  2. Using a silicone spatula begin to fold in a tablespoon or two at a time of the base into the foam in the bowl. It's important to do this carefully to avoid excessive deflation of the foam.
  3. When all of the base has been folded in, put the mixture into suitable containers and immediately put in the freezer.
  4. Yield is about 1½ quarts, but could be slightly more or less.
  5. The ice cream will be fully frozen after ~4 hours, but time to frozen status varies with freezers, and characteristics of the ice cream itself.
  6. Serve when completely frozen.
Flavor variations
Flavor variations are limited only by one's imagination. Many fruits work well, particularly berries (strawberry, blueberry, etc.), cherries, and soft solid fruits. Generally the fruit is mixed with sugar and cooked until volume reduced to about 4-5 ounces. Adding ~4 oz of a "plant milk" and pumpkin seed butter will make a flavor base of similar or slightly greater volume to what's in the main recipe.
Finding ingredients

Guar gum. A not so exotic item. It's sold in many large grocery stores. Guar is used in gluten-free cooking and remains in demand. Bob's Red Mill is a popular brand available online if not locally. Guar helps emulsification and promotes foam formation and stability.

Categories: chickpea dessert sweets

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