Basic Non-Dairy Ice Cream Base

This is the best non-dairy ice cream base I have found. It does require a few different steps but once you taste it you won’t be able to go back to any other recipe. 

I use it to make lots of different ice creamd varieties so don’t be afraid to be creative when it comes to this recipe and come up with tons of different crazy flavors of your own!

Basic Non-Dairy Ice Cream
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  1. 8 egg yolks
  2. 8 oz. sugar
  3. 500 ml unsweetened almond or rice milk
  4. 2 c non-dairy heavy cream
  5. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract, or the insides of 1 vanilla bean
  1. 1 tsp peppermint + a few drops of green food coloring + chocolate chips = mint chip ice cream
  2. 1/4 c peanut butter + chocolate chips + Malden salt = slated pb cup ice cream
  3. 2 tsp cinnamon + cookie dough + streusel crumbs = cinabun ice cream
  4. 1/2 c melted chocolate + fluff + graham cracker crumbs = s'mores ice cream
  1. In a stand mixer whisk egg yolks and sugar.
  2. Beat until thick and very pale.
  3. With mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in almond milk.
  4. Once all the "milk" is incorporated transfer mixture to a small pot.
  5. If using real vanilla bean, add it to the pot now.
  6. Place pot over medium heat and using a rubber spatula stir continuously.
  7. Continue stirring until mixture has thickened and can coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Pour custard base into a bowl and place Saran Wrap directly onto.
  9. (The saran should be toughing this liquid. This will prevent a "skin" from forming.)
  10. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  11. (This can be done up to two days in advance.)
  12. Pour cream into a stand mixer.
  13. Turn on and add salt and any extracts you are using.
  14. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
  15. Strain custard through a fine mesh strainer (to remove any clumps that may have formed) and pour into cream mixture.
  16. Gently fold the custard into the cream to combine.
  17. At this point you can add in any topping you plan to incorporate.
  18. I actually prefer to layer the plain ice cream into a dish and add my "add-ins" in layers.
  19. Freeze for at least 8 hours before serving.
  20. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving to make scooping easier!
  1. I actually prefer to layer the plain ice cream into a dish and add my "add-ins" in layers.
  2. Meaning: ice cream, add-ins, ice cream, add-ins, ice cream, add-ins.
  3. This helps prevent the need to over stir the ice cream and I find it looks prettier when serving.
  4. But, do it however it is easiest for you!
  5. Enjoy!
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