Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Food Network Monthly Cookalong: If I had an ice cream truck

If I had an ice cream truck, I would have the best ice cream you ever saw and everyone would want some! At least that's the dream right?! There would be sugar cones and sprinkles and Dandies and lots of sauces. Sundaes, banana splits and of course a cherry on top! Even one of those old school horns that plays little songs and a bell to ding so all the kids in the neighbourhood would know we were coming.

I asked Mac what he thought we would call it and he said "Ice Cream Truck". He's from the keep it simple school of thought. Can't go wrong's straight to the point and no one would walk up and ask what we were selling. I was dreaming about it and came up with what would be my signature flavour. The one that would keep them coming back for more. I was even smart enough to keep track of what I was doing and wrote it down so I could share the recipe!

So here it is...Ice Cream Truck's signature flavour...Drumstick Sugar Cone!

Trying to take a picture of ice cream is no easy task! I have a even bigger amount of admiration for Hannah Kaminisky and her upcoming ice cream book now for sure.

Drumstick Sugar Cone Ice Cream

Sugar Cone Milk (totally inspired by Momofuku Milk Bar's Cereal Milk)
8 sugar cones
3 cups soy milk (I used Original which is sweetened)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
pinch of salt

Ice Cream Base
2 cups Sugar Cone Milk
8oz silken tofu (not the boxed stuff, just organic silken tofu that would be in the fridge at the health food store)
1/2 cup icing sugar
3/4 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup oil (I used grapeseed but you can use any light tasting vegetable oil you like, sunflower, safflower)
1 tbsp barley malt syrup
1/2 tsp custard powder (I use Go Bio brand)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp maple extract

Your favourite caramel sauce (I used a test recipe so I can't share but I know there are lots of good ones out there)

Chopped Peanuts
Chocolate Covered Sugar Cone Pieces (I painted melted chocolate on and inside two sugar cones, popped them in the freezer for 5 minutes, then used a butter knife and sheer will power to crack them into pieces)

1. Make the sugar cone milk: Break up 8 sugar cones into a large bowl, cover with 3 cups of soy milk and let stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, pour the soymilk and cones into a strainer (with another bowl under it). Gently push the cones to release all the milk but don't push so hard that the cones start to smoosh through the strainer. Add the sugars and salt to the strained milk and put in a covered container. Put it in the fridge overnight to let the flavours meld. Also, I found after soaking and straining, I lost a cup of the soymilk just so you know that this recipe makes what you need for the ice cream base.

2. Make the ice cream base: The next day, place all the ice cream base ingredients into a blender and blend it on high for a minute or two. You want to get it all creamy and thick. Chill and then process in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

3. While the ice cream is churning, get all the add ins ready so you can stir them in right before you put the ice cream in the freezer. I stirred the peanuts and chocolate covered sugar cone pieces in the machine and put in ribbons of caramel sauce as I was putting it in the storage container. You don't want to stir it into the ice cream. Let the ice cream sit in the freezer for awhile (I know it will be hard to walk away) to let it set up. Serve on a sugar cone for extra sugar cone goodness!


  1. Vegan waffle cones exist?! This is just another reason of why i need an ice cream maker. I would totally be all over your signature flavour :)

    1. The PC brand waffle and sugar cones are as far as I can tell. Do you guys have Loblaws out there? I'll send you some if you don't!

  2. It would be so cool to have a vegan ice cream truck! And love how your recipe looks, too!