Hazelnut Ice Cream

This year the weather is crazy. Last week the temperatures were low and it was raining almost non-stop. This weekend we finally got some long-awaited sun. From an average of 15°C the temperatures suddenly got up to 26°C! We went from winter straight to summer. I have a hard time with such a rapid temperature change and spent most of the weekend indoors hiding on the couch and under a book.

On Sunday we went for a little walk and as usually, ended up in a nearby park. I love that park for so many reasons!

Hammock time!

While some people like to relax and sleep, others get pretty sporty:

Slacklining

On Sunday some were already practicising for the soccer world championship:

Alauncup 2010

As we walked around, all I wanted was vegan ice cream. Decent vegan ice cream is very hard to come by in Dresden. Fortunately my ice machine was ready and I assembled all the ingredients for a batch of home-made ice cream. I have to admit I’ve been staring at P.s not vegan walnut ice cream in the fridge for a while. I couldn’t get the thought of nut ice cream out of my brain. So here it is. No walnuts though. I found something much better.

hazelnut ice cream served with hazelnuts and chocolate mocha beans

Hazelnut Ice Cream

120 g (3/4 cup) hazelnuts

240 ml (1 cup) soymilk

150 g (3/4 cup) sugar

75 g (1/3 cup) coconut milk

240 g  (1 cup) silken tofu

1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon guar gum (optional, substitute xanthan gum)

2 tablespoons coffee liquor

2 tablespoons molasses

Grind the hazelnuts into a very fine powder. If you can get your blender or food processor to process the nuts into nut butter this would be even better. For more flavour you can also roast the nuts before grinding. Add remaining ingredients and purée until smooth. If you use guar or xanthan gum, stir it into the sugar first. This way you can avoid lumps.

Refrigerate for about 4-6 hours. Prepare the ice cream in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, do this.

Serve the ice cream with some fresh strawberries. I have two plants on my windowsill. It’s not a huge yield, but they are my own, y’know:

home-grown strawberries

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31 thoughts on “Hazelnut Ice Cream

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  2. I made this last night and found the result really yummy. I think I should have been more careful with the molasses, and I had to sub the coffee liquor but that just needs a bit of tinkering. I agree that processing the hazelnuts to butter (of which my mixer is sadly unable and I was too lazy to take out my Moulinette) would improve the texture but unless entertaining guests finely ground works as well. Hmm, hazelnuts…

  3. Ok now you’ve made me want ice cream! I’ve tried to make some with coconut milk but I think my ice cream machine didn’t work properly. And I will have to wait until sugar free June is over to make some hazelnut like yours!

  4. I’m with you on the blog layouts- it’s hard to choose! I like layout changes every now and then, though, and yours always look good (:
    Those pictures are lovely! I wish I had a park like that nearby. And hazelnut ice cream… that has to be wonderful.

  5. We have a very similar strawberry plant growing in a container in our garden. Similar yield, too (only two so far!). Few though they may be, they’re still delicious. Perhaps I’ll save the next “crop” to go with some hazelnut ice cream. =)

  6. I like the new layout! Anything that showcases your gorgeous photos. I’m having a vegan ice cream party on the 26th at my house so this recipe is so timely. Thank you thank you! And beautiful party. It’s so great to see people relaxing..makes me relax too ;)

  7. I do like your new lay-out even it means we aren’t theme buddies anymore. Infact I like to play around with lay-outs a lot. I even think it’s the most fun part of all the blogging. After receiving comments of course :-)

  8. Look how green it is where you are! Our hills our turning brown with patches of green trees, rows of green grape vines and bushes.

    I so need an ice cream maker, that hazelnut ice cream looks so good.

  9. This is my first visit to your blog, and I’m so glad I found it! Some really amazing recipes and your ice cream looks delicious. I’d love to have an ice-cream maker, although we are lucky in London and have many vegan ice-creams to choose from. Still, nothing beats homemade ice cream!

  10. What a perfect day in the park and what a PERFECT batch of ice cream. I agree, hazelnuts are MUCH better and it looks like your ice cream turned out just beautifully. Lucky you for having homegrown strawberries, they are so ripe and gorgeous. Thank you for another inspiring post! And don’t worry, you could change your blog layout every single day and I’d still come back again and again!

  11. I used to love hazelnut gelato and have been unable to find a good vegan substitute, so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe if I can track down hazelnuts…and find space in my freezer haha.

  12. You make me laugh with all your layout changes :) When i first changed mine it took a while for me to get used to it and I wasn’t sure if it was right for my blog. But, like a new haricut, it’s grown on me (pardon the pun).

    The weather’s been SO weird over here too. It’s now springlike- muggy, grey, and rainy. That park looks so lovely. Perfect for a picnic!

    I’m craving magnum ice-creams at the mo. Your ice-cream looks delicious but a little out of my league. Need to improve my skills first, me thinks. xxx

  13. Mmmm, this is such a delicious sounding ice cream…i love the idea of using fresh hazelnuts and incorporating them into the ice cream! I am always on the look out for good vegan ice cream ideas and I am for sure going to be making this…thanks for sharing! great pictures too…makes me want ice cream on this rainy Pacific Northwest day.

  14. I like this look! And I like the look of that ice cream. I can’t wait to start making my own this summer, but I got four pints of Soy Dream and Rice Divine on sale the other day so I must finish those first.

  15. I used to make a Nutella frozen yogurt/ice cream and haven’t yet tried a vegan version of that old favorite. Now, I may never get around to doing it, as your recipe sounds so totally perfect it may simply replace the one I had!

  16. I have been dying to make some ice cream for the past few days too. Hazelnut ice cream sounds fabulous! I like ice cream all year long, but something about the summer makes me crave it.

    I change my blog colors all the time. I can never make up my mind! I’m probably driving everyone nuts, lol.

  17. i like all the changes go’n on, Mihl – and i don’t find it confusing at all. it’s all good, my friend! i am a sucker for nuts in ice cream. when i was in NYC a few weeks ago Lula’s had this maple walnut ice cream that rocked my socks! dan and i really need to get an ice cream maker. it’s one of those appliances that we’d totally use a bunch, but for some reason i always forget to purchase one until someone posts a gloriously good ice cream, like your hazelnut one. mmmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmmmmmm! it was nice-ish here in virginia, and then this weekend it got up to about 97. ugh. and sadface. although today and yesterday were in the low 80’s. i just wish we had more mild weather before summer hit us. stay cool & enjoy all that glorious ice cream, Mihl!

  18. The ice-cream looks really refreshing and delicious. My baby has begged me for week to put my ice-cream maker on use. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I think it was probably too cold and too wet for strawberries? They are my favourite fruit and I’m looking forward to the season every year. Over here it has started. And yes, it is usually warmer over here, so we are lucky.

    In general, I don’t have such a hard time to find vegan ice cream. Whwn it comes to store bought. Grocery stores often sell sorbets and I found Swedish glace, which is amazing. Of course compared to the US we don’t have much variety. Especially not when it comes to ice cream stands.
    Stand and shop owners don’t seem to get it…at least not here in Dresden.

  20. Lucky you! Our strawberries are still green-green-green. Even the local pick-your-own Bio-Bauernhof won’t have any for two more weeks. I think you must be a teeny bit warmer there in the east than we were in Schleswig-Holstein this May. I keep hearing that this was way colder than normal. I hope so!

    Amazing to me the lack of vegan ice cream (and yogurt!) in Germany (well here, anyway). Even harder for me without soy. When I left the States there were a thousand and one varieties (okay, maybe not that many) of vegan, soy-free ice cream and yogurts. So glad it’s not so hard to make. Love, love hazelnuts, and love, love ice cream with nuts. I will have to finagle together my own version in the next couple of days.

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