"Playing the Serpent" Marzipan Ice Cream

October 13th, 2011 11:11 am by Kelly Garbato

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For a brief moment, I considered making my veganmofo theme a His Dark Materials one this year. But after several days of wracking my brain and only coming up with a few scattered foodstuffs – namely, marzipan, chocolatl, Tokay, tea crackers and vegan seal blubber (!) – I gave up on the idea, with not a small twinge of regret. But! We can still have marzipan and chocolate, can’t we? I don’t know about y’all, but I fancy some sweet almond paste today! Plus, I did promise you a marzipan recipe earlier this month, did I not?

Since marzipan ice cream is a more unusual flavor, I decided to try my hand at making my own concoction. Plan A was to use a standard vanilla ice cream recipe as a base, and then mix marzipan blended with (vegan) heavy cream (for a creamy effect) in with the ice cream after it was processed through an ice cream machine, à la this recipe for Marzipan Swirl Ice Cream (veganized, of course). For the marzipan, I used this recipe (also veganized!) for Almond Paste at food.com. Epic disaster!

I’m not sure what (if anything) I did wrong, but the end result was less like paste and more like soup. Even after I doubled the dry ingredients, the almond “paste” had at best the consistency of caramel sauce – not even close to paste-like. Just as I was on the brink of despair, it hit me: I was planning on liquefying the marzipan anyhow, so what’s the diff? If anything, this saved me the extra steps of making vegan heavy cream and then heating it with the marzipan to make the “cream” for the swirl. Score!

So here’s Plan B, the result of a happy accident which saved me at least a half hour of extra work and a quarter sink of dirty dishes. May this little taste of the sweet stuff bring you a fraction of the wisdom and fortune that it did to Mary Malone – and, by extension, Lyra, Will, and all the animals of all the worlds, human and non.

Go forth and play the serpent, my friends.

 

365 Days – Day 037 “For the Adam and Eve in all of Us”

FIND THE GIRL AND THE BOY. WASTE NO MORE TIME.
But why?
YOU MUST PLAY THE SERPENT.

– Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (The Subtle Knife)
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“Playing the Serpent” Marzipan Ice Cream

Ingredients

for the marzipan:

1 1/3 cups dried blanched almonds or almond meal
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon almond extract
1/2 cup water

for the ice cream batter:

1 cup soy or almond milk, divided
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
2 cups soy creamer
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Make the marzipan!

1. Combine the water, white sugar and agave nectar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.

2. Place the almonds into a food processor and process them into a fine powder. (Skip this step if working with almond meal.)

3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ground almonds/almond meal with the powdered sugar and mix well. Add in the agave “syrup” (while still warm – careful!) and almond extract and mix as well as you can by hand. Switch to a hand mixer and mix on high for about five minutes, or until all the almond flour lumps have vanished. The end result should be thick and syrupy, similar in consistency to caramel sauce. Tansfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready for use.

Make the ice cream batter!

4. In a small bowl or mug, combine 1/4 cup of the soy (or almond) milk with the arrowroot powder. Whisk briskly and set aside.

5. In a saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of the soy (almond) milk with all of the soy creamer and sugar. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly.

6. Once the mix begins to boil, remove from heat and add the arrowroot “slurry.” This will cause the batter to thicken noticeably. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well. Chill in the fridge for four to six hours or more. (Usually I prefer to let the batter chill overnight.)

Make the ice cream!

7. Combine the ice cream batter and marzipan “sauce”; whisk until well blended. Pour the batter into your ice cream machine and process according to he manufacturer’s instructions.

8. When done, transfer your ice cream into an airtight container. Enjoy immediately as soft serve or chill in the fridge for an hour or so for a thicker, more frozen dessert.

Optional: Instead of mixing the marzipan sauce with the ice cream before it’s processed, blend it by hand afterward, while it’s still soft. This will give the ice cream more of a marzipan “swirl” effect.

Also optional: Mix in a quarter cup or so of chocolate chips or chocolate bark after the ice cream’s processed for an extra flavor kick! (Ritter Sport Marzipan, holla!)
 

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So delicious, I think I’ll have a second bowl!

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(Yes, that is a stainless steel, rubber-rimmed dog food bowl from Wal-Mart. What of it? We let the dogs lick the human bowls ’round these parts, too. Keep moving, nothing to see here.)

omnomnomnom, all gone!

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Now birthday girl Kaylee gets a crack at it:

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Note how I must distract Mags with the spoon. She was hell-bent on getting a taste of the marzipan, to wit:

Her begging-by-barking is crazy adorable, but would probably be less so if she were, say, a Labrador retriever or St. Bernard as opposed to a ten-pound rat terrier. Then we’d have a problem! You should see her when the pizza comes out. No really, I’m still trying to get video of it. It’s hard to defend my pie whilst avoiding dripping cheese and operating a hand held camera, all at once. But if it can be done, dognabbit, it will be done!

The constant demands for table scraps, coupled with her loose skin flaps, make me think that she used to be a fat girl. A fat girl unwittingly stuck in a skinny girl’s body. The polar opposite of Rennie, in other words.
 
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3 Responses to “"Playing the Serpent" Marzipan Ice Cream”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Gah! Love! Not much can beat the combo of Marzipan plus chocolate in my book, so I’m pretty sure this ice cream would rock my socks off.

  2. Vegan Burnout Says:

    That looks heretically delicious. I wish I had a daemon.

  3. Kelly Garbato Says:

    @ Michelle – omg yes! I used to pound those chocolate marzipan Ritter bars like they were about to be discontinued.

    Which reminds me, I NEED to transform that leftover marzipan sauce into some kind of chocolate truffle type candy. yum…

    @ Shannon – I’d love an elephant daemon! Way impractical, I know, even for a fantasy.

    Probably my daemon would be somewhere in the ballpark of an anxiety cat

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