The base is made of cashews. It provides just the right richness and as a sweet fairly neutral flavour when raw. I soak them overnight and drain.
A liquid, I used Coconut Dream, is added to the cashews.
Then blended until it resembles heavy cream and no lumps are left.
Mixed with a little water and into the pot. Cook on medium high until the starch is activated and the mixture thickens.
Once cooled, everything gets put into a blender and while it's whirling vigorously, two different types of gums are added. They aid in texture/scoopability when frozen and mouth-feel. First, guar gum.
Then xanthan gum. A little goes a long way and the mixture thickens up even more at this point! Oh, and a little pinch of salt gets added too.
Lastly, a little vodka. Totally optional, but it helps to prevent large ice crystals from forming.
While the ice cream maker is turned on, the base gets poured in.
IngredientsCashew Cream1/3C Raw Cashews, soaked overnight, drained1/2C Non-dairy milk>>Blend until smoothGelato Base2.5C Non-dairy milk1/3C Oil (veg, neutral, liquid- not coconut butter)1.5Tb Corn starch + 3Tb Water, stirred>>Combine and cook on medium high until thickened, whisking constantly>>Remove from stove, transfer to a larger container for faster cooling time (optional)>>Pour in Cashew Cream,1/2C-3/4C Sugar Syrup to taste1ts Vanilla extractThe innards of 1 Vanilla bean>>Allow to cool completely, refrigerate for a few hours if possible>>Pour gelato cream base into a blender, turn on and add1/4ts Guar gum1/4ts Xanthan gum2TB Vodka (optional)>>Churn in your ice cream machine, following your manufacturer's instructions.>>Once the gelato is finished churning, swirl in1/3C - 1/2C Chocolate frosting/sauce/ganache1/3C Caramel sauce (I winged mine, but this recipe is similar)>>Eat immediately for a soft serve consistency or put into containers and freeze (4+ hours) for scoops.
Note: Depending on your freezer temperature and/or if you added alcohol, you may need to warm the gelato up before scooping. Do this by putting it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes prior to eating or microwaving it for 15-20 seconds.