Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pretty In Pink Ice Cream Sundae


Since I was a child, I have always been attracted to all things pink.  It is just a happy color!  Things have not changed now that I am 27.  I wanted a pink Birthday cake this year, and it was pink, inside and out!  So when I saw a challenge on Sweetly Raw to create a vegan ice cream sundae, I got to thinking, I need to enter this, and I thought a pink one would be lovely! 

I could make 3 different pink flavors of ice cream and top them off with delicious things!  There would be no bubble gum or cotton candy flavored ice creams...I was thinking more along the lines of pink fruit flavors! 



First off, raspberry lavender.  It is such a beautiful combination with the sweet tart berries, and the floral almost herbal lavender. I thought I could top it off with some fresh raspberry sauce as well to balance out the sweet ice cream. Second, a strawberry rosewater ice cream.  Since strawberries have a more delicate sweet flavor, I thought they would pair well with the delicately flavored rosewater.  It was the most beautiful light pink color, and I topped it off with a bit of red sweet strawberry sauce. Third, was a cherry almond ice cream.  I love this combination of flavors, as the sweet cherries and almonds work well with one another.  It was a little nutty and sweet, similar to a cherry nut ice cream I enjoyed as a child and ordered often at the local ice cream shop.  I topped it off with a bit of cherry almond sauce, keeping with the pattern of the sundae so far. 




Although the sundae would be delicious with just the ice creams and their sauces, I thought it deserved to have a little crunch as well, so I added some pistachios.  The green color was beautiful against the pink ice creams.  Also, some fresh fruit was needed!  Afterall...what is a sundae without a cherry on top?  Or some strawberries and raspberries!



I piled it all into one of my Grandmother's antique rose bowls because I felt the lovely pink was appropriate for such a creation.  I couldn't wait to dive in, and it was delicious!  All of the beautiful fragrant fruit flavored silky ice creams and sweet sauces!  I am not embarassed to say I polished off the entire bowl! 



Pretty In Pink Ice Cream Sundae


cherry almond ice cream:
makes 5 cups

3 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
2 cups organic cherries, pitted
3/4 cup agave nectar
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pure almond extract
1/4 tsp sea salt

In a blender combine all ingredients, and process until well blended. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later). Once processed, pour into a freezable container with a lid, and place in the freezer for at least 8 hours, or overnight to firm up for best results.

raspberry lavender ice cream:
Makes 5 cups


1 cup full fat coconut milk
2 Tbsp dried lavender, divided
2 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
3/4 cup agave nectar
12 oz fresh organic raspberries or 12 oz bag frozen raspberries
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup lite coconut milk to a simmer and remove from heat. Add 1 Tbsp dried lavender flowers and stir in. Let cool, then chill in the fridge until very cold to let lavender infuse. Strain coconut milk, discarding lavender then add chilled milk to a blender, along with all other ingredients (except remaining 1 Tbsp dried lavender) in a blender, and process until well blended. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later). Once processed, stir in remaining Tbsp lavender and pour into a freezable container with a lid, and place in the freezer for at least 8 hours, or overnight to firm up for best results.


strawberry rosewater ice cream:
Makes 5 cups


3 cups organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
2 cups organic strawberries, hulled
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp rosewater
1/2 tsp sea salt


Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process until well blended. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to package directions (mine takes about an hour, and is still a little soupy like the consistency of a malt, but firms up in the freezer later). Once processed, pour into freezable container with a lid, and place in the freezer for at least a few hours, or overnight to firm up for best results.


Raspberry Sauce:
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 Tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Strawberry Sauce:
2 cups fresh organic strawberries
2 Tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Cherry Sauce:
2 cups fresh organic cherries, pitted
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp almond extract
For the raspberry sauce, puree all ingredients until nearly smooth, and set aside until ready to assemble. Repeat with remaining sauces.   


For assembly:
1/4 cup pistachios (each sundae)
fresh organic raspberries, strawberries and cherries
fresh basil leaves


To assemble, scoop 2 scoops of each ice cream into an obling bowl. Top with a bit of each fruit puree, pistachios, fresh fruit, and basil. Enjoy!

33 comments:

  1. i found your blog from food buzz! I love it! i wanna make those raw key lime cupcakes! you have a very unique and delicious looking way of making raw treats! i will never make a mediocre lara bar again!....hopefully! lol! and also very unique ice cream flavors! i also love that sundae bowl! it looks vintage- thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for visiting :)! I hope you do try the recipes, I know you will enjoy them! Thank you for all of your kind compliments :)!

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  2. Hi lovely! Wow! This fruit sundae looks just too good. And I love your grandmother's bowl. Now if only I could find a rose cake stand...Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Monet! I do hope you find a rose cake stand Monet! Your cakes would look so beautiful sitting a top it :)! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. One of the best investments I have made in my kitchen!

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  4. This looks so good. Vegan options are getting better and better these days! YUM!

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    1. Thank you :)! I hope to show people how good vegan food can be through this blog ;)!

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  5. I also love the color pink, Amy - it's almost an aggressive color and so intense. And pink food is always particularly alluring, I think, especially when made without garish food coloring. Love the combinations you picked for this sundae - and fresh cherries on top sound so much better than those cherries from a jar...

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    1. Thank you :)! I agree with you on the use of the color pink, and as far as those jarred cherries go, I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole haha!

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  6. I love pink. I really do. It makes me happy and so does your vegan sundae. Great job for this challenge:)It looks so good!!xx

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  7. Beautiful as always Amy! I loooove pink too. I want to eat this - oh wait - I DO get to eat it :)

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    1. Thanks Heather :)! I am so happy you get to try it, hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  8. Amy, another gorgeous dessert! I hope you win:)

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  9. So, I'm pretty much the happiest rosewater-owner right now. No kdding! I bought a bottle on Sunday, and I was looking around your blog JUST YESTERDAY for rosewater recipes and found 5. I was thinking about making your lavander-vanilla ice cream, except substituting the lavander for rosewater . . . and what do you know! You're created an ice cream recipe with the very ingredient I wanted to find a use for! THANK YOU!

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    1. Awesome! Rosewater is such a lovely fragrant ingredient, people that haven't used it are missing out, so I am so glad you found some! Hope you like the ice cream :)! Also, thank you for your comments! I love to know how my readers are doing :)!

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    2. I finally got around to making the ice cream a couple of days ago . . . WOW. DELICIOUS. My mom loves it, as do I.

      The only tweak that I made was that, after I halved the recipe (only my mom and I are big strawberry ice cream fans), I added an extra cup of chopped strawberries to mix into the base, because I just love strawberries.

      Amazing recipe, as always! :)

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  10. What a pretty and ambitious project. When I read the title I immediately thought of the movie. This looks really delicious Amy.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! Love that movie :)!

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  11. oh my gosh, this is fantastic!! love each and every one of those ice cream flavors and the sundae is gorgeous! your stuff is so inspiring!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments :)!

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  12. you can pretty much write your own ice cream and cheesecake book now! :) gorgeous colors and amazing flavor combinations! I nominated you for One Lovely blog award !

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    1. Thanks Richa! You are too kind :)!

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  13. Beautiful sundae, Amy. It almost resembles a beet salad with its color and the way its garnished. I love all of the texture and vibrant, aggressive pinks!

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    1. Thanks so much Viviane :)! It was fun to make!

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  14. This is definitely a beautiful sundae! You completely rocked the pink =)

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  15. I have to have an ice cream machine now......this looks so very delicious!!!!!

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  16. Pretty indeed, Amy! And oh so decadent!

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