Ube Ice Cream – amazing Filipino dessert made with purple sweet potatoes / yams and coconut milk; no machine needed!
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What is Ube Ice Cream?
The idea behind this pretty natural purple ice cream is similar to Ube Cake. It is made of purple sweet potatoes / yams (called ube) and coconut milk. It originates from Philippines where “ube” everything is very popular.
What does ube ice cream taste like?
Ube Ice Cream has mild taste of sweet potatoes which reminds me of chestnuts. I added a touch of vanilla and rum to compliment the flavor of yam and coconut.
I already published a recipe for very simple and delicious Mango Ice Cream 3 years ago and I thought I could use the same procedure to make Ube Ice Cream. I froze (cooked and peeled) sweet potato chunks and mixed them in a food processor with coconut milk. I also tried using frozen pureed sweet potatoes with equally good result.
Even though sweet potatoes are sweet by themselves, I still used some sugar to make them even more tasty.
You may be tempted to replace sugar with some other sweetener like honey, agave syrup or maple syrup. You certainly can, but keep in mind that sugar crystals are helping the ice cream to remain soft even when frozen. Without sugar it will turn into a block of ice. The same goes with alcohol – you may omit the rum, only your ice cream will be harder.
How to make ube ice cream?
I did not use any ice cream machine. When ingredients were blended, I put the mixture in a container with a lid and froze them for about 30 minutes. Then I mixed it with a fork and froze for another 30 minutes. I did that for 2-3 hours.
If the ice cream stays in the freezer for longer period of time (over night or for several days) it may become hard. If that happens, let it sit on your counter for about 15 minutes before serving.
Treat yourself with a portion of easy homemade Ube Ice Cream delight. It will make your eyes happy as well as your tastesbuds. And it is good for your health as well. Win-win-win!!
- 1 1/2 cup (400 ml) coconut milk
- 4 cups frozen (boiled and peeled) purple sweet potato chunks (or 2 1/2 cup mashed)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp rum (optional)
- for garnish: dessicated coconut, chopped pistachios, sugar sprinkles
Place all ingredients in a bowl of your food processor and blend until smooth.
WITHOUT ICE CREAM MAKER:
Transfer the mixture to a freezing container, cover and freeze for 30 minutes.
Mix with a fork to break pieces of ice. Freeze for another 30 minutes. Repeat for 2-3 hours.
WITH ICE CREAM MAKER:
Transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Let defrost for 15 minutes before serving.