Ube Ice Cream: The Purple Delight

ube ice cream
ube ice cream

Top-down view of a finished batch of easy homemade Ube Ice Cream

Don’t adjust your computer screens! Ube Ice Cream really is that purple. Made from ube powder and extract derived from purple yams, this vibrant treat is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. With only a few ingredients, you can create this homemade delight that rivals even the most popular store-bought versions.

What Is Ube?

Ube, pronounced OO-BEY, is a purple yam that holds great significance in Southeast Asian cuisine, especially in the Philippines. Though fresh ube can be challenging to find, you can enjoy its unique flavor by using powdered ube and ube extract. Describing the taste of ube is no easy feat—it is lightly sweet, almost floral like lavender, and some even compare it to a vanilla-y pistachio combination. The best way to truly understand its flavor is to try it yourself. And don’t limit yourself to just ice cream; ube can add a delicious twist to donuts, cookies, and more!

What You Need To Make Ube Ice Cream

Bright purple easy Ube Ice Cream recipe, top-down, next to cones and a scoop.

The best part about making Ube Ice Cream is that you don’t need any special equipment. While an electric hand mixer can come in handy, the video below will show you how to whip up the perfect batch using just your own muscles. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Elbow grease
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Freezer-Safe Containers
  • Ube Powder and Ube Extract (optional)

How To Make Ube Ice Cream

Are you ready for how simple this is? In no time, you’ll be indulging in your own homemade, vibrant purple ice cream. If Ube Ice Cream is not readily available in your area, this recipe will show you why it has gained so much popularity. Trust us, it’s worth the excitement. Follow these steps (you can find the full recipe with measurements below):

  1. Pour cold cream into a large bowl.
  2. Use a hand whisk (or an electric mixer) to whip the cream until soft peaks form, around 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Once the cream holds its shape, pour in the cold condensed milk and continue whipping until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the ube powder and/or ube flavoring and stir until fully incorporated. Taste to ensure it has the desired flavor.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a freezable container and freeze for at least five hours. Then, scoop and enjoy!
  6. Store the Ube Ice Cream in the freezer for up to six weeks.

Gemma’s Pro Tips For Making Ice Cream

  • Keep it cold! Ensure that both the condensed milk and whipping cream are as cold as possible (without being frozen) when making this recipe.
  • Out of Condensed Milk? No worries, you can make your own Homemade Condensed Milk.
  • Don’t want to whisk by hand? Use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer instead.
  • Experiment with different ube flavorings like ube powder and ube extract to find your favorite combination.

FAQs

1. Can I add mix-ins like chocolate chips or nuts to the Ube Ice Cream?

Absolutely! Once the ice cream base is ready, you can fold in your favorite mix-ins, like chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or even swirls of caramel or fudge sauce, to create your custom Ube Ice Cream variation.

2. Can I use fresh ube instead of ube powder and extract?

While fresh ube can be a bit harder to find, you can definitely use it to make Ube Ice Cream. Simply peel, cook, and mash the fresh ube until smooth, and then incorporate it into the ice cream base. Keep in mind that the color and taste may vary slightly compared to using ube powder and extract.

An extreme close-up of my 3-Ingredient Ube Ice Cream recipe, showing texture and consistency.

Conclusion

Indulge in the unique and delightful flavors of Ube Ice Cream. With its vibrant purple color and enchanting taste, this homemade treat brings a touch of culinary creativity to your kitchen. Don’t shy away from exploring the myriad of possibilities offered by Ube Ice Cream. Whether you enjoy it on its own or experiment with mix-ins, the joy of creating and savoring this delightful dessert is something to be cherished.

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FAQs

1. Can I add mix-ins like chocolate chips or nuts to the Ube Ice Cream?

Absolutely! Once the ice cream base is ready, you can fold in your favorite mix-ins, like chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or even swirls of caramel or fudge sauce, to create your custom Ube Ice Cream variation.

2. Can I use fresh ube instead of ube powder and extract?

While fresh ube can be a bit harder to find, you can definitely use it to make Ube Ice Cream. Simply peel, cook, and mash the fresh ube until smooth, and then incorporate it into the ice cream base. Keep in mind that the color and taste may vary slightly compared to using ube powder and extract.

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