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Hi Bold Bakers!
Don’t adjust your computer screens! Ube Ice Cream really is that purple — that’s because it’s made with ube powder and extract, which are made from purple yams. Of course, those aren’t the only ingredients, but you’ll be surprised that there aren’t many ingredients at all in this ice cream, just like my popular Easy Homemade Ice Cream with 2 Ingredients recipe.
I’ll admit that before making this, I can’t recall baking very much with ube, though I’m sure I’ve had purple yams here and there over my culinary years. As it turns out, I love it — and I’m excited to bake load more with it now that I know how simple it is to work with.
What Is Ube?
Ube, pronounced OO-BEY, is a purple yam. If you’re from Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines, you already know very well what ube is — as it’s one of the most important crops grown in the area. Fresh, it can still be difficult to find here in the U.S., but luckily for ice cream, you can use ube in its powdered form — and even a bit of ube extract (like I do!).
So, what does it taste like? It’s hard to describe — definitely lightly sweet. For me, it’s almost floral like lavender, but some describe it as almost a vanilla-y pistachio. Honestly, you just have to try it! And if you think ice cream is the only way to enjoy ube, think again. You can use it in things like donuts, cookies, and more.
The recent explosion in popularity of Trader Joe’s Ube Ice Cream (Trader Joe’s is a smaller, yet popular grocery chain here in the U.S.) caught my attention here in Los Angeles, and I thought to myself… I can do that.
So I did!
What You Need To Make Ube Ice Cream
Honestly, you don’t need any machines to make this ice cream. You can use an electric hand mixer if you’d like, but in the video below I’ll show you how to use your natural-born muscles to make the perfect Ube Ice Cream with no fuss.
You do need a few things, however.
How To Make Ube Ice Cream
Are you ready for how simple this is? You’ll be eating your very own, very purple ice cream in no time — and if Ube Ice Cream isn’t available in your area, you’ll finally be able to see what all the excitement is about. Let me tell you, it deserves it. Here are the basic steps (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- Pour your cold cream into a large bowl.
- Using a hand whisk (or you can use an electric mixer) whip the cream until soft peaks form, roughly 3-4 minutes.
- Once your cream is holding a shape, pour in the cold condensed milk and continue whipping until the mix holds stiff peaks. This will take just 1-2 minutes.
- Add in the Ube powder and or Ube flavoring and stir until fully incorporated. Taste to make sure it has the flavor you want.
- Pour your Ube ice-cream into a freezable container and freeze for a minimum of 5 hours. Scoop and enjoy.
- Store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
Gemma’s Pro Tips For Making Ice Cream
- Keep it cold! Your Condensed Milk and Whipping Cream should be straight from the fridge, as cold as possible (without being frozen) when making this recipe.
- Out of Condensed Milk? Here’s how to make your own Homemade Condensed Milk.
- If you don’t want to do this by hand, you can also use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer as well.
- Ube flavor?? I used Ube powder and some Ube flavoring. Both had great flavor and amazing color.
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Full (and printable) recipe below!