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How To Make Vegan Cashew Ice Cream — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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This creamy, dreamy, basically mind-blowing ice cream is vegan. It only requires three ingredients (four if you insist on counting the salt) and no cooking. I wouldn't believe it myself if I had been there for the failed recipes that finally led to this triumphant one.

All ice creams require a correct ratio of fat to liquid in order to freeze into tiny crystals that are still soft, pliable, and, most importantly, creamy. Many vegan ice creams use coconut milk to add fat and flavor to non-dairy milks to achieve that creamy result. Here, cashew butter turns the non-dairy milk of your choice into a rich, buttery ice cream. Sweetened with maple syrup to keep it vegan, the resulting ice cream tastes like cashew meets caramel in one smooth, cooling scoop. Here's how to make this cashew ice cream at home.

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How To Make the Best Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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Good chocolate ice cream has contrasting allure. It's rich, cool, and creamy with dark roasted flavors only cocoa can impart. This chocolate ice cream is for the real die-hard chocolate-lovers in the group. It's sweet and malty, with the tiniest bitter tones to balance that sweetness. Almost right in the middle between dark chocolate and milk, it's the kind of chocolate ice cream that doesn't leave you wishing there was more chocolate in the mix or less.

After tasting and testing several chocolate ice cream recipes, I can firmly say this is the best one I've tried yet. For starters, this ice cream's base doesn't require tempering eggs with hot cream, so it's easier to make. It has not one but three types of chocolate, and it doesn't freeze up impossibly hard to scoop, thanks to a secret ingredient.

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How To Use KitchenAid Ice Cream Makers — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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For over three years, I had an ice cream maker sitting in my basement unused. I know how to (and love) making ice cream bases, but I had one excuse for not using the ice cream maker I had: I didn't know how to use it. My ice cream maker was actually the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer, but it was a hand-me-down from a test kitchen I worked in and the instructions had long been lost. So in the basement it stayed.

While doing a bunch of research on which new ice cream maker I should buy, I discovered that the KitchenAid ice cream maker is beloved among even professional ice cream makers. It's only one of few ice cream machines on the market with adjustable speeds. So I set out to figure out how the thing actually works and master my favorite ice cream flavor — coffee — at once.

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How To Make Classic Orange Sherbet — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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As a kid, orange sherbet was my go-to ice cream order. I wasn't interested in the super-sweet rainbow version — nope, the bracing sweet-tart bite of orange sherbet was the only flavor for me. Once I mastered my favorite grown-up ice cream flavor (coffee), classic sherbet had to be next on the list.

As it turns out, making a really good sherbet at home is a little more complex than making ice cream. With a high water content, homemade sherbet can be icy if not prepared properly. I've discovered how one special ingredient can make all the difference in ensuring your sherbet is just as tangy and creamy as the stuff you ate growing up.

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How To Make Classic Orange Sherbet — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

As a kid, orange sherbet was my go-to ice cream order. I wasn't interested in the super-sweet rainbow version — nope, the bracing sweet-tart bite of orange sherbet was the only flavor for me. Once I mastered my favorite grown-up ice cream flavor (coffee), classic sherbet had to be next on the list.

As it turns out, making a really good sherbet at home is a little more complex than making ice cream. With a high water content, homemade sherbet can be icy if not prepared properly. I've discovered how one special ingredient can make all the difference in ensuring your sherbet is just as tangy and creamy as the stuff you ate growing up.

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Recipe: Vanilla Cashew Clusters — Healthy Snack Recipes

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I am not lying when I tell you I was genuinely sad when I poured out the last cashew cluster from the tall jar I was storing them in. These nuts have a way of working their sweetness into your heart, so it's truly a travesty when they're finished. You might want to make two batches to prolong this. The crunchy clusters are extra fragrant due to the healthy dose of vanilla, and just a touch spicy thanks to the cinnamon. Eat them out of hand whenever the desire for a snack hits, be it at your desk or when you're out and about on an adventure. Then sprinkle the rest on your morning yogurt or even finish off a bowl of ice cream with a handful.

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