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C’est Magnifique!

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Magic is what happens when impossibilities become reality.

Thus, this new development can only be explained as an act of magic. How else could France’s sole 100% vegan publisher, L’Age d’Homme, have picked my modest tribute to dairy-free ice creams out of a veritable ocean of cookbook options? Of all books, of all things- It’s still hard for me to believe! I don’t speak French and have only visited the country briefly, but this could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

I haven’t yet seen the translated and reformatted rendition, renamed Veganice Glaces Véganes, but I’m already thrilled by the adorable new cover. For all you Francophiles out there, keep you eyes peeled for the release on June 21st! Should any French-speaking vegans out there get your hands on a copy, please let me know how the the recipes read, since I wouldn’t know the difference whether the instructions ultimately make ice cream or bicycles. Plus, I just got word that Vegan Desserts and Easy as Vegan Pie will also be joining Collection V shortly… Stay tuned for more details as they develop!

Since I can think of no better way to celebrate than with a big scoop of freshly churned ice cream, my recipe for Beurre Noisette Ice Cream, straight out of Vegan a la Mode, sounds like the perfect flavor to mark the occasion.

Beurre Noisette Ice Cream

Otherwise known as browned butter, the French have a much more elegant way of describing this rich nectar as “hazelnut butter,” alluding to the toasty, hazelnut-like flavor derived from a quick flash in the pan. The application of gentle heat transforms this everyday substance into something otherworldly, redolent with both salty and savory notes that heighten the sweetness of baked goods, or in this case, frozen treats. Many chefs would have you believe that this decadent substance can only be made with dairy, but au contraire, I’ve found that the same process works just as well with vegan “butter.” Taking the French term a bit more literally, a generous handful of hazelnuts cranks up the volume on that naturally nutty essence all the way to 11, so really, who needs the dairy anyway?

1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Margarine
3 1/4 Cups Non-Dairy Milk
2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup or Light Agave Nectar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts, Finely Chopped

Cut the margarine into tablespoon-sized pieces and place them in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Wait for all of the margarine to melt, then begin swirling the pan around to stir, as needed. In a fairly short time it should begin to look somewhat separated, with a foamy white top and yellow oil underneath that will gradually progress to a darker color. Eventually, the solids will settle to the bottom and begin to brown. The best judge of doneness here is to watch and listen to the bubbles; they will start making a more hollow pinging sort of sound near the end, and slow nearly to stopping.

At that point, quickly add in the sugar, whisking slowly but continuously. The mixture will be clumpy initially, but it will smooth out. Cook the sugar to a deep amber color, but do not be alarmed if it’s still not completely dissolved yet. Add in 1 1/2 cups of the non-dairy milk very carefully to arrest the caramelization process– Stand back, because it will sputter angrily. Things may look like a mess now, with the sugar solidified and clumped at the bottom of the pan, but do not panic! Continue stirring over gentle heat until the sugar melts and becomes smooth again.

Whisk cornstarch and remaining milk together separately before adding it into the pan with the corn syrup and salt. Turn the heat up to medium, bring the mixture to a full boil, then turn off the stove. Stir in the vanilla and let cool to room temperature before moving the cooked custard into your fridge. Chill thoroughly, for at least 3 hours, before churning.

Churn in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. In the last 5 minutes of churning, slowly sprinkle in the chopped hazelnuts so that the blades of the paddle incorporate and distribute the nuts throughout the ice cream. Transfer the soft ice cream to an air-tight container, and store it in the freezer for at least 3 hours before serving.

Makes 1 – 1 1/2 Quarts

Printable Recipe

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Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

29 thoughts on “C’est Magnifique!

  1. I commented over on FB that I love this cover! It’s light and playful and perfect for Summer ice cream experiments. Congratulations and can I say “Yum!” There are going to be a lot of happy people.

    Is there a particular ice cream machine you recommend? Will almond milk work for this recipe?

  2. Oh wauw! Congratulations that is amazing!

  3. That’s awesome, Hannah!!! I hope this expands your horizons even further and your recipes take all of Europe by storm before long!

  4. Congratulations! That is awesome!

  5. SOOOOO awesome, Hannah! You ROCK! <3

  6. Love, love, love this! I hope I’ll get to see it in person someday.

  7. Congratulations Hannah, it is really a magnifique thing!

  8. Lovely ice-cream, can you tell me the arrowroot function in the ice-cream making? Because I heard about arrowroot but still what is it for? Anyway, congratulation to you! :)

  9. Yes, what a gorgeous cover! Congratulations!

  10. Congratulations! Sounds yummy and your photos are wonderful!

  11. How do you translate “Nomelicious!” into French? I follow a few French vegan blogs and they are most certainly gorgeous places to hang out. Love that they have discovered you and kudos for the coup…not easy to get the French to embrace you and you have just the right je ne sais quoi to intrigue them…I am still intrigued and I have been here for AGES :)

  12. Thanks for this info, Hannah! As a francophile, I would love to obtain a copy of Glaces Véganes when it surfaces. Very neat :).

  13. Amazing news! I know what my French (very non-vegan) aunt is getting for her birthday this year :)

  14. Massive congratulations my friend, I am so happy for you! Bonnes Feliciations? Sorry my french is so rusty :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  15. So awesome, Hannah! Enjoy this magical and well-deserved recognition of your delicious hard work.

  16. Congratulations Hannah! I am so happy for you!!!!

  17. Congrats, dear Hannah! That is great news for you! I love the title & cool cover too! xxx

  18. Wow Hannah! Beurre noissette ice cream! This cannot get any better!!

    Congratuations Hannah! You truly deserve it!

  19. That’s fabulous news! I’m sure the French will love your ice cream. I would too, if I ever buy a darned ice cream churner…

  20. Congratulations! Love the fresh new cover! and I’m curious to see the reformatted cookbook. Hopefully it’s the first of many translations. :-)

  21. Hannah, what wonderful news! I’ve been traveling and haven’t been online much so I’m sorry to come late to the party, but that’s so exciting!

    janet

  22. Congratulations!!!Love the blog, the recipe and everything!!!I’m staying as a follower!!Greetings from Spain!!!!!!! ;)

  23. oh yay! congratulations! the name sounds even more fun and i love the cover!

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