Purple Yam Ice Cream: A Unique and Irresistible Delight

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

Hi there, fellow dessert enthusiasts! Get ready to be captivated by the enchanting world of Purple Yam Ice Cream. Don’t adjust your screens – that vibrant purple hue is as real as it gets! Made from the finest purple yams, this luscious treat, often referred to as Ube Ice Cream, is about to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

What Makes Ube So Special?

Ube, pronounced OO-BEY, is a type of purple yam that holds significant cultural importance, especially in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Although fresh ube may be challenging to find, fear not! You can still indulge in the delightful taste of this enchanting root vegetable by using powdered ube and a dash of ube extract.

But what does it taste like? Well, it’s hard to put into words. Imagine a delicate, lightly sweet flavor that’s almost floral, reminiscent of lavender. Some even consider it a blend of vanilla and pistachio. Truly, the best way to understand its unique taste is by experiencing it yourself. And here’s a little secret – Ube isn’t just for ice cream! You can incorporate it into a wide range of delightful treats like donuts, cookies, and more.

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

Making Your Own Ube Ice Cream at Home

The recent popularity explosion of Trader Joe’s Ube Ice Cream caught my attention, and it got me thinking… I can do that too! And so can you! You don’t need any fancy machines – just a few kitchen essentials and a little elbow grease.

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  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Elbow grease
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Freezer-Safe Containers
  • Ube Powder and Ube Extract (Optional, but highly recommended)

A close up scoop of purple Ube Ice Cream to show texture, color, and how easy it is to scoop.

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Begin by pouring cold cream into a large bowl.
  2. Using a hand whisk (or an electric mixer), whip the cream until soft peaks form, usually taking around 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Once the cream holds its shape, pour in the cold condensed milk and continue whipping until the mixture forms stiff peaks, which should take about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the ube powder and ube flavoring and stir until fully incorporated. Feel free to taste it along the way to ensure it has the perfect flavor for you.
  5. Pour the creamy delight into a freezable container and let it freeze for a minimum of five hours. Once frozen, scoop and enjoy!
  6. Store any leftovers in the freezer for up to six weeks.

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

Gemma’s Pro Tips for Crafting the Perfect Ice Cream

  • Keep it cold! Make sure both your condensed milk and whipping cream are as cold as possible, straight from the fridge (but not frozen) when preparing this recipe.
  • Running low on Condensed Milk? No worries! You can easily whip up your own Homemade Condensed Milk in a jiffy.
  • If you prefer, you can use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer instead of whisking by hand.
  • For that distinctive ube flavor, I recommend using both ube powder and ube flavoring. The combination is sure to deliver a burst of flavor and a stunning color.

Explore the World of Frozen Delights

Looking to expand your ice cream repertoire even further? I’ve got you covered! Here are a few more tantalizing ice cream recipes for you to explore:

  • Homemade Ice Cream In A Jar
  • 2-Ingredient Ice Cream
  • Homemade Rolled Ice Cream
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Two scoops of Ube Ice Cream sitting on top of a cone.

And don’t forget to check out my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook, packed with even more mouthwatering dessert creations.

Now that you’ve witnessed the magic that is Purple Yam Ice Cream, it’s time to unleash your inner chef and create your very own batch of this enchanting frozen delight. Get ready to savor the creamy, floral notes that make ube so incredibly special. Don’t settle for ordinary – indulge in the extraordinary! Family Cuisine is here to guide you on your culinary adventures. Happy ice cream making!

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