Anyone made the Paleo Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream with vanilla extract?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I made this recipe today: http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-coconut-vanilla-ice-cream and when it called for the 4 tablespoons of real vanilla extract, I put it all in against my better judgment, even though I thought it tasted perfect after 2 tablespoons, and after that the whole mixture tasted like alcohol to me, even after attempting to mask it with a little salt, some pureed strawberries, and 1/4 cup of honey.

So I'm wondering, is this just my personal tastes, or has anyone else made it and found the 4 tablespoons of extract far too much? Either way, I'll add less vanilla next time regardless, but I'm wondering if I'm weird, or this might be a typo and the author meant teaspoons instead.

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on August 26, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Just looking at the recipe, my guess is that it is a typo and should be 4 teaspoons--not 4 tablespoons.


on August 27, 2012
at 05:29 AM

I just checked out the recipe as well. It calls for two whole vanilla beans or 4 "Tbsp". Now, normally in recipes it is written either "Tbs" for Tablespoon, or "tsp" for teaspoon. I think this is definitely a typo, because 4 Tbs = 1/4 C. I have never added a 1/4 C vanilla to any recipe that wasn't meant for a commercial kitchen. Especially since the only other ingredients are 1 can of coconut milk and a couple eggs. Additionally, it is the substitute for 2 vanilla beans, which would not equal 1/4 C in terms of flavor either.


on August 27, 2012
at 02:12 AM

I always add just half of whatever extract is called for. I find it always to be overpowering in just about every recipe. Most recipes seem to call for 1 teaspoon, so I don't know what's going on with this one. I'm guessing that the person doing the recipe used real vanilla beans and looked for a conversion of how much extract that would need to be. Doing a quick search brings up many different opinions of how much extract = 1 vanilla bean. It probably depends a lot on the personal taste of the recipe maker as well.



on August 26, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Typo, big time! And I'm thinking that 4 teaspoons might be a bit much as well! The two things that carry flavor the best in cooking is alcohol and fat. I think the full fat coconut milk should be perfectly fine, so you don't need to up the alcohol content, which most flavoring extracts have.

Looks like a good recipe otherwise!



on August 26, 2012
at 10:35 PM

cold foods require more flavoring since heat releases flavor. But 4T does seem excessive for that amount of liquid. I agree with MiMintzer it must be a typo.

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