This Horchata-inspired Ice Cream is infused with cinnamon and vanilla while blended with cream and starchy white rice giving it that perfect rich and creamy texture and mouth-watering flavor. We are proud to partner with Alejandra Ramos, for this delectable recipe she created on her website Always Order Dessert!
Melt butter over medium in the base of a heavy-bottom pot (such as a Dutch oven) and add the rice. Use a spoon to stir regularly for 3-5 minutes, just until the rice is toasted and smells slightly nutty.
Add the milk, heavy cream, sugar, and cinnamon sticks, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly until the rice is tender. Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla extract, almond extract, ground cinnamon, and salt, and let steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and transfer the mixture in batches into a blender, pureeing until very smooth.
Place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl, line with cheesecloth, and pour the pureed milk and rice mixture through, using a spatula to push it through and press out as much liquid as possible.
At this point, the mixture should be creamy and slightly thick, enough to coat the back of a spoon. If it is not, return it to the stove and simmer gently while stirring for 5 minutes.
Chill the strained mixture for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Process the chilled mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ice cream will have a loose soft-serve texture at this point. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze at least 4 hours before serving.
Serve alone, sprinkled with cinnamon or even drizzled with hot fudge or dulce de leche. Horchata Ice Cream is also the perfect dessert to serve with tacos!
If you’re a fan of the classic refreshing Mexican Horchata drink made with cinnamon, vanilla, white rice and sugar, and you’d use those flavors in just about anything from an Horchata Smoothie to fluffy Rice Pancakes, this Horchata-inspired Ice Cream is going to be your new favorite. Horchata is a rice-based drink typically served on special occasions and holidays in Mexican cultures, so this new twist on your favorite drink is perfect for anything from cooling down on a hot day to serving it up for family and friends at your next special occasion.
Although the process might involve a bit of time and dedication, turn it into a family fun activity and get your family involved in the process with you! Fill an afternoon at home with a fun and memorable activity fun for both kids and adults alike.
If you do not have an ice cream maker, use two double-lock zip-up bags instead! We’ll show you how it’s done. In one bag, fill ⅔ of the way full with your mixture that you would place into the ice cream maker and seal securely!
In another bag, combine 3 cups ice and ⅓ cup of kosher or rock salt. Put the bag with the liquid inside of the bag of ice so that the ice is fully covering the liquid. Then, shake vigorously for 7-10 minutes, until the contents of the inner bag are creamy and frozen. When there is no liquid runoff in the bag, you can be sure the ice cream is fully frozen. The ice cream can be eaten right away after this method, but can also be transferred to an airtight container and frozen for a few hours as well. Enjoy your homemade treat even without an ice cream maker at home.