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SRC: Slow Churned, Spiced Horchata Ice Cream

It's time for Group B's Secret Recipe Club December reveal. This month I was assigned to Famished Fish, Finicky Sharkpenned by Saundra who writes: "Since I was a little girl, about 5 years old, I’ve been literally obsessed with cookbooks.  I could look at pictures of meals from magazines and books for hours.  My grandmother even cut out recipes for me, which I have to this very day!" That's so awesome. I recently found a binder of clipped recipes from college and my kids were excited to see what I was cooking way back then. Saundra admits that she is her most relaxed and creative self when in the kitchen.

In honor of her middle child who was diagnosed with autism in kindergarten, Saundra has a section of her blog dedicated to Autism Feature Recipes. These are recipes that are specifically made either Gluten Free, Dairy Free, GFCF (gluten-free casein-free) to prevent any probably food allergies which may cause behavioral issues.  There are also some high protein and healthy fat recipes that are targeted toward high brain function for her 'finicky shark' with autism.

I marked her Sweet Honey Corn Cake, Pumpkin Sage Quinoa, and Sweet Potato Coconut Curry as to-try. But, very uncharacteristically, I selected to make a sweet from Saundra's blog. I just couldn't pass up her Slow-Churned Horchata Ice Cream. I added a few more spices, used a higher fat content milk, and chilled my custard before churning. Otherwise, I stayed pretty true to her original recipe.

Slow Churned, Spiced Horchata Ice Cream

  • 3 C milk (Saundra used 1% milk, I used whole milk)
  • 1/2 C white rice, uncooked
  • 1 stick cinnamon, broken into pieces
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 white cardamom pods (feel free to use green cardamom or skip it altogether. We're a little spice-mad in my house.)
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 8 egg yolks (Saundra suggests saving egg whites for an angel food cake, I made a version of pavlova)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 t organic almond extract

Slice and scrape the vanilla pod, separating caviar from bean.

Combine uncooked rice, cinnamon stick, vanilla caviar and pod, crushed cardamom pods, and milk in a medium saucepan and warm, stirring occasionally to prevent milk from scorching.

When milk begins to bubble around edges of pan, remove from heat. Cover and let stand until it reaches room temperature. Mine took about 20 minutes.

Combine egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and mix well, until a thick yellow paste is formed. Place the rice mixture in blender and pulse to combine thoroughly. Push the milk and rice mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

Whisk the rice mixture into the egg yolks and sugar. Transfer to a saucepan and cook until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Stir in the almond extract and chill overnight.

Transfer to ice cream maker and churn for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately, as a soft serve, or place ice cream in freezer for at least four hours.


  1. With as often as I've heard the name, you'd think I would have known that horchata has rice in it, but truthfully, I had NO idea! This is a great recipe!

    1. I know, right!? I have never made horchata, much less horchata ice cream. But I will now!

  2. I'd never heard of horchata before but I'm officially intrigued. This sounds really interesting.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this Camilla! My kids fought over the leftovers when I'd made it and I had to sneak it from them ;)

  4. I've heard about horchata before but have never tried it. Sounds delish!

  5. I have never heard of horchata! What an interesting idea! Does the rice starch act as a stabilizer?

  6. I love horchata. It was one of my favorite treats at the bakery near where I used to live. Wonderful sounding recipe that I absolutely need to try. Great SRC post

  7. This looks so good!! I wish I had a dish right now for a bedtime snack!

  8. Horchata's so yummy! This ice cream sounds so tempting. Now if only the weather would warm up. :)


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