Is cornstarch necessary in this recipe if you are using an icecream maker?

  • Posted by: Leila
  • October 30, 2013
Kabocha Vanilla Chai Ice Cream
Recipe question for: Kabocha Vanilla Chai Ice Cream


HalfPint October 30, 2013
Yes. The cornstarch is there to absorb water. If you don't bind up the water, it will create shards of ice crystals in the final product. Jeni Britton Bauer's recipe was designed to create an ice cream that was supple and smooth. Each ingredient was added to create an ice cream that was neither too hard or too soft, with a luscious texture. I'm sure you can omit the cornstarch, but the texture would most likely be icy-er (sp?)
HalfPint October 30, 2013
I think you could substitute potato starch or arrowroot for the corn starch if you are allergic to corn.
HalfPint October 30, 2013
Sorry, you can substitute tapioca starch for the cornstarch.
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