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Vegan Ice Cream Bombe

It’s almost Mother’s Day.

Remember last year when in March and April and we felt terrible for all the people that had Covid birthdays? And then it was May and Mother’s Day, and we thought, “okay, just this year, next year everything will be back to normal?”

HA!!

So. Moving on.

Vegan Ice Cream Bombe

I thought this Vegan Ice Cream Bombe would make a really great recipe to surprise your mom with for Mother’s Day. It makes for a pretty fantastic final result that’s pretty showstopping, but it’s actually really, really simple to make.

I discovered Nora’s Plant-Based Ice Cream a few years ago when they exhibited at The Wellness Show. Now, I’ve eaten a lot of vegan ice cream in my day, and I’ve even made a ton of it. The big challenge with vegan ice cream is fat. It needs fat both to work and to taste good, which is why a lot of people use full-fat coconut milk as their base. It works really well, but you can never really get rid of that coconutty flavour.

Nora’s is made with a cashew base, and boy is it good! Seriously, I challenge to you even know that it’s dairy free. They have loads of different flavours, as well. The Peanut Butter Cup is my personal fave, but I used vanilla and strawberries and cream for this recipe, as I wanted it to mimic the pink-white-brown stripes of the Neapolitan ice cream of my childhood.

A bombe is just really simply a frozen, dome-shaped dessert. There’s very little actual cooking that goes into this, mostly assembling and waiting.

Vegan Ice Cream Bombe

Vegan Ice Cream Bombe

Ingredients

  • one baked chocolate cake, about 1″-1½” thick
  • 1 pint vegan vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint vegan strawberry ice cream
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam or vegan chocolate sauce
  • ½ cup dark vegan chocolate
  • ½ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter

Method

  1. Bake a thin chocolate cake. You can either use the box cake mix trick (most box cake mixes are accidentally vegan, check the ingredients to be sure) and bake it on a sheet tray, or I made my mom’s Wacky Cake (appropriate for Mother’s Day, don’tcha think?) in a 9″x13″ pan, so it was about 1″-1½” thick. Don’t forget to line your pan with parchment before you bake to make it easy to remove the baked cake from the pan. Once it’s cooled, just flip it upside down, remove the pan, then peel off the parchment.
  2. You can either make one big bombe or several smaller ones. I made mine in a 4″ round dessert bowl I bought at the dollar store. You could also make one big one in a larger bowl.
  3. Whatever bowl you’re using, place it upside-down on top of your cake and trace around the bowl. Then cut the cake about ½” smaller so it fits. After you’ve cut the cake, wrap it up and place it to the side.
  4. Line your bowl well with overlapping layers of plastic wrap.
  5. Remove your ice cream from the freezer and allow to warm up till it’s spreadable and a bit soupy.
  6. Starting with the vanilla, spoon a layer of ice cream into the bottom of the bowl, and smooth it over. Then add a second layer of strawberry. If your ice cream is really soft, you may have to freeze the vanilla layer first before adding the strawberry layer.
  7. Wrap the plastic over the ice cream layers and place in the freezer to set up for several hours, or overnight.
  8. Remove from the freezer and add the layer of jam or chocolate sauce, then carefully place your cake circle on top.
  9. Wrap the plastic over the cake layer and place back in the freezer to set up for an additional couple of hours.
  10. In a double-boiler, place the two types of chocolate and allow to melt down together. Once it’s all melted, turn off the heat and start adding the vegan butter one tablespoon at a time.  You may not need all of it, or you might need a little more. You want your chocolate to be thin enough to easily drape itself over the bombe, but you don’t want it to be so thin it slides right off.
  11. Remove your bombe from the freezer and allow to sit at room temp for a few minutes. You may want to briefly dunk the bowl in a larger bowl of hot water just to loosen it.
  12. Flip the bowl upside-down onto a cooling rack overtop of a cookie sheet, and remove the bowl. Carefully peel off the plastic wrap.
  13. Pour the melted chocolate all over the bombe, to cover it entirely, using your knife to patch up naked bits.
  14. Place in the freezer to set up one last time.
  15. Serve triumphantly!

Lemon Donuts {Vegan}

We’ve had an unexpected brush with winter here on the West Coast, which left us in a deep freeze for about a week, and resulted in a snow day.

Now if you live pretty much anywhere East of where I live in Vancouver, snow and cold temps are the norm this time of the year.

I, on the other hand, after living for nearly two decades in the Maritimes, moved here to escape all that.

Lemon Donuts Vegan

Snow is very polarizing here. As a city, we’re not properly equipped for it. We don’t really have the infrastructure to handle a big snowfall; not enough plows, and our public transportation just can’t handle it. The residents mostly don’t have snow tires, and never properly learned how to drive in snowy conditions. So, basically, snow is a big pain in the tukus.

On the other hand, people love it. The city gets really quiet and still and it’s so pretty with its blanket of snow. Kids find the teeniest incline and slide down it on surfboards, garbage bags or anything else they can find until the ground shows through. It’s pretty joyful.

In the middle of all this winter, I needed a ray of sunshine. I needed a bit of light, a reminder that spring is coming, it’s just around the corner.

So I made lemon donuts. Bursting with bright citrus flavours, these were just what I needed.

Vegan Lemon Donuts

And lo and behold, the snow is now gone, it’s 7 degrees, and I saw green things poking up out of the ground on my walk today. Ahhhh February in Vancouver. Sorry not sorry?

Lemon Donuts {Vegan}

Ingredients for the donuts 
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I used oat)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • the zest of one lemon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup +2 tablespoons flour
Ingredients for the glaze
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • lemon zest and thyme leaves for garnish
Method
  1. Prepare a donut pan by greasing it well.
  2. In a bowl, place the non dairy milk and the lemon juice, and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the melted coconut oil, the lemon zest, the vanilla, the turmeric and the sugar.
  4. Blend together the flour, salt and baking powder, then mix into the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe into your prepared donut pans, about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 11-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough so that you can tip them out onto a wire rack set over a baking sheet. You may need to run a knife or an offset spatula around them to loosen them.
  8. In a shallow, deep bowl, combine the glaze ingredients.
  9. Dip each of the donuts in the glaze and then place them back on the wire rack (over a baking sheet to catch drips). Garnish with additional lemon zest and thyme leaves if desired. Allow to sit for a few minutes so the glaze can properly set, then serve.
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