One of my Valentine’s Day gifts this year was a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker (This one) Now that summer is here, I am craving ice cream more, so I combined some recipe techniques to come up with this delicious and easy ice cream.
Makes 2 quarts
2.5 cups whole milk
6-10 mint leaves, bruised and torn
6 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
Put the milk and the mint in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn off the heat, and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the mint leaves.
In the top of a double boiler, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt until the egg yolks lighten. This takes about 3-4 minutes with an electric hand mixer. Whisk in the milk mixture slowly, and then cook the mixture over a pan of simmering water for about 10 minutes, or until the custard becomes thick. Add the heavy cream, and cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Remove the pan from the refrigerator, and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions. In the case of mine, I turned the prepared ice cream maker on, poured in the liquid, and let it work for about 35-45 minutes, until the ice cream got really thick. I then added the chocolate and let it work for 5 more minutes.
I made this ice cream 4 days before I served it so it had plenty of time to harden up in the freezer. You can eat it right away, but it will melt more quickly and be kind of soft. I recommend storing your ice cream in a glass freezer container, such as the Ziploc Versa Glass Containers. Plastic holds smells that can make your ice cream taste gross.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, proceed with the recipe as directed. After the 30 minute chill period, pour the custard into a freezer-safe container, and put it in the freezer. After 45 minutes, stir the ice cream. Keep checking and stirring every 30 minutes. This method takes 2-3 hours, and is more labor intensive, but if you aren’t in the market for an ice cream maker, it’s the way to go. Add the chips on your last stir and enjoy your home made ice cream!!