Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It Tastes Like It's Snowing in My Mouth

A while back a good friend of mine requested "the perfect winter ice cream." Not long after that I found out I had moderately high cholesterol at the ripe old age of 31 and laid off the ice cream making. And then that same friend had a birthday, and I thought that maybe a batch of winter-inspired ice cream might be the perfect gift for her.

I was right.

Enter Peppermint Ice Cream. It's another David Lebovitz recipe via Use Real Butter, and it is delicious. I added a touch more peppermint extract to my version, which appears below.

Peppermint Ice Cream
Yield: approx. 1 1/2 quarts
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup peppermint candy, crushed (don't crush too fine, or you'll get dust that dissolves and turns the ice cream pink - you want small pieces of candy here)

Heat the milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved (stir slowly and don’t let the mixture boil). Set the cream in a bowl nested in an ice bath. Place a sieve on top of the bowl with the cream. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk mixture into the eggs while whisking constantly (take care not to cook the eggs – this is why you temper them with the warm milk slowly). Pour the contents back into your saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium-low flame and stir constantly with a spoon or spatula (scrape the bottom and corners of the pan so you don’t get uneven cooking). Do this for about 5-7 minutes until you get nappe consistency (coats the back of the spoon). Pour the custard through the sieve into the cream. Stir to cool over the ice bath and then chill thoroughly in the refrigerator. Once mixture is chilled, add peppermint extract to your desired taste. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After the ice cream is done in the machine, stir in your candy and then store in an airtight vessel and freeze.

And, voila!

Fresh, cool, minty ice cream. The smooth peppermint flavor goes down quite well, while the occasional bites of peppermint candy are a nice little pop. Perfect for winter - especially Christmas.

I'm thinking this might go into my holiday candy/cookie gift rotation for next year. A small container for everyone sends a special holiday wish, I think.


Amy in Austin said...

It's like a perfect winter party in my mouth. Thank you for such a great birthday gift!

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