when we got married, jane gave us a really wonderful cookbook — wonderful even though it contains zero food photography — called The Art of Simple Food.
in this book there is a recipe for ice cream that’ll stop your heart in more ways than one. it’s technically more of a custard, because it contains lots of egg yolks. it’s so rich and wonderful. we use a variation on the basic recipe for vanilla that makes it a mint chocolate chip ice cream. it calls for real, fresh mint leaves. in madison, we knew a house nearby that had a prolific supply of mint and so we’d snatch it from there, or else suck it up and buy it from the grocery. but here at our new house we have it growing in our own back yard. lots of it.
so on this sunny day, aproned and feeling surprisingly upbeat considering that it’s my due date and i’m no where close being in labor, i went out and cut the sweet-smelling plant, brought it in the house and made us a great ice cream “batter”.
here’s the recipe…
best ever mint-chocolate chip ice cream
- 9 eggs
whisk the yolks just enough to break them up. put the whites aside for an egg-white omlete tomorrow morning.
pour into a heavy-bottomed pot:
- 2 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- a pinch of salt
warm over medium heat until steaming, but do not allow to boil. stir to dissolve the sugar. add:
- 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves
when warm, turn off the heat and allow to steep for about 10 minutes. taste now and then, and strain when the flavor is to your taste. reheat the mixture. whisk a little of the hot liquid in with the egg yolks to temper them, then whisk the warmed yolks back into the hot whole milk mixture. cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. remove from the heat. stir in:
- 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
cover the custard and chill thoroughly.
put the chilled batter into an ice cream maker. add:
- 1 1/2 cups chipped semi-sweet chocolate
freeze the chilled custard and chocolate in in the machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
and THAT, is a little slice of heaven on earth. trust me.