December 28, 2014

Fresh Peppermint Ice Cream

There is something so irresistibly wintery about peppermint. The cool sensation of this herb is the taste equivalent of skiing through a field of powder snow. Even just a small hint of peppermint's refreshing flavor reminds me of the holidays. 

To celebrate the season, create your own fresh peppermint ice cream. It is surprisingly easy to do, with a few simple ingredients. The key to success is infusing the mint leaves overnight.

Recipe for Fresh Peppermint Ice Cream

* Handful of fresh mint leaves
* 1 cup of whole milk
* 1 1/2 cup of cream
* 3 egg yolks
* 6 tablespoons of sugar

1.) Wash and dry mint leaves. Tear into small pieces, soak overnight in the milk and cream.
2.) Mix egg yolks in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of sugar.
3.) Use a whisk to blend until the mixture becomes lighter in color and frothy.
4.) Strain the mint leaves from the milk/cream. 
5.) Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar to the milk/cream.
6.) Simmer the milk mixture in a saucepan on medium heat.
7.) Remove from heat, then pour a small amount of milk mixture over the egg yolks.
8.) Stir together and then pour back into the saucepan.
9.) On low heat, simmer until reaching a low boil.
10.) Allow to cool down and then place in ice cream machine.
{Optional: Add small pieces of fresh mint leaves to the cooled mixture for a touch of color.}

Enjoy! Happy Holidays!!

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