I had the idea recently to use some of the mint we have in our herb garden to make some ice cream. I found a recipe by another blogger with a recipe she tried that involved using fresh mint. I tried it myself, with a little variation. I used cream, of course, but also skim milk. And I used good chocolate. I chopped up a couple of bars of Lake Champlain dark chocolate and added that.
It was very minty. My wife described it as having a “Kapachow!’ right when you tasted it, but then a mellow finish. It has a fresh real mint taste. I might use less mint next time, but maybe not. I wouldn’t want to lose too much of the flavor I was after to begin with. Overall, I think it tasted about right. Here is the finished product:
Here is recipe I used, (a variation on this one), which makes about 1 quart:
1 cup skim milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups cream
pinch of salt
2 cups packed mint leaves
5 egg yolks
6 oz. chopped good quality dark chocolate
1. Mix the milk, sugar, salt and 1 cup of the cream in a saucepan and warm it gently. Submerge the mint leaves in the liquid and set aside to steep at room temperature for an hour.
2. Pass the mixture through a strainer into another saucepan, pressing on the leaves to remove as much liquid as possible. Toss the leaves into your compost bucket and rewarm the liquid.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until fluffy (a couple of minutes). Slowly pour the warmed mint liquid into the egg yolks, whisking the whole time. Then pour the egg cream mint mixture back into the saucepan.
4. Stir the mixture over medium heat with a silicone spatula that can take the heat, scraping the bottom, until the mixture thickens and sticks to the spatula.
5. Pour the 2nd cup of cream into a bowl and place a strainer over it. Pour the warm liquid through the strainer into the cream. Mix until blended.
6. Cool your ice cream mixture thoroughly, several hours in a refrigerator or chill in an ice bath and then cool an hour in a refrigerator.
7. Freeze in an ice cream maker, adding the chocolate bits at the end and mixing them in well.
If you try it, please let me know how it comes out for you. Next up on the ice cream circuit: peach. We are off to go camping overnight so it will have to wait until at least later in the week. We do have to get through this batch first, although I can’t imagine that will take very long.