Mint ice cream recipe
My apologies to those on the sfbay board for making you wait for the recipe.
Fresh Mint I.C.
2 1/2c. heavy cream
1c.fresh mint leaves
1 1/4c. sugar
5 large yolks
pinch kosher salt
Heat cream,milk,mint & sugar over medium heat. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat & cover. Let steep 15-20 min. Whisk yolks & salt in medium bowl. Temper hot liquid with yolks. Return mix to pot & cook over low heat until the mixture lightly coats a spoon. Strain into a clean bowl & cool over water bath.
This tastes good with your favorite bittersweet or white chocolate(finely chopped) added to the ice cream as it comes out of the ice cream freezer.
I use peppermint leaves. Depending on how minty you like your i.c. you can add another 1/2 bunch or so. I prefer it to be subtle..not so overpowering that you feel like you just rinsed your mouth with Scope or something. Also taste the mint to see how fresh it is..some mint will not have that strong a flavor so by all means add another bunch to the recipe.
This is not the exact Sea Salt recipe..it's a variation of it. It was the other pastry chef's recipe that was used & I don't want to post her recipe w/o permission.
Let me know how this recipe turns out. I'm always looking to improve my recipes.
Much like the recipe we use, thanks for providing yours. I use spearmint from our garden and pound the leaves a tad to release some flavor before adding to the cream.
My mom and I made the ice cream today (still in her freezer solidifying) . We really chopped and muddled the mint leaves and the mint flavor is *so* divine! It has none of the nasty alcoholic astringency you get w/ peppermint extract; the flavor is just so cleanly mint. We added chocolate chunks and I sort of wish we hadn't (darnit! I always tell myself to follow the recipe exactly the first go'round and I always ignore myself...). The chocolate really dominates the gentle mintiness of it. You're right to suggest fine shavings of chocolate or even just some shavings after it's in the bowl.
Oh, we also replaced some of the cream and all of the milk w/ half and half and probably got a richer ice cream once we did the math on it.
Thanks! Haven't had a bowl yet, but I'm sure it'll be great!