Just because you don't live near the Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont doesn't mean you can't create your own ice cream. With the help of an electric ice cream maker, you can have smooth and creamy homemade ice cream whenever you want.
My sister's favorite flavor is mint chip and for her recent birthday party, I decided to churn up a batch. The key to making homemade ice cream is to start early, especially with this recipe. The milk and cream mixture has to steep with fresh mint for at least an hour. Then, the custard needs a night in the fridge for it to chill properly. After it goes for a whirl in the ice cream maker, it requires another four hours to freeze.
It may seem like a lot of work, but really, it's just a lot of waiting! The final result — an incredibly fresh, minty, insanely delicious treat — is worth the effort. You will never want to go back to store-bought mint chip again! Learn the method after the break.
2 cups heavy cream Makes 1 1/2 quarts.
2 cups whole milk
Pinch of salt
2 bunches fresh mint
1 cup sugar
8 large egg yolks
several drops of green food coloring, optional
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups heavy cream
Makes 1 1/2 quarts.