Thursday, August 19, 2010

ice cream dreams

i once had a boyfriend 
who thought i should create
"the great american ice cream diet"
and he would go on it
lose lots of weight
and we would become
gazillionaires

instead

i told him to lose my number
and i immediately lost 250lbs

not because of the ice cream thing
just...
..because

i did however
at one time
want to open an ice cream store
back when i was living in a foreign country
as an executive for a large bank
where everybody seemed so unhappy
about everything

i used to tilt my head
and let my mind wander 
and think to myself
"no one leaves an ice cream store unhappy
everyone is saying 
please and thank you
and 
have a nice day
my next career
should be in dairy"

hasn't happened yet
but i am still
young
enough
mint chocolate-chip ice cream
(printable recipe)
*this ice cream is not like you get at the store. the fresh mint gives it a bit of a herbaceous flavor
i add peppermint extract to tame it a bit.  you can make it without fresh mint without issue.
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream--divided
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 cup lightly packed mint leaves
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (taste as you go)
few drops green coloring (optional)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate--melted
place the milk, 1 cup heavy cream, mint leaves and salt in a saucepan. bring to a simmer and then let steep for about 30 minutes to an hour.  drain off the mint leaves and bring the mixture back to a simmer.  meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla together.  temper this mixture with the steamed mint milk and then put back on the stove to thicken to a nappe (when it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and if you wipe your finger through it, it will hold form--it is about the thickness of heavy cream).  remove from heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring (if using) and the remaining cup of cream.  cool and freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.  when your ice cream is just about finished churning, drizzle the melted chocolate in a steady stream. you will have both chunks and chips of chocolate in your finished product. 

i am participating in colors of the rainbow
for alphabe-thursday 
summer school
over at jenny matlock
this week
we honor the color GREEN







15 comments:

  1. ack! there u go again making me want to run out and buy an icecream machine?!?! :) MAN this sounds good! My boys LURVEEE choc chip mint ice cream....i have only recently started enjoyin it lol i know crazy....just like i dont like chocolate and peanut butter mixed 2gether but i LUV chocolate and i LUV peanut butter! lol i know i r strange! I totally agree with u about ice cream makes everyone happy! I reckon with these awesome recipes u whip out u would do well having ur own icecream shop!

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  2. This looks so refreshing. Glad you lost 250 pounds!

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  3. Yummy! I would love to have some mint ice cream right now!
    Best wishes,
    Anna

    Anna's Rainbow Greens

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  4. Hi again Christy,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. You are first commenter on my Green-post.
    Best wishes,
    Anna

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  5. This sounds so good. I'm thinking my fresh goat milk would be perfect for this!!!!

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  6. A recipe for my most favorite ice cream ever?! You are awesome!!!! ...and thanks or the heads up on the herb-taste, I think I'll be omitting that part.

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  7. i do love mint ... so pretty & yummy!

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  8. Mint ice cream is one of my favorites. I need to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

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  9. OMG....LOVE IT! This would be so so so yummy

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  10. I love mint chocolate chip ice cream! YUM!

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  11. After I finished laughing at this:

    i told him to lose my number
    and i immediately lost 250lbs

    I continued reading to possibly drool just a tiny bit on my keyboard.

    Fresh mint does have such a different flavor. I always think you should call things made with fresh mint a different name since they are delicious but people expect a different flavor when they hear the word mint.

    And now I am done rambling all over this comment I will stop to say...

    I loved your post today...yumminess and humor all in one sweet little package.

    Thank you for linking.

    A+

    This sounds scrumptious.

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  12. This sounds yummylicous thank you so much for sharing glad I popped by

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  13. I love mint choc chip IC... KUDOS to you for making your own :)

    Thanks for sharing the green....I also LOVE pistachio IC

    Susan

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