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OLD SCHOOL PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM

A back to basics Peanut Butter Ice Cream that is worthy of the best nut butter you can find.  Or stick to your favorite supermarket brand for a frozen version of a childhood favorite.   Either way, this is creamy comfort food that you’ll want to eat straight from the container. 

Ingredients

Scale

205g (1 cup) heavy cream 

420g (2 cups) whole milk

152g (2/3 cup) sugar

     6 egg yolks 

 240g (1 cup) all-natural smooth peanut butter*

1 tsp. vanilla paste or extract 

coarse salt to taste*

1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)

Instructions

PREP

Make sure the peanut butter is well mixed* before measuring it out.  Place peanut butter in a large bowl and set aside. 

Whisk the sugar into the eggs and set aside. 

COOK

Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan and place over medium heat.  Warm until just simmering (it should be just a little too hot to touch) 

Temper the eggs: slowly whisk a little of the hot milk mixture into the eggs.  Constantly whisk in a little at a time until at least half of the hot milk is mixed in.  The key is to start slowly so the eggs gradually warm up otherwise if it’s all dumped in at once you’ll end up with scrambled eggs.    Put the warmed eggs into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture. 

Return to medium-high heat and slowly bring to a simmer while whisking, 8-10 minutes.  The custard is done when it coats the back of a spoon.  Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into the bowl with the peanut butter.   Add vanilla paste (or extract)   With an immersion blender (or whisk by hand)  blend vigorously,  making sure all the peanut butter is thoroughly incorporated.    

CURE

After the ice cream has cooled, refrigerate for 4-12 hours.

CHURN

Give the ice cream a stir (it will be very thick) and add in salt to taste*.    Process in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.   Just before it’s done, add in the chopped peanuts (if using)

When it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream (about 20-30 minutes on most machines) scoop into a container, place a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper on the surface and freeze until firm (4 hours minimum)

Notes

  • Be generous with the salt.  Add it in small amounts, tasting after each addition.  It should be just a tiny bit saltier than you want since freezing will dull the flavor a bit.  If you are unsure, it is better to undersalt than over salt.