|Ice cream is one of those foods that defines summer. Scores of us have vivid childhood memories that revolve around ice cream. For some it is chasing after the ice cream truck as it meanders through our neighborhood, for others it is the celebration after a childhood baseball, softball or soccer game, and for others it is simply sitting on the porch with family while enjoying a refreshing treat. David Lebovitz combines all of our wonderful ice cream memories into amazing recipes in his new cookbook "The Perfect Scoop". These recipes include traditional favorites, such as the Tin Roof Ice Cream recipe below, as well as modern Lebovitz creations that will entice your senses and elevate ice cream to an adult memory such as Olive Oil Ice Cream! David also provides recipes for "mix-ins and vessels" which you can combine with the various ice creams, sorbets, sherbets and granitas to create your own unique treats. So grab a scoop and join in as we all scream for ice cream….
Photo by Lara Hata
Tin Roof Ice Cream
Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments by David Lebovitz. Photography by Lara Hata. Copyright 2007. Published by Ten Speed Press.
Makes about 1 1/4 Quarts
Do you know how tin roof ice cream got its name? Neither do I. Nor does anyone, it seems. I've tried to find out but have always come up empty-handed. I do know that it's one of my favorite ice cream combinations, and I guess I need to be content with that. Tin roof sundaes are traditionally made of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and a scattering of red-skinned Spanish peanuts. I couldn't resist using chocolate-covered peanuts instead and folding them into the ice cream, where they become embedded between layers of fudge ripple.
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk
- 3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) heavy cream
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Chocolate-Covered Peanuts (page 199)
- Fudge Ripple (page 210)
Warm the milk, sugar, salt and 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the cream in a medium saucepan. With a sharp paring knife, scrape the flavorful seeds from the vanilla bean and add them, along with the pod, to the hot milk mixture. Cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Rewarm the vanilla-infused mixture. Pour the remaining 1 cup (250 ml) cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream to cool. Remove the vanilla bean, wipe it clean of any egg bits, and add it back to the custard. Stir in the vanilla and stir until cool over an ice bath. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
Then ready to churn the ice cream, remove the vanilla bean (it can be rinsed and reused). Freeze the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. While the ice cream is freezing, chop the peanuts into bite-sized pieces.
Fold the peanut pieces into the frozen ice cream as you remove it from the machine, and layer it with Fudge Ripple.
Perfect Pairing: To make Tin Roof Sundaes, serve this ice cream with plenty of Marshmallow-Hot Fudge Sauce (page 166) and Salt-Roasted Peanuts (page 188), topped off with a Candied Cherry (page 215).
About Perfect Scoop
Ripe seasonal fruits. Fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices. Heavy cream and bright liqueurs. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Every luscious flavor is grist for the chill in David Lebovitz's ecstatic guide to the pleasures of homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and more. With an emphasis on intense and sophisticated flavors, an international flair, and a bountiful helping of seasoned technique, this collection of frozen treats ranges from classic and comforting (Chocolate Sorbet) to contemporary and cutting edge (Mojito Granita). Spilling over with scrumptious sauces, crunchy toppings, and surprising mix-ins, THE PERFECT SCOOP transforms simple ice cream into a knockout dessert.
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