This Ice Cream is to die for! I got the recipe from www.about.com and have since made it many times. It is a bit more involved to make but worth the effort.The ginger flavor is keenest for the first 24 hours. It is still sprightly after 2 days, but then gradually begins to fade. Great to end a Chinese meal!The cook and prep times are estimates, I never really kept track!
For the ginger syrup
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 1⁄2-3 packed packed tablespoons food-processor-minced peeled fresh ginger or 2 1⁄2-3 grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely minced ginger in syrup, drained before mincing (available at Asian markets)
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream (whipping)
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 teaspoon freshly squeezed strained lemon juice
- To make the syrup, heat the water and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- When the sugar is dissolved, add the fresh ginger.
- Stir to distribute sugar, then bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the syrup uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- In another pan combine the milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, and the minced preserved ginger.
- Stir over medium heat until the milk comes to a scalding temperature, just short of a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat. Scrape the fresh ginger syrup into the milk mixture, and stir well to blend.
- Cover and steep 20 minutes to infuse the milk.
- In a small bowl beat the egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and falls in ribbons from the beater.
- Put the heavy cream in a medium-size bowl. Nest the cream bowl in a larger one lined with ice cubes and place in a large, fine mesh strainer alongside.
- When the steeping time is up, bring the milk mixture to scalding again, stirring. Slowly add 1/4 of the scalded milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to temper the eggs, then pour the egg mixture back into the remaining milk, continuing to whisk.
- Cook over moderate heat, whisking slowly but steadily until the mixture reaches the custard stage, thick enough to coat and cling to the back of a spoon, 180 degrees on an instant-reading thermometer.
- Do not let the mixture boil lest the eggs scramble.
- Immediately pour the custard through the strainer and into the bowl of cream set over ice.
- Scrape the pot clean, then slowly stir the liquid trapped in the strainer in order to coax it through the mesh.
- Press firmly and repeatedly on the ginger to extract all the liquid, then finally scrape the bottom of the strainer to claim every last drop for the cream.
- Discard the ginger solids. Allow the cream mixture to cool completely, stirring occasionally.
- Once cool, the mixture may be sealed airtight and refrigerated for 1 - 2 days before freezing.
- Freezing the cream:.
- Just before freezing, adjust the mixture with 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, stirring and tasting after every several drops just until the ginger flavor is perceptibly heightened by the lemon.
- Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- When the freezing process is completed, pack the ice cream into a clean plastic container, poking deep into the mixture, then pressing it with a spoon or spatula to eliminate any air bubbles.
- Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ice cream to prevent the formation of ice crystals, then return the mixture to the freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up and "ripen.".
- If frozen solid, allow the ice cream to soften slightly in the refrigerator before serving. For the full flavor and bouquet, it should be eaten slightly soft.