Prep 35 mins
Cook 15 mins
A refreshing refuge from summertime heat posted from an online source in response to a recipe request. Prep time does not include overnight refrigeration. Cook time is approximate freezing time.
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 tablespoons peppermint schnapps
- 1⁄4 cup crushed soft peppermint candy (can substitute candy canes)
- Fill a medium saucepan with water.
- Bring the water to a gentle simmer.
- Place a glass bowl on top of the saucepan.
- Add the milk and cream to the bowl.
- Cut the vanilla bean in half, and then scrape the seeds into the milk and cream mixture.
- Add the pieces of vanilla bean.
- Slowly bring the milk mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
- In a separate bowl add the granulated sugar and egg yolks.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is smooth and pale yellow in color.
- Slowly whisk some of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks.
- Then whisk all of the egg yolk mixture back into the bowl of milk.
- Stirring constantly, cook the milk mixture until it thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 15 more minutes.
- Pour the milk mixture through a strainer into a bowl.
- Let the custard cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, remove the custard from the refrigerator.
- Pour the chilled custard into an ice cream maker and process.
- Just before the ice cream is at the desired consistency, pour in the peppermint extract, peppermint schnapps and crushed peppermint candies.
- Continue to process the ice cream for another 5-10 minutes.
- Note: the ice-cream will be soft-serve at this stage.
- You can spoon the ice cream into a bowl, cover it and place it in the freezer until ready to serve.
- Let the ice cream thaw on the counter about 5 minutes before serving.