Fresh mint & choc chip ice cream

Fresh mint & choc chip ice cream

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus overnight standing and freezing

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 6

Classic combo, mint choc chip goes luxury with fresh leaves, big dark chocolate chunks and vanilla seeds

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
549
protein
7g
carbs
41g
fat
40g
saturates
23g
fibre
1g
sugar
41g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 140g dark chocolate
  • 400ml full-fat milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 75g/2½oz fresh mint leaves with stalks
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 140g caster sugar
  • ice-cream cones, to serve (optional)

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Method

  1. Put the chocolate in a plastic bag, seal and freeze for at least 30 mins. Bash the frozen chocolate with a rolling pin until it shatters into small chunks inside the bag.
  2. Pour the milk and cream into a medium heavy-based pan, then add the vanilla pod, scraping the seeds into the mixture. Heat the creamy milk, stirring occasionally, until almost boiling. Add the mint leaves and stalks, cover with a lid, and leave for 15 mins.
  3. Strain the liquid, pressing the mint with a spatula to extract maximum flavour. Discard the leaves and stalks, and scoop out the vanilla pod.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until thick and pale – about 5 mins if you are using an electric whisk. Return the minty cream to a clean pan and bring back to almost boiling.
  5. Pour half the hot liquid onto the egg and sugar mixture, whisking to combine everything before adding the remaining liquid. Return the custard to the rinsed-out pan and cook over a low heat, stirring all the time, until lightly thickened – about 3-4 mins. Take care it doesn’t get too hot or it may curdle. Strain the custard into a bowl and leave to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin forming. Chill the custard until really cold – it’s a good idea to leave it overnight.
  6. Churn the custard in an ice-cream machine until frozen. Add the chocolate pieces just before it sets. If you don’t have a machine, pour the custard into a chilled container and freeze for 2-3 hrs until the sides become icy. Whisk thoroughly to break up any crystals, then add the chocolate and freeze until solid. Leave to soften in the fridge for 20-30 mins, then serve in bowls or cones.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2012

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Gregorio's picture
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The consistency was great, but I found this recipe made ice cream that was far too sweet. I thought this when tasting it still in custard form, and so I bought 85% cocoa chocolate to use for the chips in the hope it would take the sweetness down a little, which it did, but not quite enough.
If I make it again I might try dropping the sugar content to 100 or perhaps 80 grams.
Another thing I think I'd recommend (hindsight!) is sieving the chocolate once you've cut/smashed it up so you don't get so much powder in your final mix, which does take away from the visual appeal of the ice cream.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This ice cream smelled lovely but had a strange after taste. I don't know if this was because the recipe included the stems which might have given it a bitter after taste.

kathryn4050's picture
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Loved this recipe, what I first heated the cream with the mint, the taste of mint was too mild. I therefore cut the mint much finer and left in the cream to defuse as the mixture cooled, and then strained. This made a big difference and much improved the flavour. It tastes very sweet before frozen, but once it is the taste is really good - definitely recommend this

kanter69's picture
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Few modifications to get the best from the mint, and this is absolutely fabulous. Squeeze the mint like spinach after steeping. And I blitzed it in a food processor together with some liquid, then squeezed that too. All through a strainer. Easily the best fresh mint ice cream I've ever had/made.

trace28za's picture

I didn't have fresh mint leaves, so I used a combination of dark and mint chocolate. Easy to prepare, even without an ice-cream machine. I churned the ice-cream by hand, whisking every 40 minutes to an hour until the ice-cream was almost frozen. Smooth, creamy texture. Highly recommended.

stelaholder's picture

This ice cream has a real mint flavour, not artificially flavoured like commercial varieties. And much healthier too when eaten in moderation :).
Utterly enjoyed by entire family.

grannytracey's picture

have just made this, using only 1/2 the fresh mint stated, and it tastes completely different to commercially made mint choc chip ... the fresh mint imparts a very different flavour. next time i will use a peppermint extract instead of the fresh mint. i am a little disappointed !

rjs's picture

lovely - delicious real mint flavour

rjs's picture

Lovely - delicious proper mint flavour

gingermut's picture

This was very easy to make (although I do have an ice cream machine). I didn't have the mint and it still turned out tasting fantastic. It tasted like Ben and Jerry's vanilla! Gorgeous! Worth the effort.

mazzyb's picture
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Great!

mazzyb's picture
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Great!

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