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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fresh Mint Ice Cream - Outdoor Wednesday


          This recipe has been featured on Yahoo! Shine



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Mint has been banished from our slopes and is now under house arrest. We had a bumper crop last year that all but strangled anything it its way. Between spearmint and peppermint our hillside had enough of the herb to supply every green grocer in the county. Now potted in containers, it's hard to remember the havoc caused by the unrestrained exuberance. This beautiful shrub-sized plant is the source of the peppermint used to make the mint ice cream that is my contribution to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. The ice cream recipe comes from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop. I found the recipe at Serious Eats. This is a lovely ice cream. You're gonna love the way it tastes.




Fresh Mint Ice Cream...From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
Pinch of salt
2 cups lightly packed fresh mint leaves
5 large egg yolks

Directions:
1) Warm milk, sugar, 1 cup cream and salt in a small saucepan. Add mint leaves and stir until they're immersed in liquid. Cover, remove from heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
2) Strain mint-infused mixture through a mesh strainer into a medium saucepan (milk will be a lovely shade of emerald). Mine was a pale green, not emerald. Press mint leaves to extract as much flavor as possible, then discard them. Pour remaining 1 cup heavy cream into a large bowl and set the strainer on top.
3) Rewarm mint-infused mixture. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Slowly pour warm mint liquid into egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape warmed egg yolks back into saucepan.
4) Stir mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping bottom as you stir, until mixture thickens and coats spatula. Pour custard through strainer and stir it into cream. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
5) Chill mixture thoroughly in refrigerator. Then freeze it in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Turn into a storage container and freeze until ready to use. Yield: 1 Quart.

87 comments:

Martha said...

Did you go from BLUEberries to green food? I'll have to try the ice cream as soon as my freezer is empty enough to freeze my ice cream container!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

OH, wow! Mint ice cream. How refreshing that sounds, Mary! I wish I had some right now.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Selba said...

I love fresh mint ice cream, it's so refreshing on a hot day!

Bits of Taste said...

Wow! This is so beautiful and I fall in love with the apple green color! You are great!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Mary! Did you say homemade mint ice cream? I think I may kidnap Sheila and head your way! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Hootin' Anni said...

Mint plant? Absolutely beautiful. Lush indeed. [I didn't know it was like a 'ground cover' tho]

And Ice cream? Oh boy....I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!

Penny said...

Love the green theme. Making ice cream is something I have never tried. Must look into it. Your photos are beautiful.

Ning said...

Mint ice cream would surely be lovely! But homemade ice cream is something I have yet to make, as I do not have an ice cream maker :)

oneordinaryday said...

This sounds so positively cool and refreshing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I haven't had much luck making ice cream but that beautiful color of green makes me want to give it another go.

Netts Nook said...

I just love anything mint. But mint ice cream takes the cake. Love the color.

Ginger said...

There you go again MARY!! Incredible photos and a delectable recipe. Your mint ice cream is jumping off the screen and into my hand! It looks so good.

Joycee said...

Lovely, refreshing and oh so One Perfect Bite! Come on over to GrannyMountain to pick up your Awesome Award!
joy c.

Chandy said...

Oooh, I need to get me some mint! My children loves mint ice cream. Yum!

Thanks for sharing your pics!

Happy OW!

My Little Space said...

Mint ice cream always my favourite. I'm sure will try this recipe.

girlichef said...

Sounds divine...and it's pretty to boot! Can't beat fresh mint.

Cathy said...

What a wonderful way to use fresh mint. So refreshing. I planted my mint in pots too, but it split the pots and the roots found their way to nearby soil. Watch carefully, it can be evil.

Maryrose said...

Hi Mary,
Looks delicious and such a pretty color. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Outdoor Wednesday and thanks for stopping by, I enjoyed your visit.
~Maryrose~

ellen b. said...

Oh your pot of mint is so healthy looking. I love mint ice cream. I bet homemade is so good!

Sara said...

Great job! I feel refreshed just looking at that ice cream cone.

Pam said...

So pretty and refreshing. I would never have thought to make mint ice cream.

xinex said...

Wow! This looks realy refreshing and what a pretty color!...Christine

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Mary, oh, goodness, this looks so refreshing! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

stefanie said...

I bet that potted mint smells wonderful, happy OW

Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen said...

Lovely! I made some recently, but used wildflower honey in place of sugar. Mint ice cream is such a treat - so refreshing. And the use of fresh mint gives it a nice, pleasant but subtle grassy flavor.

A Beach House Dreamer said...

What a wonderful treat. Ice creme with fresh herbs!

Robin said...

I have GOT to get myself an ice cream maker. I think the next time someone asks me what I want for my birthday, that's what I'm telling them! By the way, are you in the Portland area? We're thinking of taking a long family weekend there. Any place you think is not to be missed?

lilyng said...

mary

i was given a big bag of mint and you came to the rescue of how to use it up.

thanks

skoots1mom said...

that looks so good...
i want some
thx for coming by
:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That sounds wonderful and looks delicious! Perfect for summer!

Susan

Donna-FFW said...

That looks delicious Mary! Add some mini chocolate chips and my kids would be in Heaven.

The Muse said...

We battled a bit of wild grapevine this year...(too bad there is not a delightful recipe for that! lol)
Mary I think your blog banner is so lush!

Rebekka said...

What a PERFECT idea! My mint is starting to fade...this happened last summer too..

mel said...

Thanks for sharing how to make the mint ice cream. It sounds so yummy and refreashing. Your plant is beautiful too! Happy OW.

Mary said...

Hi Rebekka, I'm so glad you found my site. I hope you'll visit often.

Mary said...

Muse, welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit often.

bj said...

Ummm, this sounds so good, I can't stand it. I love mint in anything. Sure can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much.

Mama said...

Mint ice cream WOW! yours looks so delicious, we have some growing in pots now, it does seem to take over otherwise, love all your green recipes and the blue ones too :-), happy Wednesday, Kathy.

char72 said...

Oh my, now I'm wanting something "minty". I didn't know it could be so prolific. I especially love spearmint. The ice cream looks "delish".
Happy O.W.
Charlotte

flmom said...

I wish I could reach through the computer screen and snatch one of those lovely cones! What a wonderful excuse for growing mint. ;)

Painter's Place said...

It's hot and stormy here today, so it would be nice to have some of that ice cream!

Michelle said...

Mary-Your photos of your food are superb! They make me want to jump right in and devour, I can't wait to try some of them. I have some mint traveling in my garden, my parents used to make mint jelly that we would put on our pork chops that was very good. Not sure where you live, but does potting your mint in a container come back every year like in the garden or to buy it as an annual each year now or bring it inside?

Maria Berg said...

It look very good but It sounds difficult to do.

I have 5 diffrent mints plants in my garde, hopefullt we will try to do this later in the summer when we have holiday.
Thank you for the tips and thank you for stopping by my blog.
Feel free to comment the photo, with the feeling you have when you see them.

/Maria Berg

Debinhawaii said...

Such a pretty color. I have the book and think I will have to try this one--it looks so refreshing!

Mary said...

Michelle it comes back every year. I'm in Oregon and we have very mild growing conditions.

Deb said...

your mint is so pretty....the icecream looks yummy...mint will take over..thank you for stopping by to visit...

Stacey said...

Fresh mint ice cream sounds so refreshing! Yummy. :)

We have planted mint in the ground before with the full intentions of keeping it under control. It can't be done. Pots are the way to go.

Becky K. said...

Mary, that looks simply amazing! My Mom and MIL both have mint. We love to make fresh mint tea but this is another great idea.

anythinggoeshere said...

Look at the color of that ice cream. Pure heaven. Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. We had a mint invasion also, but gooseneck loosestrife beat it into submission. Who knew? xo Joan

Florida Sue said...

This sounds wonderful Mary. I have planted my mints in pots as well. They do have rampant personalities, but we do so enjoy a lovely muddled mint mojito on a warm night. Yes, I shall let the boys enjoy theirs sans mother in the hot tub! I do appreciate your comments.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Yummm, this looks so delicious!

A friend warned me about the way her mint plant ran rampant through the yard, and I planted mine in a pot last year. It was growing like mad this year & I discovered why when I tried to move the pot. The roots grew through the drainage hole & into the ground! I pulled it up & moved the pot, so now it's looking very poorly. Thank goodness I hadn't planted it directly into the ground. ☺ Diane

Shellbelle said...

Oh, mint ice sounds perfect for a hot summer day at the beach!

The Blonde Duck said...

This reminds me of a book I loved as a child where the girl's grandmother would take her out for peppermint ice cream on her birthday.

Natashya said...

I have given over one garden to mint and lemon balm, the two bullies of the herb world.
I love the ice cream, the colour is gorgeous!. The food you create is always so appealing.
Are you in need of a grown daughter? :)

Karen said...

I made some mint ice cream today and when I put it in the ice cream maker, I found it was cracked, so back into the fridge the custard went until I can get a new one, which must be soon! Yours looks very creamy!

the ungourmet said...

I love mint ice cream. I also like mint chocolate chip ice cream!

Cathy said...

How did you know that was my favorite!!! You are just too sweet to make it for me;)!!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I used to have mint in my old garden. I have just the spot picked out in my new yard for my herb patch. I used to put my mint in the ground in there pots so if help keep it at bay.

The ice cream looks yummy!

Thanks for popping over!!!!

I Love new visitors!

Blessings
Robin

Lynda said...

Mint ice cream is so refreshing and so pretty to look at! I love your pictures!

Lynn said...

Yeah, mint will do that! We had it in our back yard two houses ago. Hubby would mow it down and it smelled so good when he did that!

mamapippas said...

Nothing better than fresh herbs !

Hillary said...

I love that this is made straight from the garden! Nice job!

Patty said...

Oh how wonderful! I know what you mean about mint taking over. My mother in law had a lovely flowerbed taken over by lemon balm. It smells great but we learned to keep it to containers too. After reading your post today, I think I *need* a pot of peppermint now, and spearmint too! Thanks for the recipe!!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Mary,
Love to grow mint, but had to learn the hard way to put it in pots, as it overpowered my herb garden one year a very long time ago. lol. This mint ice cream looks simply delicious, thank you for sharing it and for all of your recipes.
Blessings,
Sue

Brenda said...

I've always heard that mint is quite invasive. But I think it gets too hot here for it. Even in the shade in pots buried part way in the dirt, it dies back. And I water daily. That ice cream looks divine.
Brenda

mbkatc230 said...

This sounds just incredible. It really sounds refreshing, and it's so pretty! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Kathy

Screamin' Mama said...

Oh my that looks absolutely delicious! I can almost smell it!

Miller Racing Family said...

Now this is a great post, a wonderful photo and a good recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Delightfully Wed's Weblog said...

Mint ice cream is my youngest daughter's favorite. I've never made it homemade, but will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Appreciate you coming by to see me and leaving kind comments. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

~Debbie

Kathleen said...

Oh wow, that looks wonderful!

Christina Kim said...

How in the world did you get such amazing photos, without the ice cream melting even a smidge?! Amazing!

Mary said...

Christina, we worked with six cones and knew via several dry runs exactly what we wanted to see. We did have drips but that didn't bother me. Ice cream drips. I'm not going for gourmet shots. I want you to look at the food and say I can do that. If it looks nice you're more likely to want to try.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Oh wow. This mint ice-cream is so pretty Mary.

Peter M said...

Mary, I love mint and it's taste with cream. I would only add some chocolate chips...just a little.

raxx a day in the life said...

Just yesterday I was saying to a coworker how much I wanted ice cream, I have bookmarked this post, I simpy must try it!

Your blog is fascinating!

wncmountainliving said...

Great blog - will have to try the recipes. My hubby is a chef so he does most of the cooking...maybe I will try to cook a bit! Thanks for visiting.

noble pig said...

Wow the color and I love mint. This looks fantastic!

Katherinellen said...

Mary,
Sound delicious...I love Ice cream....Beautiful photo....healthy herb...thanks for sharing...Katherinellen

Little Miss Baker said...

This looks DELISH!!! MM your blog is divine :) Thanks for sharing!!

Mariana said...

Just this morning hubby came home from the farm to tell me he discovered a massive patch of mint. And then of course I come here to visit and you had just what I was looking for. Your photo looks splendid.

Holly said...

This looks so refreshing - I love the green hue. I'll have to remember to try this recipe when my mint starts taking over this summer!

Susan said...

Your mint ice cream looks luscious.
Your mint crop sounds amazing. So much mint you have to try to stop it from growing anymore.
The mint in my yard struggles- I thought mint could grow anywhere!
Did you do anything special to make it grow initially. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

sunnymama said...

What a delicious outdoor wednesday post! Thanks for visiting my blog and sorry I'm late getting here to visit. Off to hunt for mint ice-cream now :)

joey said...

Yum ... a keeper refreshing recipe for hot summer days ... thanks :)

Chiot's Run said...

I have tons of mint in the summer, must make this when It's growing again.

Karoline said...

I have a ton of mint contained in a big barrel (learned that lesson from my mother!) so I thought I'd try this recipe. Mine did not turn green at all when I let it steep. I tried leaving it in during the cooking, and it turned just slightly green, although then it mixed with the yellow from the yolks. What kind of mint did you use? Did you crush it first?

Mary said...

Karoline, I used the mint you see in the first picture. I bruised the leaves but did not muddle them. Mine turned only a pale green as I stated in the post. If you make this with spearmint leaves you will get stronger color. I'm sorry to hear you are not getting the color you had hoped for. Blessings...Mary

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