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Peppermint Ice Cream

Peppermint Ice CreamWhen my kids came to visit for Thanksgiving, Darling Daughter asked if I’d buy some Ben and Jerry’s.

“No,” I said, ” but I’ll make you some ice cream.”

She didn’t do a very good job of hiding her disappointment that there would be no Karamel Sutra or Neapolitan Dynamite in her future, but I was undaunted.  I had tasted what comes out of my ice cream freezer, and she hadn’t.

Several days had gone by before I mentioned the ice cream again, and she (somewhat reluctantly) agreed that I should make some.  After polling the family and getting the usual reply of “Chocolate!” from The Young One and “Coffee Toffee!” from Beloved (those two are fiercely loyal to their favorite flavors of ice cream), Darling Daughter asked for peppermint.

Oh, like I’d turn that down – aside from Bluebell’s Pecan Pralines and Cream (oh, Bluebell, I miss you so!!), peppermint is my very favorite flavor of ice cream, and the fact that you can usually only find it during the holidays makes it all the more special.

This peppermint ice cream will put the stuff you get at the store to shame, and Darling Daughter agreed.  Even The Young One ate it enthusiastically, and that kid doesn’t eat anything enthusiastically.

Don’t have an ice cream maker?  Don’t sweat it – go here for instructions on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

Peppermint Ice Cream

makes about 1 quart

1 cup whole milk

pinch of salt

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

5 large egg yolks

2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract

1/2 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candies

Set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Pour the cream into the smaller bowl and set a strainer over the top of the bowl.

Heat the milk, salt and sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat until very hot, but do not boil.  In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks;  gradually pour some of the hot milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon or heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon or spatula.  Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, add the peppermint extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly.

Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the crushed peppermint candies during the last 2 or 3 minutes of freezing, just long enough to incorporate them throughout the ice cream.


18 comments

Be says:

So DD and I were challenged to find some candy canes for this recipe. There were 75 different flavors – even baby pooh green colored Shrek candy canes, but not a single box of Peppermint candy canes. Only one box of candy canes was red and white and they were Strawberry flavored. What is going on with the world?

Seriously need to make some of this… I love homemade ice cream, there is no substitute. ;)
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Michele says:

JR would love this but I probably shouldn’t be an enabler to his addition. Oh who am I kidding? I’ll eat most of it.
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Erin says:

Yum. Yum. Yum.
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Peppermint is my mom’s favorite and I like it too. When I was a kid we’d have it in cones on the hottest of summer days … all that minty-ness was very refreshing. Now it’s only available (to buy) during the holidays. Add a little hot fudge or chocolate syrup over the top … yum!
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Mary Anne says:

I LOVE peppermint ice cream.
Hmmm… have to go to the grocery store tonight, will need to add whole milk and heavy cream to the list.
I see this in my not too distant future.
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Pseudo says:

Ice cream is one of the things I have never ever tried to make – but this inspires me.
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Your recipe is seriously threatening my HASAY resolve. I’m telling Casey on you. :-)
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Raven says:

Mmmmm I love peppermint ice cream! I also love the candy cane pie at Bakers Square, it’s to die for.

Jenni says:

sounds so good! peppermint ice cream is one of my favorites as well.
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I would personally take homemade ice cream over Ben and Jerry’s, Blue Bunny, Breyer’s, or any of the other any day! :)

We used to have some yearly celebration at my church (back when I went to church, in the Dark Ages) where we fried catfish and ate homemade ice cream. Heck yeah! I don’t remember what it was all about, but that was the best ice cream ever.
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LPC says:

When I was a little girl, my dad would take us to Edy’s Ice Cream. Bought peppermint every time. Don’t think I realized there were any other flavors until I hit the teenage years. Thank you for the memory flash, as I figure anything my memory can still locate is useful…
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rubbish says:

Jeez Jan, is there anything you can’t make? Too cold in Wales for Ice Cream, mental note to come find this page July next year.
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stoneskin says:

I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that in your spare time you drive a little ice-cream truck around…
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Gretchen says:

Jude LOVES it when I make homemade ice cream. Which is seldom, I’m afraid. This sounds excellent.

Oh, btw, made your turkey Mexican Casserole with the leftover Thanksgiving bird, and it was a BIG hit!
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Di says:

Oooh, I hadn’t thought about peppermint ice cream in a long, long time. It’s making my mouth water. What a great recipe for you to have posted for us… Thank you soooo much!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
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Peppermint ice cream? You are my hero!
Is there anything you can’t cook? Does your family know how lucky they are!?!
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The next time I go to the doctor and she wants to know why I haven’t lost the 30lbs she told me to lose, I’m going to show her your picture.
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