The neighborhood Baskin-Robbins had closed. In my house this qualifies as a full-blown crisis.
It was natural then that one of the first ice creams I would make in my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker would be mint chocolate chip. I wanted this to be the best possible ice cream I could make. Therefore I gravitated toward the recipes using egg yolks. These recipes require a little more work but result in a much richer feeling on the tongue.
This was roll-your-eyes good. My Sweet Lady Wife's words upon first taste were, "Oh this is good!" Here second words - keep in mind she is trying to lose weight - were, "Please don't make this very often."
I served it in my first attempt at making hippenmasse, those edible bowls you see dessert served in. This first attempt did not come out very well. I had trouble spreading the dough thin enough on the cookie sheet. When I get it perfected I will post complete how-to-instructions.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
green food coloring
Beat the egg yolks, sugar, and mint extract togther in a small bowl until smooth and pale yellow. Set aside.
Set aside 1/2 cup milk. Combine the cream and remaining milk in a saucepann heat to not quite a boil. Keep it that way, sirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
Prepare an ice bath by placing ice cubes in a large bowl and adding enough water to cover them. Set aside.
Whisking constantly, pour a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture. Then pour all the egg/cream mixture back into the remaining cream mixture. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until thickened. It should coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk.
Trasfer the mixture to a medium bowl and immerse it in the ice bath. Stire until completely chilled. Stir in the green food coloring a few drops at a time until the mixture reaches the desired color. Chill the mixture for 4 hours.
Place it in the ice cream freezer, turn it on, and get out the spoons.