Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream



Mint Chocolate Chip is my all time favorite ice cream. This recipe is a basic custard style ice cream, very rich and creamy. You can simply omit the eggs if you prefer a lighter ice cream. If you can't find sugar free chocolate you can make your own easily, I added a recipe for that below. With summer approaching fast, I will be using my ice cream maker more and more. There is nothing better on a hot day than fresh homemade ice cream, Yum! You can use this basic recipe to make any flavor you like, just omit the mint extract and add vanilla with fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate or chopped sugar free candy. What is your favorite ice cream recipe, I would love your feedback!


Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cups low carb milk substitute or half and half (I also use almond milk or coconut milk by Silk)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin (food grade only) to keep it smooth and scoopable
  • 3/4 cup +/- sugar substitute ( I used 2 parts Erythritol and 1 part coconut palm sugar)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp mint extract
  • 4 oz sugar free chocolate shavings or chips

In a medium sauce pan combine the cream and milk substitute or half and half. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat. In a separate bowl combine the eggs with the sweetener and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Measure one cup of the hot liquid and slowly stream into the egg mixture while beating on low speed. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan and stir to combine. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and mix in the vegetable glycerin, mint extract or vanilla, if you choose, and pour into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on top of the custard, that way a skin doesn't form as it cools. Chill in the fridge until no longer hot. The colder the mixture gets the less time it takes to freeze in your machine. When the mixture is cool, pour into your ice cream maker and follow the directions that came with it. When it becomes thick like soft serve it's time to stir in the chocolate shavings or chips. This is also when you would add fruit, nuts or candy if you choose to make another flavor. Transfer to a container with a lid and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours for the flavors to ripen. Enjoy!




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