Spearmint Ice Cream

This is a good old fashioned mint ice cream. As pure a recipe as I could find. Spearmint Ice Cream.

Spearmint Ice Cream 

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  • 2 cup loosely packed spearmint leaves
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • .75 cup sugar


Prepare an ice-water bath. Cook mint in a small saucepan of boiling water until bright green, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mint to ice water bath. When cool, drain, and squeeze out excess water. Reserve ice-water bath.

Puree mint and milk in a blender until mint is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium saucepan, add cream, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and sugar in a medium bowl.

Gradually whisk â…“ of the cream mixture into the egg mixture, and then pour egg-cream mixture into the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture. Set over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 8 minutes. (Do not let the mixture come to a simmer.)

Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl, pressing on mint to extract liquid. Set bowl in ice-water bath. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours (or up to 1 week)