The heat made us do it. Yes, we finally got an ice cream maker! We have the classic Cuisinart ICE-20 and are having a blast experimenting with fun flavors. So far we’ve made Cafe Sua Da (Vietnanamese Iced Coffee), grapefruit, hibiscus, and the object our affection and of this post, mint chip. Mint chip is such a classic ice cream flavor and mint is such a vital herb in Vietnamese cooking, we wanted to find the best method to highlight these ingredients. David Lebovitz has a fantastic recipe for mint chip ice cream but we prefer the flavor of gelatos and decided to adapt his corn starch based Sicilian style egg-less gelato recipe to make our mint chip gelato. Why do such a thing? David Lebovitz states it best: “not using eggs means the flavor’s focused squarely on the pistachio with nothing to distract from those perfect scoops of it. Except your spoon.” We wanted the flavor to squarely focused on mint chip and, oh boy, it sure did!
Mint Chip Gelato
2 cups whole milk (for more richness, you can use 1/2 and 1/2)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1-2 bunches of peppermint, washed, dried, and destemmed
5 oz. dark chocolate (we used 72% cacao)
Make a slurry with about 3-4 tbs of milk and corn starch in a bowl and set aside. Add the remainder of the milk to a sauce pan, mint, salt, and sugar under medium low heat. When mixture starts to bubble, turn off heat and allow mint to steep for about 1 hour. Then pour mixture over a sieve and squeeze out the fluid from mint and discard.
Reheat his mixture under medium low heat. When it begins to bubble, add your mixed slurry and stir making sure there are no clumps. Continue to heat until it thickens..when you can run a line on a back of a spoon without the mixture coming together it should be done. Cool completely (preferably over night) and then add to your ice cream maker, follow it's directions.
Place the container that you plan on storing the ice cream in the freezer.
In the mean time, coarsely chop the chocolate into small pieces and heat over a water bath. When the ice cream maker is done, scribble the melted chocolate onto your cold container--it should freeze almost instantly. Scoop in a layer of ice cream and break up the chocolate. Scribble more chocolate and layer on more ice cream. Continue until done and freeze until firm. Before serving allow to thaw just slightly before scooping