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Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream, by Traca

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Posted to Thread #16110 at 1:55 am on Sep 9, 2009

I'm going to a potluck at chez Gluten-Free Girl and couldn't figure out what to make. Ice cream's gluten-free! So I tried a couple new recipes -- David Lebovitz's Chocolate Sorbet with Coconut Milk and this one from Saveur. This is my favorite of the two, which surprises me because I'm not even a big fan of peanut butter. But I'll be making this one again for sure!

I used honey roasted chopped peanuts, added a pinch or two of Kosher salt, and used Trder Joe's roasted, salted natural peanut butter. Would do all the above again.

Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream


This recipe is based on one in Bruce Weinstein's The Ice Cream Book (William Morrow and Company, 1999).

1 cup milk
3⁄4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 cup smooth natural peanut butter
1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup salted, roasted, shelled peanuts, chopped

1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just hot. Meanwhile, beat sugar and eggs together in a medium bowl until thick and pale yellow.

2. Gradually whisk hot milk into egg mixture in bowl, then pour milk–egg mixture into saucepan. Return saucepan to medium-low heat and cook custard, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1⁄2 cup of the peanut butter. Strain custard into a large bowl, let cool briefly, stirring often, then stir in cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold, 6–8 hours.

3. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions, adding 1⁄2 cup of the chopped nuts to the ice cream 30 seconds before it has finished churning.

Transfer to a bowl, quickly swirl in remaining 1⁄2 cup peanut butter, cover, and freeze until hard. Serve ice cream sprinkled with the remaining 1⁄2 cup nuts.

This recipe was first published in Saveur in Issue #86


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