National Dairy Month: Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

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June is National Dairy Month, and that’s great news for ice cream lovers. Making ice cream in the comfort and convenience of your RV is much easier than most travelers assume, and this recipe for the best homemade ice cream can help.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Made at Home

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 3.5-ounce chocolate bar
  • Kosher salt

Preparation instructions:

  1. Thoroughly wash and drain the mint leaves. Bruise the leaves with your hands, so they release some of their oil and soften. Set the mint leaves aside.
  2. Combine the heavy cream, 2 cups whole milk and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat the ingredients over medium/high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove it from the heat entirely.
  3. Add the mint leaves to the warm milk mixture, cover the saucepan and let the mint leaves teep for 25 minutes. Strain out the leaves.
  4. Combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons milk in a small glass. Stir the mixture vigorously to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the mint and milk mixture.
  5. Return the saucepan to the stove and heat until boiling. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute and stir frequently. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir the cream cheese and a pinch of Kosher salt together in a large bowl. Add the hot mixture and whisk until combined. Cover and chill in refrigerator until thoroughly cooled.
  7. While the base is in the refrigerator, chop the chocolate into small pieces. Chill the pieces in the freezer.
  8. Pour the base into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Stir in the chocolate and place in an airtight container to freeze for at least 2 hours.

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