My friend decided to try out a different version of our favorite celery ice cream with candied ginger and rum-plumped raisins. He used a more custard-like ice cream base and made it dairy-free. Lactose-free half-and-half will create a somewhat icier texture than normal, but he reports that it was a hit with his guests!
- You can play around with the proportions of cream and milk, as long as they add up to 3 cups
- You can also cut down on egg yolks for a thinner base, but don’t go below three
The Only Ice Cream Recipe You’ll Ever Need
Adapted from the New York Times
Yield: 1 1/2 pints
For the ice cream base:
- 2 cups heavy cream OR lactose-free half-and-half
- 1 cup whole milk OR lactose-free half-and-half
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3-6 large egg yolks
For the flavoring:
- Flavors from the NYTimes
- For celery ice cream with candied ginger and rum-plumped raisins:
- 1 cup golden OR regular raisins
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons rum
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds, pounded lightly in a mortar with the pestle
- 2-6 tablespoons finely diced candied ginger (depending on how much you like ginger)
If making celery ice cream with candied ginger and rum-plumped raisins, prepare raisins up to 1 month ahead of time:
- Put raisins in heatproof bowl.
- Combine water, rum, and sugar in small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Pour syrup over raisins and let cool to room temperature.
- Refrigerate until chilled. You can store the raisins in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Before use, drain raisins.
The day before making ice cream:
- If necessary, place the canister of your ice cream maker in the freezer.
Make ice cream:
- In a small pot, simmer heavy cream, milk, sugar, and salt (plus celery seeds, if making celery ice cream) until sugar completely dissolves, about 5 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat.
- In a separate bowl, whisk yolks.
- Whisking constantly, slowly whisk about a third of the hot cream mixture into the yolks, then whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot with the cream.
- Return pot to medium-low heat and gently cook until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170ºF on an instant-read thermometer).
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
- Cool mixture to room temperature.
- Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturers’ instructions. Serve directly from the machine for soft serve, or store in freezer until needed. (If making the celery ice cream, pack ice cream into storage container, folding in raisins and ginger as you go.)