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Monday, May 9, 2011

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

I've had a LOT of ice cream in my day, probably more than you think. Did you know my dad used to reward us with ice cream? Score a goal in soccer? ICE CREAM! All-time scoring high in basketball? ICE CREAM! To be honest, I didn't "earn" a whole lot of trips for ice cream. I'm athletic, but my sports skills were average and I would've been better off running cross-country if it were all about the ice cream. Thankfully, I have three incredibly talented siblings and I was frequently able to cash in on their sports feats!

After making this ice cream at home, I don't have to worry about earning ice cream anymore. I can make the good stuff right in my own kitchen! My friend Mike summed it up best when he asks me three times, "did you really make this ice cream?". This stuff tastes like it belongs in a little ice cream shop in Maine (where we discovered LOTS of good ice cream!). It's creamy, rich, and far too good to come from a Cuisinart ice cream maker...except it does!

If you don't have an ice cream maker at your disposal, now might be the time to get one! I have SO many ice creams I plan to try this summer...and yet it's going to be hard not to return to this one again and again!

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

-1 cup whole milk (I used skim!!)
-2 cups heavy whipping cream
-6 egg yolks
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 tbsp vanilla extract
-15 Oreos, roughly chopped

1. In a saucepan, bring milk and cream to just under a boil (bubbles will begin to form around the edges).
2. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks and sugar on medium high. Reduce speed to low and slowly add milk to the egg mixture until well combined (do this step slowly so that the eggs don't cook!).
3. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened. Pour the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Stir in the vanilla, cover, and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
4. Pour the liquid into the ice-cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. When ice cream is finished, stir in chopped Oreos. Freeze ice cream 3-4 additional hours until hardened.