earlier in the week, odin and i were enjoying a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and i wondered how it could be possible, after years of posting ice cream recipes, that i’ve never made a batch!
so here’s my first attempt – it uses my tried and true vanilla custard base that i posted with the peaches and cream ice cream recipe which is similar to the new york times’ “master ice cream recipe”. theirs is just slightly less eggy than “mine” ( which is actually straight out of my kitchen aid ice cream maker recipe book ) and will be a little less luscious since it uses whole milk instead of half and half. the recipe for the eggless chocolate chip cookie dough comes from the brown eyed baker’s recipe which was from the ”the cookie dough lover’s cookbook”.
if you love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, then you’ll love this. and if you don’t love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, i don’t think we can’t be friends ( just kidding. sort of. ).
it get’s two very enthusiastic thumbs-up from odin which is all the approval i need.
2 1/2 cups organic valley half-and-half
8 organic valley egg yolks ( or eggs from backyard chickens if you’re lucky to be able to get them )
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups organic valley heavy whipping cream
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8th teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
prepare ice cream base
in a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half-and-half until very hot, but not boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside.
in a mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended and slightly thickened.
very gradually add half-and-half to egg yolks and sugar and mix until blended.
return half-and-half mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy, stirring constantly. do not boil.
transfer half-and-half mixture into large bowl. stir in whipping cream, vanilla and salt.
cover and chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.
prepare cookie dough
combine the butter and both sugars mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the cream, vanilla and salt, and mix for another minute or so, until combined.
scrape the sides of the bowl, then reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing just until incorporated.
using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips. refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
prior to churning the ice cream, create ½-teaspoon to 1 teaspoon-sized balls of cookie dough and put in freezer on parchment-lined baking sheet while starting to churn the ice cream.
churn ice cream
assemble ice cream maker according to directions.
start up ice cream maker and add mixture slowly.
churn for about 20 minutes until thick, soft-serve consistency is reached. add the cookie dough chunks after about 15 minutes of churning.
put in a freezer safe container and store in the freezer.
i came home from work to find two of The Girls in the driveway. at some point the wind blew open the door the fenced in chicken run when nobody was home and even though they have a giant whole fenced in yard to explore these two adventurers will find a way out, over or under the fence. who knows how long they were walking around the neighborhood. this is their “OMG WE’RE BUSTED BY THE GIANT GIVER OF FOOD!!!!!!” face.
a more timid barred rock was, true to character, sitting in the chicken run refusing to even consider the possibility of exploring.
years ago, when we first got chickens and i was unaware of how easily they could get around the fence in the yard and how far they’d roam, i came home to discover a policeman and dog catcher had stopped to round up the flock of chickens that had escaped and were blocking traffic in the street.
the police came back the next day and, more nicely than i would have if it were me, let me know it had better not happen again. i was surprised they didn’t charge me a fee
we’ve been thinking of seeing if odin would wear contacts for sports for awhile and even though his glasses drive him crazy, especially during hockey, he’s been reticent for any number of reasons. i guess a big part is that he’s been wearing glasses since he was a year old so it’s all he’s known. he finally agreed to give them a shot and we got a set right before vacation and i think we might have set a record for shortest time between getting the contacts and ripping a contact ( contact fell on the ground while he was trying to put it in and frida decided she’d come investigate the situation and ripped it with her paw ).
we just got another set after getting back from vacation and he’s been practicing putting them and taking them out. i think after he plays hockey once or twice there will be no going back to glasses at least on the rink. not sure what he’ll decide to do for off ice.
when i look into his eyes, i think of his ROP eye surgery and the the time we thought he had a detached retina and the fact that he really shouldn’t have good depth perception of field of vision ( complications of ROP surgery ) so it’s still pretty amazing to me that he’s getting contacts and playing hockey.
camp is on the eastern tip of washington county, maine which is sometimes called the sunrise county because it claims the west quoddy head, which is the easternmost point in the continental u.s.. so, theoretically the sunrise first hits the shores of the u.s. not far from camp.
and why am i up at sunrise? because we’re starting the 1,600 mile drive back to wisconsin! hope to make at least 1,100 miles today.