Walnuts. What do you do with a costco size bag of walnuts? Well, if you're me, you make ice cream of course.
I have been craving a traditional Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, but I wanted to incorporate the walnuts into it as well. There is something so delicious and simple about the combination of sweet cream and bits of dark chocolate. The sweet cream with a hint of vanilla envelopes your mouth and embraces it with a warm flavor, then the pieces of dark chocolate begin to melt and blend in with the cream to create an irresistable combination. Now add in the crunchy and toasty flavor of little walnut pieces and it brings the Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to new heights...along the lines of one of my all-time favorite ice creams Mint-N-Chip...I've named this version Walnut-N-Chip.
This ice cream reminds me of eating chococlate chip walnut cookies. I'm sure this ice cream would go great with at nice hazelnut latte or steamy hot chocolate.
The recipe for this Walnut-N-Chip Ice Cream:
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup of your favorite dark chocolate
In a sauce pan on medium high heat add your milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar and salt. Stir this until it comes to a low boil. Next temper the eggs with the warm cream. Once you have 3/4 of the warm cream tempered, pour it back into the saucepan and bring the ice cream base to a low boil or 170 degrees. Pour the ice cream base in a bowl and place into an ice bath. Add your pure vanilla extract and let the ice cream base cool and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Follow your ice cream maker instructions to make the ice cream. Toast the chopped walnuts so that the oil in the nuts are revived. Let cool. In the mean time, chop the dark chocolate into little pieces so that the are easy to eat. You can leave them chunky if you like to chew on your dark chocolate...I like mine to melt in my mouth. Once the ice cream begins to solidify, add the toasted, chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips. When the ice cream is finished, place the ice cream in the freezer for 4 hours so that it can age. Then enjoy your delicious creation.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'll reply to any comments that you leave.
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I'll see you next week for my Easter Ice Cream post!!