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Spiced Sweet Potato Ice Cream

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Yields about 1 quart

  • by Brynne Valouch from web-only

Winner of our Create Your Own Ice Cream contest, this southern treat is one we're sure you'll enjoy.

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Table salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the cream with the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Warm the cream mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes.

Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with several inches of ice water. Set a smaller metal bowl (one that holds at least 1-1/2 quarts) in the ice water. Pour the remaining cup of cream into the inner bowl (this helps the custard cool quicker when you pour it in later). Set a fine strainer on top. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl.

In a steady stream, pour half of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.

Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof rubber spatula until the custard thickens slightly (it should be thick enough to coat the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with a finger), 4 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 175° to 180°F at this point. Don’t let the sauce overheat or boil, or it will curdle. Immediately strain the custard into the cold cream in the ice bath. Press firmly on the strainer with the spatula to extract as much flavor as possible.

Cool the custard to below 70°F by stirring it over the ice bath. Stir mashed sweet potato, vanilla extract, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon into the cooled custard.

Refrigerate the custard until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Then freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to an air-tight container, and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 2 weeks.

Photo: Scott Phillips

Made this for our Thanksgiving dinner to go along with the Bourbon-Chocolate Pecan Pie (Oct/Nov "Fine Cooking", pg 53) and they matched up well. I got the idea from a reviewer of the Bacon and Cane Syrup Pecan Pie recipe who said she was going to make it at Thanksgiving to go along with that pie. The taste was very good but it was my first time using a borrowed Cusinart ice cream maker and I probably over-churned the custard as the texture was somewhat grainy. Also, not quite as sweet as I would have expected. But may try it again to see what results from a closer eye on the process.

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