Monday, December 24, 2012

Candy Cane Ice Cream

Merry Christmas Eve!  I can't believe how quick Christmas has come up.  At the grocery store, I saw some candy cane ice cream and thought that it would be a great dessert idea for Christmas dinner.  We can't forget dessert!  

The kiddies brought home candy canes from school and other activities.  Usually, we put them on the tree.  Yes, I am one of those moms that do not let their kids eat candy yet.  By all means, we do eat junk food:  chips, cake, cookies, ice cream, pastries, sweets, etc.  I thought that having candy cane ice cream is a nice treat so they can have their Christmas candy canes, but in smaller amounts.  

I used my Mint Oreo Ice Cream as a starting point for my candy cane ice cream.  Instead of Oreo cookie chunks, I used crushed candy canes.  I used a combination of green/red candy canes (raspberry flavoured) and some regular mini ones.  In total, I had 4 Tbsp of finely crushed candy canes.  I had the girls break the candy canes up and put it in a zipped sandwich bag.  I crushed them with the flat side of my meat tenderizer/hammer on a cutting board on the floor.  It was so much fun! 

Candy Cane Ice Cream
makes about 4 cups

4 Tbsp finely crushed candy canes
1/2 cup pasteurized liquid egg (or 2 large eggs)
3/4 cup sugar [Edited to add sugar]
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk (I use organic whole milk)
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.

Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.  Add the peppermint extract blend again. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer's instructions. After the ice cream stiffens, about 2 minutes before it is done, add the crushed candy canes, then continue freezing until the ice cream is ready.

- Adapted from Ben & Jerry's Mint Oreo Ice Cream

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

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