One of the best summer treats is ice cream. It comes in an abundance of flavors, and it is so rich and creamy. Unfortunately, it is the middle of winter where I live, but that is definitely no excuse to enjoy a nice cone of ice cream, or soft serve in this case.
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Portland where I had the most amazing ice cream. I got it at Salt and Straw, a well know shop there that is known for their fun flavors. After having olive oil ice cream and sampling a few others, I decided it was time to pull out my KitchenAid ice cream maker and start experimenting!
To keep this short and sweet, let's just say that my first time developing an ice cream recipe ended up pretty well, as I know a few people that really like it. The bits of crunchy pretzels coated in dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the smooth vanilla soft serve. All you need is a few ingredients that most people will have in their refrigerator, an ice cream maker, and a big appetite!
Serves: 4-6 (depends on how much you feel like having!)
Time: Around 1 hour, 20 minutes + additional time to chill in the freezer
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 servings of pretzels, crushed into small pieces (about 45 grams)
- 1 ounce dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tsp coconut oil
In a medium pot, whisk together the whole milk, cream, egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla to combine. Place the pot and the stove, and cook on medium heat for ten minutes, stirring frequently. Do not let the mixture boil over. Let chill in the fridge until cold. In a small bowl, add in the chocolate and coconut oil. Melt in the microwave 30 seconds, stir, and microwave in 15 second increments until melted and smooth. Place in the freezer to harden. Meanwhile, pour the ice cream base into your ice cream maker, and process according to your manufacturers instructions. You are looking for a soft serve consistency. Mine took about 15 minutes. Remove the chocolate pretzels from the freezer, break into pieces, and stir into your ice cream. You can eat it right away, or put it in the freezer in an airtight container to firm up a bit. Store in the freezer, and let soften in the fridge before serving.