Ginger Ice Cream

I had my first taste of ginger ice cream in a favorite sushi restaurant a few years ago and have sought to reproduce that intense ginger flavor in my own kitchen. After making gallons of ginger ice cream, I was finely successful. Two forms of ginger, fresh and crystallized, makes this rich smooth ice cream a double treat. Chopped fresh ginger is pureed in a food processor,squeezed through a cheesecloth bag to extract ginger juice which is then added to the cooked custard. Near the end of the freezing process, minced candied ginger goes for added flavor and texture. If you love ginger and ice cream, this is the recipe for you. Ginger ice cream will be a perfect ending to a meal of sushi or any other Asian or grilled meat dish.When shopping for fresh ginger, look for unwrinkled rhizomes with no mold spots. Fresh ginger can keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks wrapped in several layers of paper towel. Crystallized ginger should be firm with a good coating of sugar and not clumped together. Ginger Ice Cream1 cup chopped ginger with peel1/2 cup water2 cups half and half1 cup heavy whipping cream3 egg yolks1 cup sugar1 cup minced crystallized gingerIn a food processor, combine chopped fresh ginger with the water and puree. Line a bowl with a piece of cheesecloth and pour the pureed mixture into it. Gather ends of cheesecloth together and squeeze out as much juice as possible.Whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a small bowl. In a medium saucepan over medium heat,combine the half and half with the whipping cream. Heat until small bubble appear around the edges. Do not boil. Whisk in some of the hot cream into the egg yolk sugar mixture to temper it, then add it to the cream mixture. Cook over medium low to low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, cool slightly and add the ginger juice. Transfer mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until very cold.Pour mixture into an electric ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions. During the last few minutes of processing, add the crystallized ginger. Place in freezer container and freeze for several hours until firm.Makes about a quart. Recipe adapted from “Asian Grilling” by Su-Mei Yu.

5 Comments

  1. Patricia Scarpin
    April 16, 2008 / 1:22 pm

    That is a beautiful photo!

  2. Lina
    April 17, 2008 / 5:21 am

    wow that looks so amazing and fresh!

  3. Anonymous
    April 18, 2008 / 11:51 am

    This sounds wonderful, Lynne 🙂

  4. Alanna
    April 22, 2008 / 2:27 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that your post is featured on BlogHer today! ~ AK

  5. Lynnylu
    April 22, 2008 / 7:24 pm

    Patricia-thanks-I’m happy you like my photo.Lina, the ginger ice cream tastes very fresh with the ginger juice mixed in.Maryann-thanks, it’s a favorite at my house.Alanna, thanks for the mention in BlogHer.

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