Wow. Just wow. It was gone before we looked again. It was that good.
This is one of the frozen desserts from our new book À LA MODE: 120 DESSERTS IN 60 PAIRINGS. This one's paired with a Maple-Bacon Walnut Pie. Seriously. You fry up bacon. You put the grease in the crust. You put the bacon in the pie. You eat it with this frozen custard. You get the book here.
But until you do, you eat this frozen custard. You know: like a vanilla malt. But better. Trust us.
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MALT FROZEN CUSTARD
From À LA MODE (St. Martin's, 2016)
Makes about 1 quart
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 2/3 cup malted milk powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
1. Stir the cream, milk, malt, and vanilla in a large saucepan until the powder mostly dissolves and the mixture comes to a slight fizz around the inside perimeter of the pan.
2. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the egg yolks, sugar, and salt (if using) in a large bowl until thick and pale yellow, until wide ribbons can fall off the turned-off beaters, about 4 minutes.
3. Beat about half the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture in a slow, steady steam; then beat this mixture back into the remaining cream mixture in the pan until smooth.
4. Set the pan over low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture can thickly coat the back of a wooden spoon, until the temperature registers 170°F, 4 to 8 minutes.
5. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, covering with plastic wrap once cold.
6. Prepare an ice cream machine.
7. Stir the custard and freeze it in the machine until frozen concoction can mound on the side of a spoon. Serve at once or scoop into a container, seal, and store in the freezer for all of the two minutes it will last.