Black Walnut Ice Cream

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 1/2 cups

The strong flavor of black walnuts is perfect in this rich ice cream—sprinkle with sea salt for added interest.

Black Walnut Ice Cream 2
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped black walnuts (or English walnuts)

Instructions

  1. Beat egg yolks and sugar with electric mixer until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Combine cream and milk in a medium saucepan; heat over medium-high heat until tiny bubbles form around the edge of pan (about 180F,) stirring often. Add one-third of the hot milk mixture to egg mixture, stirring with a whisk; slowly add mixture back to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
  3. Pour mixture into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, add black walnuts. Serves 9.

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