Okay, so I guess this is not technically a “camping” recipe, but it’s a camp inspired recipe. And it is National Ice Cream Month…and National Ice Cream Day is this coming Sunday, so we’ll all just agree that it’s perfect for Camp Week here on The Merrythought. And for those that prefer to enjoy camp-related things from the comfort of your couch and not in the middle of the woods, this post’s for you!
I have to admit, getting this ice cream recipe up here on the blog today has been a challenge. I’m not sure why, but camp week seems to not want to happen for me. My posts just haven’t been coming together. (And no, of course I don’t have anything done ahead…I know I should, but that’s a dream that might happen when all three boys are in school full time. Maybe.) And I’m letting myself get stressed out by silly things such as shooting ice cream! But to be fair, shooting ice cream is a little tough…it’s melting! And it’s deliciousness is just staring me in the face, daring me to just throw my camera aside and dig in. And my assistant is 4. A four year-old cannot hold still while holding an ice cream cone in his hands! And to top it all off, my camera battery died in the middle of the shoot. And all my other camera batteries were dead. Seriously?!?! And my ice cream was melting away! And I still haven’t had a chance to eat more than a handful of grapes and a few licks of melting ice cream. As soon as this post is published, this toasted marshmallow ice cream and I are having some one on one time. Grapes & ice cream are a healthy lunch, right?
This ice cream might just be worth all that trouble though. It is one of my favorite ice creams that I’ve made so far. It is so creamy. And so full of that heavenly fire roasted marshmallow taste! Mike and I actually roasted the marshmallows for this recipe over the fire the other night. Each marshmallow toasted to that perfect golden hue. I think that’s why my ice cream came out a little more brown than I was expecting. Roasting the marshmallows over the fire got them a lot darker than I would have been able to with my kitchen torch. And there’s no way I could do it in my broiler without burning them – my oven is weird and the broiler is the drawer underneath the oven and everything sits about an inch from the flame (it’s a gas oven), with no way of getting it further away. Plus, I wanted the most authentic toasted marshmallow taste I could get, so bonfire it was.
Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
10 oz marshmallows
6 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
Roast marshmallows. We did ours over a fire. You can broil yours in the oven (watch carefully!) or use a kitchen torch. (I highly recommend over a fire if you can – the taste is amazing.)
Place the roasted marshmallows in a blender – set aside. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the egg yolks, set that bowl aside. In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat until very hot, but not boiling. Once the milk is hot, slowly pour about ½ cup of the hot milk into the yolks, whisking constantly, this gently warms the egg yolks (so they don’t become scrambled eggs!). Keep adding the milk slowly, constantly whisking, until you have about ½ of the hot milk mixture stirred into the eggs yolks. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan and heat over medium heat, stirring, until the mixture reaches 165-170ºF. Remove from heat and stir for about 3 minutes to cool the mixture down. Add milk mixture to the blender and blend for about a minute. Let sit for a few minutes, then blend again for another minute. Add in the cold heavy cream and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until very cold – overnight is best. Before churning, whisk mixture well. Churn in your ice cream maker and freeze.
Adapted from Roasting Rambler
Do yourself a favor and go make this ice cream immediately! But be sure to save a little…I have another recipe coming up that uses some of this ice cream in it. That is if I can keep things together and have some posts work out when & how they’re supposed to!