You don’t want to miss this recipe for Malted Milk Chocolate Bourbon Ice Cream. It’s a decadent, boozy treat that’s perfect for homemade ice cream lovers.
Who wants some homemade ice cream? I was torn between making chocolate bourbon and chocolate malt, so I decided to throw all three flavors together and see what happened. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Lucky for me, good things happened. Malt has a flavor reminiscent of caramel, and it plays off both the delicate sweetness of the milk chocolate and the charred spiciness of the bourbon.
Alcohol lowers the freeze point of ice cream, creating a softer consistency that’s easy to scoop right out of the freezer. If you want to minimize the bourbon flavor so it’s more of a back note, use 2 tablespoons. If you want a more assertive flavor, use 3 tablespoons.
If you’re not a fan of milk chocolate, you can swap it out for equal amounts of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate. I used baking chips, but you can also purchase bars of baking chocolate and chop them up to use in the ice cream base.
Malted Milk Chocolate Bourbon Ice Cream
- 6 ounces milk chocolate baking chips, see notes
- 8 large egg yolks
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup malted milk powder
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 tablespoons bourbon, see notes
- Place the chocolate baking chips in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and malted milk powder until smooth.
- In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the heavy cream, whole milk and vanilla extract over medium-high heat. When the mixture begins to simmer, turn the heat to low. Ladle about half of the cream into the yolk mixture while whisking (this will prevent the eggs from scrambling). Pour the mixture back into the saucepan, using a heatproof spatula to scrape any remaining egg yolk into the pot. Stir in the bourbon.
- With the heat still on low, stir the mixture until it has thickened slightly and coats the back of the spatula, approximately 3-5 minute. Remove from the heat, and then very slowly pour the hot mixture into the bowl with the chocolate chips, stirring to combine.
- Continue stirring until the chocolate has melted completely and incorporated with the hot liquid.
- To remove any bits of chocolate that didn’t properly dissolve, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl or quart-sized liquid measuring cup. Press plastic wrap directly against the surface of the liquid and place in the refrigerator to chill until very cold, preferably overnight.
- Prepare in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. The ice cream will be soft right out of the machine due to the alcohol. Continue chilling in the freezer for a firmer consistency.
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