Monday, March 05, 2012

Oatmeal Stout & Vanilla Malt Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pieces

Written by  Ryan Ranspach
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Oatmeal Stout & Vanilla Malt Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pieces

We wanted to get our Ben & Jerry's on this weekend but with a Michigan beer flair to it. I've really embraced the salty & sweet thing lately, so when I was pondering how to do this recipe, that kinda became the goal. I had some malted milk powder (which always makes ice cream better), some chocolate covered pretzels and some Poet Oatmeal Stout from New Holland Brewing Company. So I figured that if you throw all those together, as Ina would say, "how bad can that be??".
Note* I decreased the amount of sugar I typically use in the cream mixture for this recipe as the malted milk and chocolate covered pretzels add sweetness to the taste.
Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 Cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Cup Poet Oatmeal Stout
  • 3 Tablespoons malted milk powder
  • 1 Cup chocolate covered pretzels, coarsely chopped

Chop pretzels and place in freezer until ready to fold into ice cream. Whisk together all other ingredients except the vanilla and Oatmeal Stout in a medium sauce pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a large bowl, gently mixing in the vanilla, Oatmeal Stout, and malted milk powder. Set bowl in freezer or very cold refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove and pour in stand mixer (ours is a Kenmore, but all KitchenAid attachments fit it). Set at a medium speed and mix for 30 minutes then fold in pretzel pieces (if you add them before putting in the mixer the frozen pieces will collect along the side of the bowl and cause the mixing paddle to come loose) and pour into a freezer-safe container. Let freeze overnight or even up to 24 hours.

I was delighted with how this turned out. Delicious malted  ice cream, a medium hint of the coffee and chocolate notes from the stout and those crunchy pretzel pieces...