Saturday, January 30, 2010

Perfect Bliss: Malted Milk Ice Cream

I'm afraid I ought to warn you. This is probably NOT the place to be if you're serious about that new year's resolution to lose that last ten pounds.  I could wax apologetic for you, but it wouldn't be genuine.  Cuz I believe with every last ounce of my soul that this ice cream is worth the couple more hours minutes on the elliptical that you'll have to spend sweating it off.
And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I must confess to you that I, Lo, am an absolute FIEND for malted milk powder. I grew up sprinkling the stuff right on my vanilla ice cream. Drinking it mixed into my milk. Heck, I've even eaten it straight from the jar (yeah, it's powdery, but so is cocaine are pixie stix) It's true. I'll settle for a chocolate shake. But, make it a malt (double thick) and I'll be yours forever.

But, even so -- when I sent Peef out to find malted milk balls so that we could make this recipe (yes, I'm working diligently on another blog post entitled "Why My Husband Rocks" -- but that will have to wait, I'm talking about ice cream here), I had ABSOLUTELY no idea that a single ice cream recipe would have such a profound impact on me.

Because I'm not normally a "sweets" person.  I'm a "salty" sortofa gal. My junk food fantasies consist of things like salt & vinegar potato chips, Flamin' Hot Fritos, and loaves of buttery garlic bread. 

I'm also a big veg-head.  But, trust me, right now the vegetable kingdom is virtually dead to me. I could care less about kale. Broccoli. Beets. Brussels sprouts.
Honestly, I may eat nothing else for the remainder of the week.
And you don't have to take our word for it. It also gets Michael Ruhlman's stamp of approval. And Amateur Gourmet, Adam Roberts, even wrote a SONG about it.

Malted Milk Ice Cream
Adapted slightly from: The Perfect Scoop (David Lebovitz)

1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
2/3 cup (150 g) sugar
2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup (90 g) malt powder
6 large egg yolks
2 cups (350 g) malted milk balls, coarsely chopped

Warm the whole milk with the sugar in a medium saucepan. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, vanilla, and malt powder. Set a mesh strainer on top.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a wooden or heatproof plastic spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and whisk it into the malted milk mixture. Stir until cool over an ice bath (or out in the snow, which is what we did here in Wisconsin in January)

Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. As you remove the ice cream from the machine, fold in the chopped malted milk balls.

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  1. Oh my that looks so flippin good. I love a good malted shake, or ice cream. yum. yum. yum.

  2. OH MY GOSH, does that ice cream ever look good! Thank God I can't eat the malted milk powder (gluten cooties), or I'd be all over this recipe. (Although I will admit to doing a quick google search on "gluten-free malted milk balls.") I usually don't care whether I can make and eat your recipes or not, but this one intrigues me. Might have to come up with a modification, but I'll wait until next summer. I really do want to lose that last 5 pounds and it's not easy under the best of circumstances. It's especially not easy when ice cream is involved.

    This blog and your writing are so entertaining, I don't care what the recipes are! Can't wait for your "why my husband rocks" post. :-)

    You both rock! This blog rocks!

  3. bryan is going to make me haul out the ice cream maker after seeing this...

  4. ... I think you may have just killed me. I'm probably never going to stop eating that.

  5. Few things in life are better than Whoppers. Whoppers in ice cream is one of them. :)

  6. You are very very very mean! I love malted milk and malted milk balls. Maybe I'll have some when I lose at least 10 lbs. haha For now, I'll just have to stare and salivate :)

  7. Your ice cream sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. I can taste it already, if not from the great pics, then from your fab descriptions of it! Boy, my to-do list is getting pret-ty, pret-ty unmanageable...

  9. There you go again with the ice cream, and malted milk too, geez it looks wonderful. I need an ice cream maker!!!

  10. kay, i'm officially sold. must. make. asap.

  11. It's never too cold for ice cream. Decadent!

  12. We did a malted milk ice cream too & it is heavenly!

  13. Well, we're both posting David Lebovitz recipes today. Yours is much more sinful though. I haven't tried the malted milk recipe yet but now it's a must! I too grew up in love with malted milk balls, malted milk powder and oh, yes please on the double thick chocolate-malted milk shake! On my way out to get a box of milk balls...

  14. Just the title is enough to warm up (or should it be cool down?) my taste buds.

  15. I seriously have to get a copy of that book. I love making ice cream so much and so many of these recipes sound grest.

    You know what's weird? I'm not a fan of malt in mostthings, but I love Whoppers. I think its the way the malt mixes with chocolate, plus I love the texture. I love sucking the air out of them! ;-)

  16. i was just telling my midwife how all i want to eat until april are cookies and ice cream!!

  17. That good, huh, Lo? It looks really good and I love ice cream. The only thing is I don't like those malt balls and until this year I didn't know that malt wasn't a type of chocolate. I now know better. :)

  18. Yum, bet that would make an excellent milkshake too. Thanks for the recipe.

  19. Oh wow, this really does look good! I have a hard time finding anything malt these days....except malted vinegar!

  20. I love Whoppers. What an awesome way to enjoy them! And man, I haven't had a malted in such a long time. I used to make the best chocolate malteds when I worked at the coffee shop in college. Nommy.

  21. Very very yummy! I simply love those balls…… they are such crunchy munchy’s….. & that piece of icecream is surely yummy with all those yummy ingredients being a part of it…
    Thanks a lot for such delicious sweet recipe.

  22. Just checking out the Foodie Blogroll random blogs of the day.

    Wow...You have just made me so hungry posting this and the funny thing is I don't eat many sweets and almost never do dessert. But I love "whoppers" and malted milk balls.

    Great blog!

  23. I notice you modified the ingredients list, calling for whole milk rather than half-&-half in the first step; the method instructions refer to half-&-half, though.

  24. Thanks, Mary - fixed that!


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