Yes, you read that right. Corn, as in corn on the cob, ice cream.
And no, I’m not a total nutbar (well, maybe). Although, I must admit, I’m not sure I’d make this again. It was over-the-top rich and creamy. As in creamed corn, which I’m not crazy about. It looked gorgeous though, don’t you agree? A lot like my beet ice cream. Pretty on the outside, peculiar on the inside.
corny ice cream
what you need (a sense of culinary adventure)
1 & 1/2 cups whole milk
1 & 1/2 cups half & half
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
3 Large egg yolks
kernels from 2 large ears of corn *
* Remove and discard the husks. Boil the ears for about 10 minutes, remove from water and let cool. Remove the kernels and set aside in a small bowl. Save the corn cobs for later.
what you do (quit while you’re ahead, eat the corn with butter and sea salt and make plain homemade vanilla ice cream)
naah, be brave
Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan. Break the de-corned corn cobs (I don’t know what to call them) in two and carefully drop them into the cream mixture. Bring ingredients to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer lightly for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once the 30 minutes is up, remove pan from heat and remove corn cobs.
Combine the eggs, egg yolks and maple syrup in a medium bowl and beat on low-medium speed for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Scoop out 1 cup of the hot liquid from the milk/cream mixture. With mixer on low speed, add the cup of hot liquid to the egg mixture in a slow steady stream. When thoroughly combined, pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a piece of plastic wrap placed directly on the custard, and chill completely.
Turn on ice cream maker, pour the chilled custard into the freezer bowl per manufacturer’s directions and let mix for 25 minutes until thickened. Add kernels and mix another 5 minutes. Eat or freeze for later.
I’m thinking a drizzle of caramel sauce might be nice on this – caramel corn ice cream. Literally.
Go forth and try new things (but maybe not this)!
P.S. I can’t decide if this is oddly wonderful or just plain weird and slightly unpleasant. I keep tasting it though. Hmmm?