How to Make Popcorn Ice Cream

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Introduction: How to Make Popcorn Ice Cream

I don't like popcorn, but I have a serious addiction to this!

Step 1: Make Your Popcorn and Infuse It

I don't like popcorn. Can't stand the stuff, but in this form it's pretty darn good!).

ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • freshly popped corn (unsalted)

Make a big pot of popcorn, and infuse it for an hour or so in a mixture of the milk, cream, and sugar. Once infused, strain as you can - you do not want to waste even a drop!

Step 2: Create Custard, and Churn

Add the egg yolks and whisk.

Put this mix into a saucepan and warm up slowly while mixing until your custard is thick enough to do the spoon test (dip a wooden spoon into the custard and if you can run your finger along the back with it not running it’s ready).

If you over heat it, the eggs with cook and you’ll have scrambled eggs. Don’t do that.

(Side note: it's quite normal to make the custard and then infuse your flavouring into it but I didn't want the warm eggy mixture to stand for an hour, so I infused the milk/cream/sugar mix and made a custard from that.)

Ideally, you want to cool down your infused custard and 'age' it in the fridge and for at least 8 hours - this is so that some of the fat from your cream/milk solution that separated during heating will have time to go back into solution and give you a much creamier ice cream.

Once aged, churn your custard until it's quite thick. You can always pop it in the freezer to firm up more.

This goes really well with salted caramel, and you can read more about it at http://thecuriousgastronomer.co.za/popcorn-ice-cre...

Enjoy!

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    Awesome recipe!!
    Can you tell me a way to make it without the eggs?

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    Thanks Jasara, I think you can use soy lecithin instead of eggs, but I've never tried it. If you make it please let me know how it turns out?

    Wow that sounds amazing? Do you think this method would work with other foods? I'm thinking of making donut flavored ice cream with this technique. Great 'Ible

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    I used to make a coffee and doughnut Icecream I would blend dougnouts and sweet white coffee together and freeze in a icecream machine

    I think that's a great idea, and should work (going to try it next!)

    Then feed the leftovers to your dog, or chickens, or make cereal for someone who doesn't mind the popcorn husks!

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    It never even crossed my mind - brilliant idea! Or even blending it and straining the husks out, and using that pulp in a bread or something?

    Now you're talking! Perhaps a good base for a bread pudding type of custard dish?

    My pleasure! Please let me know how it comes out:)

    This looks interesting.. and you say it's good? I need to make it and find out for myself :)

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    Yup, it's one of the best I've ever made - my wife wants it to be a staple in our freezer :)