I love ice cream with lots of extra goodies. Building on the idea of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, I made my own frosty concoction of chocolate, peanut butter and of course, Stout. The peanut butter comes in a few different textural elements, the nostalgic Resse’s candy we’ve grown up with and a Malted Peanut Cookie Dough, to pay with the chocolate | peanut theme, with also a nod to some Ice Cream Companies that have made ice cream what it is today. If you love chocolate, beer and peanut butter, than this Chocolate Stout Ice Cream, Malted Peanut Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter Cups recipe is for you!
ICE CREAM FACT:
Blending beer and ice cream has endless possibilities for making cold, frosty treats. But in creating these special blends, technique is important and the understanding of food science. Two factors are key when thinking about taste. First, ice cream is cold and it numbs your taste buds, causing the flavors to be suppressed. Second, the fatty cream clogs the taste buds, again turning the flavor down a notch. So, by reducing the beer first and intensifying the beer’s characteristics, plus removing water, the flavor of the final product is enhanced. However, remember to note that when reducing hoppy beer (or other beers with a very high IBU), the bitterness increases because the hop oils do not evaporate and this will impact the overall bitter taste of the ice cream.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the peanut butter, DME, honey, baking soda and salt. Mix together well, then add in chocolate and peanuts, and mix to combine. Divide dough into small half-teaspoon-size balls and place onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat" or parchment paper. Once the tray is filled, place the sheet tray into a freezer and freeze until solid, two hours.
Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Directions:
In a medium-sized pot, over low heat, add the Stout. Bring to a low simmer and reduce by half to two-thirds. Then add the cream, half & half, DME, sugar, cocoa and salt, increasing the heat to medium. Stir to dissolve the sugars, then bring mixture to 180°F | 82°C and remove from heat. In a separate bowl, add egg yolks and whisk for a minute. Whisk in 2 ounces of hot cream mixture to the yolks to temper them. Add another 2 ounces, whisking to prevent cooking the mixture. Pour yolk mixture back into the remaining cream mixture, whisking to incorporate. Bring the heat slowly back up to 165°F | 74°C, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into another bowl to remove any cooked yolk (if any). Chill mixture in either a water bath or refrigerator until the mixture is very cold. The colder the mixture is before it is added to the ice cream machine, the fewer ice crystals will develop, making the texture smoother on the tongue.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the ice cream maker. As the ice cream is freezing, place a metal bowl and spatula into the freezer to chill. Once the ice cream is a soft, semi-frozen consistency, remove from the ice cream machine and place into the chilled bowl. Add in the chopped peanut butter cups and frozen Malted Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, mixing well. Transfer this mixture into a seal-able container and place into the freezer, letting cure to infuse the flavors for at least four hours before consuming.
Once the ice cream is done freezing and the Malted Peanut Cookie Dough and peanut butter cups are swirled in, drizzle some of the cooled butterscotch sauce infused with peanut butter and fold in a few turns to create a ripple. Freeze. Recipe for a Peanut Butter Butter 'Scotch' sauce here
Another way to make an ice cream sandwich is to make a cookie out of the raw dough by adding an egg to the peanut malt cookie dough recipe, mixing in well. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and portion out the dough into tablespoon-size balls. Space them 2 inches apart and bake in a preheated 350°F | 177°C oven for 12 - 14 minutes. Cool completely before adding a scoop of the finished ice cream, then top with a second cookie.
Make a Chocolate Stout Cake, using the ice cream as a filling and frosting it with a malted vanilla ice cream. This makes a killer ice cream cake.