This four-ingredient beer ice cream may change dessert forever

Beer ice cream
One of the best ways to keep cool this summer is with beer ice cream.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

It’s now easier than ever to find excellent ice cream in Los Angeles. From McConnell’s to Carmela and Salt & Straw, great ice cream is everywhere, and the flavor possibilities are almost endless.

But making ice cream at home can be just as easy — and you can go nuts with the toppings.

For most people, beer plus ice cream equals magic. So we have a recipe for beer ice cream (see below). We recommend using a brown ale or a roasty stout — just make sure you’ve got enough beer in the fridge. Because beer floats made with beer ice cream might actually blow your mind.  



Total time: 20 minutes, plus freezing time | Serves 2 to 4

Note: Adapted from Matt Schreiber, who adapted it from Antoine Westermann at the Restaurant Buerehiesel in Strasbourg, France.

4 egg yolks

1 cup sugar


1 cup beer

1 cup heavy cream

1. in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until they are pale and lemon-colored. Bring the beer and the cream to a simmer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, then slowly pour over the sugar mixture, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over low heat, whisking frequently, until it thickens.

2. Pour through a strainer into a mixing bowl set over ice and whisk until cool. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.

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