Mint ice cream

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10
Mint ice cream
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Dear SOS: I had the most delicious ice cream at a restaurant in Venice named Axe. There were a variety of flavors: mint, ginger, coffee ... and the ice cream tasted exactly like fresh versions of those flavors. I just bought an ice cream maker and would love to know their secret. If I had to pick, I’d like the recipe for the mint ice cream.



Dear Traci: This recipe makes an excellent ice cream base -- luscious and custardy. The fresh mint is steeped in the cream mixture, then strained, making for a smooth ice cream just tinted green. The recipe is from Axe chef-owner Joanna Moore.


Gently whisk the egg yolks. Add three-fourths cup plus 2 teaspoons of the sugar.


In a large saucepan over medium heat, place the remaining sugar, the milk and cream. Stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon, heat just until the liquid is hot, just under a simmer, about 4 minutes.


Add some of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking to temper. Pour the egg mixture into the milk and cream. Add the fresh mint. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard just coats the wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.


Strain the custard, press the mint against the wall of the strainer to extract some of the green color. Let cool over an ice bath. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to instructions. Makes 5 cups.