A week or two ago I realized I hadn’t made ice cream in a while and decided it was time to break out the ice cream maker again. Fall is coming and I’m sure I’ll be eating less ice cream as the temperature drops around here so I’d like to get a few more recipes in before that happens. This time, I decided to make something for Shane. He loves chocolate and he loves Guinness beer so how could a Guinness-milk chocolate ice cream not be a great idea? I surprised him with this ice cream when he came home from work and he was pretty excited about it. I have to admit that even I was tempted to try some. It smelled sooo good! Unfortunately, I really am not a fan of Guinness so I knew this one wasn’t for me. Shane, however, loved it! He thought it had just the right amount of Guinness flavor, which was good to hear because I was slightly concerned the beer might overpower the chocolate. We’ll definitely be making this again but perhaps not until the temperatures start climbing above 60 regularly….

Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz

7 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup Guinness Stout
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put the chocolate pieces in a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.

Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer over the milk chocolate, then stir until the chocolate is melted. Once the mixture is smooth, whisk in the cream, then the Guinness and vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator and then freezer it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.