Chocolate Peppermint Cream Ice

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If you have a weakness for chocolate peppermint creams, this is the ice cream for you.

Ingredients

  • 175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs (size 1), separated
  • 300 ml (½ pint) double cream
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint essence
  • 1 box (150 g) wafer-thin chocolate afterdinner mints, cut into small pieces
  • Mint leaves to decorate

Method

Put the caster sugar, salt and egg yolks in a bowl and gradually whisk in the cream until well mixed. Stir in the peppermint essence, set the bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring with a wooden spoon for 10—15 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly. Pour into a larger bowl and leave until cold.

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold them gently but thoroughly into the cold custard using a metal spoon. Stir in the pieces of chocolate after-dinner mints.

Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezerproof serving bowl and freeze for several hours. Thirty minutes before serving decorate the top with a few mint leaves and transfer to the refrigerator to soften slightly.

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