Sunday, July 11, 2010

Heaven in a Bowl

Also known as Peanut Butter Ice Cream.

OMG. WTF. @#$%%^&*!!!

It should probably be a sin to eat this.

My hubs LOOOOOOVES peanut butter....especially peanut butter and chocolate together. I was itching to use my ice cream maker attachment so I decided to surprise him with some homemade peanut butter ice cream.

It was a huge success! There's just nothing else like homemade ice cream....nothing else compares!

I will admit though, the thing that really sold me on this ice cream recipe was that it didn't involve any cooking. A lot of ice cream recipes require you to "cook" the milk or cream, which I hate doing. Perhaps I've had one too many bad experiences with curdled milk. But the point is this recipes is super easy!

First you mix together the ingredients. I thought the recipe said you could use a mixer for this step....

But it turns out it says "blender or food processor". I quickly realized that I chose the wrong option. It just wasn't incorporating the peanut butter very well...mostly it was just breaking the peanut butter into chunks and spewing me with half & half.

So I switched to the blender....

Muuuuuuch better!

Then I chilled the mixture for a few hours in the fridge. I just stuck the whole blender container into the fridge.

Then you follow your ice cream maker's directions for freezing the ice cream. I didn't get any pictures of this step because I was too busy drooling.

Then you enjoy a super soft serving straight out of the ice cream maker....

With Reese's crumbled on top, of course!

If you're not into the super soft ice cream {in which case, you're crazy}, you can then place it all into an airtight container and freeze for a few hours to firm it up.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Seen on Annie's Eats

¾ cup creamy peanut butter
¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
2 2/3 cups half-and-half {I only had 2 cups of half & half so I supplemented with 2/3 cup of 1% turned out fine!}
Pinch of coarse salt
Dash of vanilla extract
1 heaping cup mini Reese’s cups, wrappers removed, frozen and chopped (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients (minus the candy) in a blender or food processor; and puree until completely smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator {for at least 2-3 hours}. When the mixture is chilled through, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To mix in the Reese’s, transfer the ice cream to a storage container and gently fold in the peanut butter cup pieces until evenly distributed. {We just crumbled Reese's on top when serving}

Source: adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz


  1. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination ever. This ice cream looks to die for!

  2. I really need an ice cream maker. Like, yesterday.


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