SELF-RELIANCE

With so many fine purveyors around, ice cream is one of these things that can easily be outsourced. Making your own ice cream is therefore an entirely needless act of self-reliance. In celebration of all that is needless, Mr. Alpenglow suggests this heady pairing of Earl Grey and Meyer Lemon.

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EARL GREY ICE CREAM 

1 cup whole milk
2 cups excellent heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
6 Earl Grey tea bags
5 free-range egg yolks
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Warm the milk, cream, and sugar in a saucepan until steaming. Remove the heat and add the tea bags. Stir and cover. Let steep for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove tea bags and return to medium heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla until frothy. When the milk is again steaming, add two tablespoons of it to the eggs, whisking quickly. Repeat 2-3 times with more of the milk, then gradually pour the egg/milk mixture into the saucepan and stir constantly (be sure to scrape the bottom) until the mixture thickens to a custard and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into a tray and refrigerate it until it is completely cooled. Pour it into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

MEYER LEMON ICE CREAM 

1 cup whole milk
2 cups excellent heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
4 free-range egg yolks
1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice, strained
finely grated zest of 3 Meyer lemons
pinch of sea salt

Combine the lemon zest, juice, and sugar in a glass bowl and refrigerate for a few hours so the acid dissolves the sugar. Heat the milk in a saucepan until steaming and remove from heat. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and whisk some of the warm milk into the yolks. Pour the egg/milk mixture back into the saucepan and stir constantly until it thickens to a custard and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, pour into a tray, and refrigerate until completely chilled. Then mix the egg custard, heavy cream, and lemon slurry together. Check the taste. If desired, add more lemon juice to make it more tart. Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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