Rosemary’s Baby Ice Cream

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  • ½ cup pine nuts, chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced


  1. In a small dry frying pan over medium heat, sauté the pine nuts until they turn lightly golden in color and start to become fragrant. Pine nuts burn very easily due to their high fat content and are not cheap. In other words, be careful. As soon as the pine nuts are nice and toasty–but not black and burnt–pour them onto a plate to cool and set aside.
  2. Fill a large bowl or pan with ice and water. Place a large, clean bowl in the ice bath and fit the bowl with a fine-mesh strainer.
  3. In a large, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until hot but not boiling.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  5. Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Slowly pour about hail of the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer the yolk mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture and return it to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula and being sure to serape the bottom of the saucepan so it doesn’t scorch, until the liquid begins to steam and you can feel the spatula serape against the bottom of the pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the custard from the heat and immediately pour it through the strainer into the clean bowl you set up in the ice bath. Stir in the pine nuts, olive oil, and rosemary. Let cool, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the custard has totally cooled, cover the bowl tightly and chili in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight. When you are ready to freeze the custard, transfer it to an ice cream maker and spin according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Eat immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, cover, and freeze for up to 1 week.

Source: Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream