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Black Sesame Ice Cream + Dark Chocolate

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Black Sesame Ice Cream + Dark Chocolate


Makes 1 Quart

  • 1/2 cup black sesame seeds (plus more for garnish) 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Mast Coffee Chocolate

The Prep

  1. Using a dry skillet, toast the black sesame seeds over high heat for approximately 3-5 minutes. When you start to hear a couple of seeds pop, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the toasted seeds until fine, then grind them until they begin to form a paste-like consistency. Add the honey (we used our Wildflower Honey from ILĀ) and a few tablespoons of the heavy cream and continue to grind until paste becomes smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks until they become pale in color.
  4. Combine milk, sugar, sesame paste and salt in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Over medium heat, cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Carefully add a small amount of the milk mixture to the yolks, whisking constantly so as not to curdle the eggs. Continue adding the milk, little by little until all has been incorporated with the yolks.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and cook over medium heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour this into a bowl with the remaining heavy cream and vanilla, whisking to combine fully. Place the mixture in an airtight container to cool in the fridge for up to twelve hours or overnight.
  7. Remove from the refrigerator and churn the ice cream base according to your ice cream machine’s instructions. Return to an airtight container to the freezer to firm the ice cream for a few hours.
  8. To serve, scoop ice cream into bowls and sprinkle with additional black sesame seeds and shavings of dark chocolate. We used Mast Coffee Chocolate and the combination of flavors was absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!
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