Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups

If you do not own and ice cream maker, go straight to the store RIGHT NOW and purchase one! They are only about $50 and make fabulous treats, especially for the summer!

If you like the chocolate and peanut butter combination, you will LOVE this ice cream. I am super picky when it comes to peanut butter ice cream because I believe that most peanut butter ice creams fall short in flavor. They never really taste like peanut butter. But I came across this recipe on a couple of different food blogs, and it is UNREAL! It is so creamy and bursting with peanut butter flavor. In fact, I am eating some of it right now thinking about how incredible it really is! Go give it a try :)

1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/4 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate peanut butter cups (8 to 10 regular-sized PB cups)

1. Make the base: In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to combine peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Add milk and mix on low until sugar is dissolved- a full two minutes. You don't want to be tasting crunches of sugar in your ice cream, so give it a chance to dissolve. Mix in heavy cream and vanilla and beat until well combined and smooth.
2. Process the ice cream: Turn on your ice cream machine, pour the base in the freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 25 minutes. A couple of minutes before you're ready stop the mixing, add in the chopped peanut butter cups. The ice cream will be a soft-serve consistency. You can eat it right away, or freeze to eat later. If you freeze it for later, it will be more ice-cream-scoopable. Let it sit out for a few minutes before you try to scoop it.

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