Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Source of Recipe
From "The New Orleans Kitchen" by Justin Devillier
"Rum raisin is a favorite flavor of New Orleans, from tipsy grandmas to little kids. Maybe it's our Caribbean connection and fondness for all things sugarcane. Soaking the raisins in rum overnight ensures they won't freeze into teeth-chipping little pebbles, and makes for a deliciously creamy old-school scoop."
List of Ingredients
◦ 1 cup raisins
◦ 1 cup dark rum
◦ 2 cups whole milk
◦ 1 quart heavy cream
◦ 1 ˝ cups sugar
◦ 12 egg yolks
In a small bowl, soak the raisins in the rum overnight, covered, at room temperature. Drain the raisins and reserve the rum for another use.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the milk and 2 cups of the cream to just below a boil. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until light yellow, smooth ribbons with a bit of froth form.
Whisk the scalding milk mixture into the egg mixture, a few tablespoons at a time, until about 1 cup has been added, and then add the remainder and whisk until the mixture is smooth and well combined. This technique of gradually mixing hot liquid into raw eggs, to slowly increase the temperature of the eggs without cooking them into unappealing scrambled bits, is called tempering. Stir in the remaining 2 cups cream.
Pour the mixture back into the pot, decrease the heat to low, and cook, stirring, until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, stir in the raisins, cover, and refrigerate until completely chilled, 4 to 6 hours.
Pour the chilled base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's directions, until it resembles soft-serve ice cream and is smooth and creamy. Watch to be sure the paddle keeps moving during this process—if it stops, that means the ice cream is too hard. Remove the ice cream from the machine and pack it into a plastic container with a lid, smoothing it out as you go to remove any air bubbles. Freeze for 4 to 6 hours, scoop, and serve. Leftover ice cream will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Makes about 2 quarts