The first episode of the last season (or the first episode of the second half of the last season, if we're being nit-picky about it) aired this past Sunday, and I have to say, it did not disappoint.
I won't give anything away, but...chills.
It gave me chills.
So let's channel everyone's favorite meth cook with the heart of gold, and make some ice cream that will give everyone chills...of happiness!
Jesse is a nice guy. Very misunderstood, depressed, and he's had a hard life. Granted, the meth doesn't help much, but he's got a sweet, vulnerable side. So I decided to make him something that will hopefully cheer him up!
Mmm... Ice cream. Ice cream makes everyone happy, right Jesse?
You will need:
- 3 cups Half-and-half
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 8 whole Large Egg Yolks
- 3 cups Heavy Cream (we use lactose free milk to cut back on some of the dairy, and the consistency comes out fine)
- 1/2 cup Crushed Peppermint Candies OR Chopped Andes Mints
Pour the half and half into a saucepan. Add the sugar, stir to dissolve. Bring to a simmer over low heat.
In a medium bowl crack the eggs (more carefully than Kevin here) and separate the yolks and the whites. Beat the yolks until they're light yellow-ish. Temper the egg yolks by adding a little bit of the warm half-and-half mixture while stirring, until about half of the mixture is in with the yolks. Dump everything back into the saucepan and simmer for 5-7 more minutes or until it thickens.
Pour the mixture through a strainer into a medium bowl, add the heavy cream, and stir to combine. Add the vanilla (and food coloring if you want), then cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
Once it's cool, freeze using an ice cream maker according to its directions. When the cycle is almost complete, add the chopped peppermints and immediately transfer to an air-tight freezer container.
Wait a few hours...and voila! Jesse pink-mint ice cream.
Kevin did end up adding a few drops of red food coloring to the mixture right before he popped it in the fridge, just to make sure it was pink enough.
Another tip is to take it out of the freezer about an hour after putting it in there to stir it up, just to make sure the peppermints are evenly distributed throughout the container. I had to dig at the bottom of ours to get enough shards of candy for the photos, so its probably best to mix them in before it freezes too much.
And if you have leftover cream mixture that didn't fit into the ice cream maker, save it in the fridge. Then, when your freezer bowl has thawed, been cleaned, and refrozen, you can make another batch! Kevin and I crushed up oreos, and added some blue food coloring so that we had some purple cookies and cream. Purple, of course, being Marie's favorite color.
Now if only Jesse wasn't so bummed out about all the shit that has happened to him, he could eat some ice cream and cheer up.
*All photos property of AMC
Recipe adapted from the Pioneer woman