A twist on a much loved Thanksgiving classic. Instead of sweet potato pie try sweet potato ice cream, this is a variation of a pumpkin ice cream I had a few years ago.
1½ Cups Whole milk
1 Cup dark brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 Egg yolks
1 heaped teaspoon of fresh ginger or ginger paste
½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sweet potato
¾ Cup heavy cream
¼ Cup Brandy
Now set about making the custard
Pour the milk into a saucepan over a medium bring to just below the boil
In a pan bring about 1½ inches of water to a soft boil,
…Put the other half of the sugar into a bowl. I used a stand mixer so that when it comes to pouring in the hot liquid, I have a free hand
Add the yolks to the sugar
Whisk until the mixture turns pale
To this mixture add in the
The ground nutmeg, black pepper
The ginger paste and vanilla extract.
Give these a good mix to incorporate them thoroughly
OK..So back to the milk
Pour through a stainer to remove the cinnamon stick and any lumps. With the mixer on low steadily pour into the egg mixture
Take the mixing bowl and put it on top of the pan containing the softly boiling water. Stir constantly, making sure you get the mixture at the bottom of the bowl.
You want the custard to thicken to the point that it coats the spatula. A good test to check the thickness is to draw your finger across the spatula, if the line holds it shape the custard is thick enough. If not cook it for a few minutes more and check again
Plunge the warm bowl of custard into a a sink filled with cold water, this will stop it from cooking more. Now cover with cling film, make sure it touches the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the fridge for at least a few hours, I usually leave mine overnight.
Last, but not least pour in the brandy. It is tempting to over do it, but if you go crazy with the booze the ice cream wont freeze properly. Stir that in and churn in the ice cream maker or still freeze
Pour into a container and pop in the freezer until needed