Scooped: Peanut Butter Honey Ice Cream


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If you dig making ice cream at home, peanut butter is one of your best friends. Especially if you get lazy and don't want to deal much with tempering eggs and making custards but you still want an awesome, ice-free texture every time.

That's because peanut butter is just a big glob of fat, protein, and sugar; three things pretty much guaranteed to make any ice cream smoother and creamier. All the more so in this peanut honey ice cream, which adds a generous slurp of strongly flavored honey to the base, keeping the ice cream plenty smooth. The base takes all of five minutes to make, and it's one of the creamiest I've ever had.

That's a small amount of effort for a deliciously complex scoop that's nutty, floral, and even a little citrusy all at once. It's intense, so keep your scoops on the small side. While I'm happy to douse most of my peanut butter ice creams in hot fudge sauce, this one is best eaten plain.

Be bold with your choice of honey. Go for something dark, interesting, and flavorful like a single variety honey such as blueberry or, one of my favorites, chestnut, where the nutty notes just make good sense. A good robust wildflower honey will also do you right; just stay away from really dark varieties like buckwheat, which have an almost molasses-like flavor that would overpower the peanut butter.

As for the peanut butter, stick to a no-stir butter that's already emulsified. I'm partial to our own Lee Zalben's Peanut Butter & Company peanut butter, which is just as creamy as my childhood Skippy, but with the actual grown up taste of real peanuts.

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