Once, long ago, I had a black sesame ice cream at a Japanese restaurant. I really liked it but I could never find it at a grocery store. After getting an ice cream maker it was bound to be one of the first ice creams that I tried to make. I was however, unable to find a recipe for it... I decided to take the basic vanilla ice cream recipe from the instruction book that came with the ice cream maker and modify it to suite. It turned out pretty good. I really like the flavour of black sesame and it goes well as a dessert.
Given that the instruction manual that came with the ice cream maker only has about a dozen recipes in it, I will have to look for a book of ice cream recipes.
Black Sesame Ice Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan.
- Grind the sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle (or coffee grinder, etc.).
- Heat the cream, milk, sugar and sesame seeds in a sauce pan until it almost boils, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Add one tablespoon of the cream mixture to the egg to temper it.
- Add the egg to the sauce pan.
- Cook at low heat until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge.
- Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.