Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream

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.

Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Directions:
1. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan.
2. Grind the sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle (or coffee grinder, etc.).
3. Heat the cream, milk, sugar and sesame seeds in a sauce pan until it almost boils, about 5 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to low.
5. Add one tablespoon of the cream mixture to the egg to temper it.
6. Add the egg to the sauce pan.
7. Cook at low heat until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
8. Chill the mixture in the fridge.
9. Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.

Use the leftover egg whites in:
Coconut Macaroons
Molten Chocolate Cake
Green Tea and White Chocolate Opera Cake
Green Tea Macarons
Strawberry Souffle
Meringues
Dorie's Perfect Party Cake

15 comments:

Rachel said...

I've been hearing a lot about David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop lately--it seems to have quite a good reputation in the food blogging world.

Valli said...

Black sesame seeds would make for an unusual ice cream, but probably one I would enjoy. I would believe it when you say it's good!!!

Big Boys Oven said...

So simple and yet so elegantly crafted. So japanese.

DeborahSW said...

I've never heard of sesame ice cream - sounds adventurous! :)

SteamyKitchen said...

YUM. That will have to be in my recipe box to try.

Great Big Veg Challenge said...

This looks extraordinary - really beautiful. Great idea and I imagine it tastes delicious

Deborah said...

I second the suggestion for The Perfect Scoop. I have it and I love it!!

Cynthia said...

Good one Kevin. Never heard of it before but if you says it tastes good, I'll take your word for it :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Love the ice cream and love the bowl, too. :)

Holler said...

Hi Kevin,

That looks great! Love the plate too! You have a very artistic eye!

I have to back up the others, buy the Lebovitz book! It is the only ice cream book to have!

So far I have made his Pear Sorbet and Blueberry Frozen Yogurt. They were both great, maybe you can give them a go, to get you aquainted with Lebovitz!

He has a blog too!

Nirmala said...

How unusual. You really are on a roll with ice creams.

Kevin said...

I am definitely going to have to take a look at The Perfect Scoop.

Brilynn said...

That ice cream's beautiful! I really like sesame sherbert bubble teas so I'm fairly convinced I would love your ice cream.

Lauren said...

This is so neat! I've never actually heard of black sesame ice cream but now that I have an ice cream maker this is going on my list!

katiem030 said...

Made it last night and I love it! I don't have a mortar and pestle so I put the seeds in the food processor after toasting them, then I added a little of the sugar and cream to help break them up. I also use half-n-half instead of milk and cream. It's so good and so nutty. It tastes exactly like I expected.

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