Coolhaus Ice Cream recipes

Coolhaus Ice Cream Book

Coolhaus Ice Cream Book

Plain custard base ice cream from the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book:

(Measurement conversions coming soon!)
Use the freshest eggs available for best results. If possible, refrigerate the base for a full 24 hours— the longer, the better. We like to chill our bases in plastic or stainless-steel pitchers with airtight lids for easy pouring into the ice cream maker after chilling.
Makes about 1 1⁄2 quarts
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar
8 large egg yolks


  1. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine milk, cream, and half of sugar. Set over high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk yolks and remaining sugar until smooth, heavy, and pale yellow — about 30 seconds.
  3. When cream mixture just comes to a boil, whisk, remove from heat, and, in a slow stream, pour half of cream mixture over yolk and sugar mixture, whisking constantly until blended.
  4. Return pan to stovetop over low heat. Whisking constantly, stream yolk-cream mixture back into pan.
  5. With a wooden spoon, continue stirring until mixture registers 165 to 180 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes. Do not heat above 180 degrees, or eggs in base will scramble. Mixture should be slightly thickened and coat back of spoon, with steam rising, but not boiling. (If you blow on the back of the spoon and the mixture ripples, you’ve got the right consistency.)
  6. Pour base into a clean airtight container and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before using.
  7. Use base within 3 to 5 days
Coolhaus‘ Dirty Mint Chip Ice Cream:
Makes about: 1 1⁄2 quarts
1⁄3 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
1⁄2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
Plain Custard Base (above)
1⁄2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (we like Guittard or Ghirardelli)


1. Stir mint leaves, dark brown sugar, and salt into base. Mix well.
2. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Transfer to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
4. Scrape into an airtight storage container. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours before serving.

Recipes reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Coolhaus

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