We have an ice cream maker, but we rarely use it. Let me tell you, it’s worth getting that baby out for this recipe, it’s really, really good. I knew I wanted a custard based vanilla ice cream for the base of this kit kat creation, and the one I chose was a real winner, so rich, smooth and creamy. Add in kit kat chunks and you have a little bit of heaven…in a cone.
Kit Kat Ice Cream (adapted from Food Network vanilla)
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 vanilla bean
- 4 Kit Kat bars
1. Place half-and-half and the heavy cream into saucepan, and heat over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally and remove from heat.
2. In mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in colour, then gradually whisk in the sugar. Temper the cream mixture by gradually adding small amounts of the cream, until 1/3 has been added. Pour in the remainder and return the entire mixture to the saucepan. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon -reaching 170 to 175 degrees F.
3. Pour the mixture into a container and cool at room temperature half an hour. Stir in the vanilla, and the inside scraping of the vanilla bean (or omit the vanilla bean and use 2 tsp of vanilla extract). Refrigerate the mixture 4-8 hours until the temperature is 40 degrees F or below.
4. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s direction. Meanwhile, chop the kit kat bars into small pieces. During the last 5 min. in the ice cream maker, add in the chopped kit kat pieces. Enjoy from the ice cream maker as soft serve or freeze 3-4 hours in the freezer for the ice cream to fully harden.
I think this might be my new favourite ice cream. I’m a vanilla girl, and the addition of the kit kat is kind of perfect -not too chocolaty, but a nice little crunch with the delicious little flecks of real vanilla too. My little people also loved it. Using a thermometer takes all the guess work out of the recipe too. Definitely a make-again recipe.
With home made kit kat ice cream, life really is a party.