Homemade corn ice cream is a fabulous late summer treat that few have experienced. It may sound a bit strange however it is a “must do” if you are an ice cream aficionado. It’s time to explore the unusual. Corn ice cream is a summer treat that’s amazing and so easy to make. No need to pay $8 for a scoop as I did recently. That was crazy expensive but that day I just had to have this summer favorite of mine. Be smart. Make your own for a fraction of the cost while having fun doing it.
The only requirement to make great corn ice cream is to
purchase really fresh, flavorful corn. Grocery store corn will not do.
The corn must be fresh. Go to your local farmers market and
get to know the vendors. My Dad’s Sweet Corn is an excellent source at the
Minnetrista Farmers Market in Muncie. Learn who has the very best corn in your area.
That’s what you want to use.
Corn Ice Cream Recipe
Yield: 1 quart
4 ears very fresh corn on the cob
2 cups half and half cream (NOT fat free)
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup granulated sugar
4 each egg yolks
1 tablespoon Meyers’s dark rum (optional, but oh, so good)
1 cup caramel corn ,garnish
1. Cut corn from the cob. Place the corn kernels in a food processor and puree.
2. Put corn puree, cobs, cream, and sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan. Bring to a boil. Gently simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Discard the cobs.
3. Put egg yolks in a small bowl and stir. Set aside.
4. Bring the cream mixture to a boil. Since there is sugar in the cream, it will not scorch but it will run over. Be careful. Remove a bit of the hot cream mixture and mix with the egg yolks to warm them. Add the warmed eggs to the pan with the hot cream mixture. Gently cook stirring constantly until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
5. Remove from the heat and strain. This will remove the corn puree but the corn flavor will remain. Smooth ice cream is best without the small pieces of corn puree. Add rum, if using.
6. Chill mixture.
7. Freeze according to the directions of your ice cream maker.
8. For a fun garnish sprinkle each ice cream serving with a bit of caramel corn. Enjoy the best of summer!