Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Recipe: Mint Aero Ice Cream

There is a joke going around that I don't leave London and head down to Kent to see my parents, but just to use my Mother's kitchen. Over the weekend both our cleaner and the postman were told that I had come home just to use her ice cream maker, not caring for my parents at all. If truth be told, that was the primary reason I decided to hop on the train, but getting to enjoy the countryside is something living in London I have learnt to value. The nice kitchen where I could make two stir fries in a real wok, some lemon and white chocolate tartlets and this: the first ice cream flavour I've ever created, but I have been thinking about for a while.
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You see, for my third post in my collaboration with Aero I had originally planned to make a Mint Aero Ice Cream, but I was in London, and Kent seemed far away. So I made something else. In case you're interested, if you melt one big bar of classic Aero, stir in 40g of cornflakes, 25g of mini marshmallows and half a big bag of Mint Aero Bubbles, spoon them out onto some baking parchment and allow them to go solid, you'll be left with some rather wonderful crunchy treats! The problem was, to say that they photographed badly was the understatement of the century, so back it was with my original plan to go to where the ice cream maker was. 
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My Mother has a really fancy Cuisinart ice cream maker my Dad got her for her birthday, but any ice cream maker will do. Another note on the recipe, for a very long time for me Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream was green, and white ice cream with dark chips in simply confused me. However, on account of not being a kid anymore I know to get that green colour you just need to add a tiny bit, I mean just the end of the cocktail stick tiny to your mixture. I think though it is nicer without, where you can see the Aero pieces. 


  • 220ml (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) Whole Milk
  • 150g (5oz) Granulated Sugar 
  • 450ml Double (Whipping for the USA, not the UK) Cream
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 Large Bar Mint Aero


In a medium bowl whisk together the milk and the sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the peppermint extract and the cream. Cover and leave in the fridge to infuse for a couple of hours (I'd say 2-3), or preferably overnight. Churn as per your ice cream makers instructions for about 45 minutes, or until you get a loose but still firm ice cream like texture that holds its shape. Meanwhile, chop the Aero into small pieces, and add them to the ice cream maker in the last 5 minutes of churning. Freeze in a 1 pint tub or small individual tubs. This should keep about a month.



What is your all time favourite ice cream flavour? I can't believe I failed to mention this in my introduction to this post, but mine is actually Mint Chocolate Chip, which is why I had such fun making this! Oh, and for those of you who are following the vote of what is going to be the next new Aero flavour, the winner of the Facebook poll was White Chocolate. It will be hitting stores in March, and I am very excited. When it came to the taste test, though I was #teamStrawberry, it was actually my personal favourite flavour! 

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22 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! I was always a Mint Choc Chip fan as a kid too. It's still up there, but I tend to prefer Toffee and Honeycomb type flavours these days.

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  2. This looks delicious! Mint chocolate ice cream has always been my favourite. I wish I had an ice cream maker :)


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    Christina
    http://thedancegrad.com

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  3. Keep an eye out over the Spring when it starts to get warmer and the Summer, because while for me it is always easier to use an ice cream maker, I do know most people don't have one so I do have plans to develop one or two no churn recipes you don't need one for, too!

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  4. I'm such a Plain Jane when it comes to ice cream, vanilla/milk is my absolute favourite. But I have a soft spot for mint flavour so this is a golden recipe for me! Now it's time to decide if I need homemade icream enough to invest in an ice cream maker or not.

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  5. Well, if you like classic ice cream flavours maybe not, as the reason I love having an ice cream maker (though, I always seem to use my Mothers because it is better!) is so I can experiment with different flavours. However, as I said in below comments I am planning on working on a no churn recipe over the Summer, and that will probably be something basic like vanilla, so keep an eye out for that!

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  6. This looks amazing! Mint Choc Chip is my favourite. Wish I knew someone with an ice-cream maker!

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  7. Awesome! Will keep an eye out for that :)

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  8. Both my daughter and I are huge mint fans --so this would be a real treat. Don't think we have Aero Bars in the US. I'll have to look for them. Of course, I'll bet some thin mint girl scout cookies would work in a pinch -- it's cookie season here!

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  9. When I was living in Los Angeles I used to get Aero at a store that specialised in imported candy, so no you can't really get it at the store. Off the top of my head I can't really think of any mint chocolate flavoured candy bars you could substitute that are better than your idea - yes, crumbled and broken up Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies would be perfect with this ice cream base. Be sure to let me know how you get along with it!

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  10. When I move out, I'm going to miss all of my mom's cooking supplies! It's going to take me yeeears to grow my own collection.
    This ice cream looks delicious! Mint chocolate pairs so well with cold ice cream. Cookie dough has to be my ultimate flavour of ice cream, probably because of my addiction to cookies!


    M.

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  11. I think that ice cream maker is reason enough to head back to Canterbury! This ice cream looks incredible!

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  12. I know! Who needs family when you have ice cream?

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  13. This looks amazingly delicious! Love the sound of that other aero recipe too - mmmm! xx

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  14. wow this looks absolutely delicious! love lisa's idea of thin mint cookies for those of us who live across the pond. is it bad i want this for breakfast?

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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  15. Hey, when I've not had breakfast food in the house I've had homemade chocolate chip cookies. Hey, who says that ice cream CAN'T be breakfast food? Let me know how it turns out if you do try it with the Thin Mints; I now really wish I was back in LA so I could find the girls outside Trader Joe's, grab a box and try it myself!

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  16. This is not entirely related to this post - I'm having a nightmare at the moment, I just want to pin more or less everything that you pin. I just opened up Pinterest and saw something I liked the look of and thought ...please please don't let it be Rachel's coz I'm now at the stage (it feels like) where half the pins are just repinned from you! Anyway, the pin in question was the vodka and grapefruit juice cocktail. I'm going to have to get off there now.
    I'm mad about cocktails and have all the kit (well, the basics) but I tend to just freehand mix - bit lazy really. Actually one of my favourite, ultra easy cocktails, is the Moscow Mule. I'm just thinking about spending some time in my kitchen (now that I'm re-united with it) making up fruit syrups for cocktails - plum, rhubarb, fig, apple, pear..yum yum yum.
    Right. Step away from the Pinterest.

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  17. Oh yes, also, the garnish looks great!

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  18. I'm sorry I spend so much time on Pinterest! I have it on my iPad and I like to do it while I'm watching TV in the evenings so I can still feel productive (?? well, it counts as blogging, right?) and sometimes I also pin in class as I have a really short attention span. When I was a kid I found that if I was also drawing in lessons I actually learnt more, as also doing an activity that did not take up part of my brain where I was paying attention to what was being said, I actually retained more as my mind was not wandering. So, Pinterest on my iPad is the reason I manage to retain a lot of what is said to me in lectures!


    And fruit syrups for cocktails? I need to hear about this - I've never attempted them before, so please keep me posted! I've only ever made infused herbal syrups like lavender sugar syrup before.

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  19. I'm definitely going to try making this next time I fancy some ice cream because Mint choc chip is ultimately the best flavour out there!x

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  20. Just wanted to say that I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it worked brilliantly (I assumed the cream was meant to be added with the sugar and milk!). Great texture, beautifully light ... loved it so much that I made it again this week, but substituted the mint flavourings with orange, great again. Thank you!

    http://ribbonsofmemory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Oh, what a silly mistake of me! I can't believe I missed that. Yes you were right, and I've fixed the recipe now - thanks for pointing that out!


    I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I'm still on my original tub, but once that is finished I think I may have to shelve my White Truffle Oil & Hazelnut Ice Cream plans (don't ask, I got a rather awesome unusual flavours book for Christmas!) and try your Orange Aero version next - what a great adaption.

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