Black Licorice Homemade Ice Cream

It seems that Las Vegas has gotten the best of me.  We had a great vacay and now I have needed to catch up on my sleep–I do little of that in the city that never sleeps!  But  I have come to realize that the blog world never sleeps either, so never fear, I have a great recipe to share with you that a friend of mine gave me (along with a quart of ice cream) how lucky am I??  If you LOVE black licorice, than you will LOVE this ice cream…
Black Licorice Homemade Ice Cream
2 cups black licorice cut into small pieces
2 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
4 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Ouzo liqueur
In a blender or food processor, add the licorice and milk, chop until it looks like tiny grains of rice.  Beat the eggs until creamy; add sugar and mix.  In a double boiler or heavy sauce pan heat 1 cup of whole milk and 1 cup of half and half until hot.  Watch it closely so that it doesn’t boil.  Remove from heat and very slowly pour a little at a time into the egg and sugar mixture.  Continue to add slowly until all the liquid is incorporated.  Return egg-sugar-milk mixture to the top of the double boiler and heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees or until it coats the back of a spoon.  Remove from the heat and cool in an ice bath.  When the mixture is cold to the touch add the licorice and heavy cream and mix well.  Cool over night then follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker, adding the Ouzo as it turns.
**This is best when served with a crunchy butter cookie or an anise cookie
**Recipe adapted from the Four Seas Ice Cream Shop in Centerville, MA
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6 Responses to “Black Licorice Homemade Ice Cream”

  1. 1
    Julie M. — September 25, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Oh wow! I have never heard of black licorice ice cream before. It sounds like a tasty end of summer treat!

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    Choc Chip Uru — February 24, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    What a unique twist on dessert – fabulous recipe I am a licorice addict 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru
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    Rena Mckenzy — June 23, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    There have been traditions of people ice swimming in the middle of winter on a lake for short stretches, sometimes as part of a Polar Bear Club. Sometimes people taking short swims for thirty seconds or so have felt invigorated afterwards.;.-.

    See you in a bit

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    Allison — July 8, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    Hi Anne,
    I am very excited to try this recipe! I have been looking for a good one for a while. I have one question though on the milk it calls for. Is it actually 2 cups of whole milk needed for the recipe? It calls for 1 cup in the blender with the licorice and then another cup in the double boiler with the half and half. Or do you strain the milk from the licorice? Thanks so much! I apprecaite it!

    • anniebakes replied: — July 9th, 2013 @ 3:20 am

      i hope you enjoy!!

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    Jayme — July 12, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    Annie, Can you please clarify/answer the previous question about he quantity of milk? I’d like to try the recipe this weekend. It sounds wonderful!

    Thank you!

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