A Recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 1 quart (8 servings)
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Peanut butter fanatics, unite. If you love peanut butter and ice cream, this recipe combines those passions. Try this recipe for peanut butter ice cream. There are no eggs or custards to make -- just your favorite peanut butter in a delicious ice cream. Want to spice up your peanut butter ice cream? There are a few ways to do that:

  • Peanuts on top: Why leave all the peanut goodness to the ice cream? Top it with peanuts and you'll get some crunch on the outside, not to mention an easy identifier for crowds. (Like the Cold Stone method where you fold or chop in nuts? Incorporate them into the ice cream after it is done hardening. Or mix in some whole nuts before you run it in your ice-cream maker.)
  • Peanut butter powder on top: Substitute peanut butter powder instead of the peanut butter in the recipe. Or, top the ice cream with a sprinkle of peanut butter powder for even more flavor.
  • Peanut butter candies on top: Chances are, you're a peanut butter cup fanatic if you like peanut butter. These candies taste delicious on top, and like peanuts can help others identify it as peanut butter ice cream if you are serving it to a crowd.
  • Honey: Take out some of the dairy and sugar, and add some honey. This will give it a complex, sweet taste and improved texture. 
  • Syrups: Yes, they make peanut butter syrup if you just can't get enough peanut butter flavor. You can also make your own with sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, water, and vanilla. Other toppings to try include chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, or fudge syrup.
  • Graham crackers: Love a little cookie crumble but don't want to go with Oreos for some reason? Consider graham crackers on top. Other cookies to crumble: Nutter Butters or Nilla Wafers make interesting choices with different tastes.
  • Other additions: Some other considerations to put into the ice cream or on top: Bananas. Go for something different (though chocolate chips are still awesome) with bananas frozen into the ice cream. Makes for something completely unexpected. What about pretzels on top or frozen in? Basically, anything that you love with peanut butter, you may want to try adding it to the ice cream (except apples, that may be an unwanted taste and texture).

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup light cream (half and half)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon​ vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

How to Make It

  1. Combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Stir them together until the sugar dissolves. You should have a fully incorporated liquid at this point.
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process it for 25 to 30 minutes, or according to the manufacturer's directions.

From here, you can eat the ice cream, or put it into the freezer to harden more.The peanut butter ice cream should keep well in the freezer for about one week.

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