“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” ~ Kinky Friedman
When I was a senior in high school my parents went away for a few days and left me to watch my sisters. It so happened that they were gone over St. Patrick’s Day, and the nice little Jewish girl that I was, I decided it would be fun (err my friends convinced me) to host a St. Patrick’s Day party, complete with green beer and green funnels.
Clearly an amateur, I decided to photograph the party, you know, to document how much fun we were having. A few days later, I had the photos developed (yes, this was before the days of digital cameras and facebook!) and they were INSIDE my school backpack. My parents came back from their trip, and we were all innocently eating dinner together when my mother said “So, did you have fun while we were gone? What did you do?” $HIT! I smell trouble. But I played it cool. “Oh it was fun, I went to Emily’s on Saturday night.” LIE #1
“Oh really,” she said, “I happened to be in the back hall and saw your bag with photos hanging out, so I looked and saw all these great pictures of you with green colored liquid all around our house.”
“That’s strange,” I said “because we were at Emily’s house.” LIE #2
“How funny,” my mom said “because I recognize all the furniture in those photos. Are you telling me that you moved all the furniture to Emily’s house?”
And that’s where it all went wrong.
“We sure did!” I said. LIE #3
Needless to say you can guess how the rest of this unfolded. I was grounded, and pissed off. The thing is, I thought I was being so clever and sneaky, but when you have parents who SNOOP through your stuff (those photos were buried deep within my backpack), it’s hard to get away with anything. This was the house that LIES built!
Anyhow, ever since that fun “party” (there were maybe 10 people, it was hardly a party, OK?), I have always had a soft spot in my heart for St. Patrick’s day.
So, in honor of that wonderful celebration (better late then never!), I present you with Chocolate Stout Ice Cream. Bottoms up!
Chocolate Stout Ice Cream
Adapted from David Lebovitz
1 cup (scant) milk chocolate chips
2 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup Chocolate Stout (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
pinch of salt
Warm one cup half-and-half, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.
While this is heating, whisk together the three egg yolks.
Temper the eggs by pouring the hot milk mixture over the egg yolks, whisking vigorously. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat until 170 degrees F or until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon or wooden spatula.
Pour the chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl and cover with a fine mesh strainer. Pour the egg/milk mixture through the strainer onto the chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Whisk in the remaining 1 cup of half-and-half, then the beer, then the vanilla.
Chill completely in the refrigerator for approximately 2 hours.
Pour the mixture in the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (approximately 20 minutes). Because this recipe contains beer it will be slightly softer and creamier when you scoop it out of the machine. Transfer to a freezer safe container and let harden in the freezer for at least 2 hours before scooping.
The Verdict: The Hubby brought a pint of this concoction to his office and needless to say, they loved it! Two people even ate it for breakfast (be still, my heart!). I don’t personally love beer, but I really liked this ice cream. It has the perfect amount of beer, and because I used chocolate stout, it really enhanced the chocolate ice cream base as well. Bottoms up!