I know I have mentioned this on the blog before, but I will say it again. I was a strange kid. Or at least, I had strange taste buds. For a kid. Looking back, I like to think my non-kid friendly eating habits were a reflection of a more sophisticated palate. I loved chocolate, but as far as things kids are “supposed” to like, that was about it. I didn’t like ketchup, mayonnaise, most sugary cereals, pretty much any candy that wasn’t chocolate, cotton candy, un-cooked marshmallows, cold pizza, McDonald’s cheeseburgers (#chickennuggest4life) or Peeps. I did not like Peeps. Unfortunately for my waistline, as an adult I developed a taste for most of these things. I still am not overly fond of any mayonnaise based salad (should it really be called a salad if it contains mayonnaise?), but I will eat mayonnaise on a sandwich, if it comes that way. I would never seek out most ketchups, but Trader Joe’s ketchup is a different food all together. It is delicious and I could eat in on basically anything. And I’m not really sure what I was thinking on the cereal front because kid cereals are incredible! Although I would never in a million years let a kid actually eat that for breakfast-said the person who has no human children. (Remind me I said that in 5-10 years!).
My sister LOVED Peeps as a kid and, unfortunately for my parents, since I didn’t care for them that meant my sister got a dozen Peeps all to herself every Easter. No wonder she was the “bad one” (just kidding, sort of)-she was high on sugar most of her life! But, like them or not, Peeps are adorable. I knew their adorable-ness would serve as the perfect base for this Easter dessert. Who could resist pastel ice cream topped with an adorable marshmallow bunny or chick? Luckily, this ice cream tastes as delicious as it looks.
Leftover Easter Candy? This is the Perfect Solution!
This is the perfect way to use up that extra package of Peeps going stale on your countertop. An added bonus is that the base of this ice cream is not overly sweet. Therefore, it makes the perfect vessel for all your leftover Easter candy. Just chop it up and use it as a topping, or stir it into the freshly churned ice cream.
- 4 egg yolks
- 1½ cups half and half
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 package (12 pieces) Peeps Marshmallow Candies
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- Optional: Leftover Easter candy, crushed
- In a large, heat-proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks, half and half, and salt.
- Set up an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice then situating a smaller bowl over the ice. Fill the ice bowl with cold water. Place a fine mesh sieve over the top of the smaller, empty bowl.
- Line the bottom of an oven proof saucepan with the Peeps. Place the pan under the broiler to lightly toast the Peeps. Watch them very closely, they will toast quickly. You want them toasted, not burned. You could also use a torch, although I found that it ran out of fuel before my marshmallows were sufficiently toasted.
- Remove the pan from the oven and pour the cream over the top of the Peeps. Stirring constantly, heat over medium heat until the Peeps are completely melted into the cream.
- Remove from heat and very slowly pour the marshmallow cream into the egg yolks. Whisk constantly. You want a thin, steady stream of hot cream. You are trying to very slowly heat the egg yolks without scrambling them.
- Once completely combined, pour the egg yolk-marshmallow mixture back into the saucepan.
- Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until a custard forms. You will know a custard has formed when you can remove your spoon from the mixture, run your finger through the mixture and a trail lingers. This is often described as "coating the back of a spoon."
- Pour the mixture into your prepared ice bath by running it through the fine mesh sieve. This will filter out any egg bits that may have scrambled.
- Cover and chill, then churn according to manufacturer's directions.
- If desired, stir in Easter candy once the ice cream is finished churning.