Chocolate-Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

makes about 1 quart

1 cup whole milk

3/4 cup  sugar
2 cups heavy cream, divided
pinch of salt
2 cups packed fresh chocolate-mint leaves or mint leaves
5 large egg yolks
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or a combination of both, chopped

In a medium saucepan, warm the milk, sugar, 1 cup heavy cream, salt, and mint.  Once the mixture is hot, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for an hour to infuse the mint flavor. Using a strainer, remove the mint, then press down with a spatula firmly to extract as much mint flavor and color as possible. Discard the mint and keep the infused milk in the saucepan.  Pour the remaining heavy cream into a large bowl and set the strainer over the top; set aside

Re-warm the infused milk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour some of the warm mint mixture into the yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.  Cook the custard, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Immediately strain the mixture into the cream and stir. Place the mixture over an ice bath and cool stirring frequently.  Refrigerate the mixture thoroughly, preferably overnight. Once the mixture is completely cool, freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

While the mixture is freezing, melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pot of simmering water, or in a microwave oven on low power, stirring until smooth. Place a freezer-safe storage container in the freezer to chill. When the ice cream in the machine is ready, drizzle some of the chocolate into the container, then add a layer of the just-churned ice cream to the container. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the ice cream, then quickly stir it in, breaking up the chocolate into smaller pieces. Continue layering the ice cream, drizzling with more chocolate and stirring as you go.  When finished, cover and freeze until firm. Enjoy!

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