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Drunken Dates (Date & Cognac) Ice cream


  • 11.5 oz Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp Cognac
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks and set aside.
  • In a Vitamix (or blender) blend the milk, cream, cognac and dates for about 1 minute until smooth.
  • In a medium pot heat the date mixture with the salt up to 175 F.
  • Whisking constantly, slowly pour about a 1/3 of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture until it has been fully incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture back into saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula, to 170 F.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl sitting on an ice bath.
  • Once the base has cooled downc ompletely, add the vanilla and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Process the mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
If you don’t have cognac you can replace with something like rum or brandy. You can also just omit it completely.
If you’d rather not use eggs, blend all ingredients together, strain and refrigerate before processing in an ice cream maker.
Serving suggestions:
-figs, pomegranate & walnuts
-unsweetened dark chocolate, coconut chips & pecans
-orange, kumquats & almonds
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