Back in the beginning of spring I finally broke down and bought an ice cream maker. Of course it sat in the box unopened for a good two months before I finally used it. Why did I wait so long? To be honest, I truly though ice cream making was hard, very hard. Slaving for hours over the stove, stirring till your arm is numb, then chilling, reheating, then chilling again, then churning to finally freezing. That was so not the case. My friend the ice cream expert, Ms. Esi told me ice cream making couldn't be easier (kiss my hips goodbye!). I fell in love with the whole process of making ice cream; I can now make my own ice cream MY WAY. I don't know about you, but I am a stickler for having lots o' junk in my ice cream. I cannot eat boring smooth ice cream without some sort of texture and flavor combo. And my dear friend Ben & Jerry has, over the years, gone way down in the amount of stuff they put in their ice cream. I mean you're lucky if you get a whole smashed up cookie in their ice cream pints. What's up with that? Why all the decrease in stuff in ice cream? Is there a cookie shortage somewhere?
I will say this, ice cream is super hard to photograph! Tips I found out, thanks to my buddy Manggy, is too make sure the bowl the ice cream will be sitting in is kept in the freezer for a while before you put the ice cream in it. And get a good ice cream scoop! I bought one of those cheapy crappy ones at the grocery store and it broke on the third scoop! Which brings me to my photo; this is the only good photo I got as my ice cream scoop broke. I was lucky to get this one photo.
The easiest recipe people I promise! And it really tasted very rich and creamy just like a homemade ice cream should. I started with is Alton Brown's chocolate ice cream. And from there all I did was add in a hint of mint and lots of crushed up Oreo's. Mmm hmm.
So, the recipe is found here Alton Brown. What I did: I used only half the amount of vanilla extract; and before it goes into the fridge to chill that's when I added the peppermint flavoring or peppermint oil (1 tsp); lastly during the last 3 - 5 minutes of churning in the ice cream maker I added about 1 & 1/2 cups of crushed Oreo's. You can add as much or as little as you like.