Taste Tested: Ice Cream

I scream, you scream…at the OCTA office we’re all screaming for this week’s Taste Tested – ICE CREAM!


“Oh boy, do I ever love ice cream. A�Agatha too. A�In fact, we recently debated who loves it more. A�Testaments included pilgrimages for ice cream in snowstorms, consuming entire quarts in one sitting and all manner of ice cream related puns. A�Suffice to say we’re BIG fans. A�This recipe, straight out of the Humphry Slocombe playbook is the perfect base to keep you cool all summer long.”A�

Ice Cream
Recipe: Ice Cream

For my first batch of the year, I churned up a deconstructed apple crisp using crushed oatmeal cookies and a rhubarb apple compote, generously gifted to OCTA by Chef Thomas from Port RestaurantA�at the Green Living Show. Delicious!


  • 2 cups Ontario heavy cream
  • 1 cup Ontario whole milk
  • 3 Ontario egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Fill a large bowl or pan with ice and water. Put a large, clean bowl in the ice bath and place a fine mesh strainer over the bowl.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pot, combine the milk and cream and cook over medium heat until mixture is hot but not boiling.
  3. While the milk and cream mixture is heating up, whisk egg yolks and cream together in a medium bowl, until well blended.
  4. When the milk and cream mixture is hot, take off the heat.
  5. Slowly add hot milk and cream mixture to the eggs, a bit at a time, whisking constantly. Add about half of the hot mixture this way.
  6. Transfer egg mixture into pot with remaining hot milk and cream mixture and return to medium heat.
  7. Cook mixture, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until it becomes custard-like and thickens, about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove custard from heat and pour through strainer.
  9. Let custard cool completely in ice-water bath, then cover bowl tightly and transfer to the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight. The custard base will keep this way for up to 4 days.
  10. When you are ready (if you weren’t ready before!), transfer mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to machine instructions.
  11. If adding extra treats (say cookies and compote) to your ice cream, put these in during the last few minutes of churning.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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