Black sesame ice cream is a sweet, nutty, and unique treat complemented with shards of chocolate studded throughout. You are going to fall in love with its fun color and rich, roasted flavor.
I’ve always been intrigued by black sesame ice cream. For a while I would see pictures on Instagram of large cones of ice cream with this wet cement grey ice thing and think: How freaking cool is that? I wonder how it tastes! There aren’t any places near me that sell funky flavors like black sesame and black sesame isn’t that easy to come by at stores either. Now you can find a bottle here and there are different stores, but they only seem to order small batches at a time because when I go back to buy some, they are sold out already.
Finally, I received this black and toasted sesame mix from Rodelle. And you better believe I spent time actually separating the black sesame seeds from the toasted. Yeah, I’ve been told I am crazy more than a few times as I sat hunched over my kitchen table listening to Memory Palace and swiftly separating my sesame seeds. It was so worth the time and effort though! And to be honest, it’s okay if you get a few toasted sesame seeds in the mix so I wasn’t that meticulous.
It was worth it.
I decided that I would use the Philadelphia-style ice cream (the one I fell in love with after getting Jeni’s Splended Ice Cream cookbook). I didn’t want egg yolks to overtake the flavors of the sesame and thought the cream cheese would add a nice tanginess that would work well with the black sesame. I was right as it turns out. The finished ice cream ends up having a flavor similar to butter pecan, except with the distinct nuttiness of sesame. The chocolate adds a bit of decadence that keeps the sesame from being overwhelming.
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Black Sesame Seed Paste
Black Sesame Ice Cream
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