Jeni's Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream
Jeni's Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream (For all of Jeni's incredible ice cream recipes, buy her book, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home! Your friends and family already thank you.)
Serves: Makes about 1 quart
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk (not light)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  1. Prep: Mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry.
  2. Using a spatula, mix the cream cheese, peanut butter, and salt in a medium metal bowl until smooth.
  3. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  4. Cook: Combine the remaining milk, the cream, coconut milk, sugar, corn syrup, and honey in a 4-quart sauce pan, bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry.
  5. Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring with a heatproof spatula, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  6. Chill: Gradually whish the hot milk mixture into the peanut butter mixture until smooth. Whisk in the toasted coconut and cayenne.
  7. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.
  8. Freeze: Pour the ice cream base into your ice cream freezer and spin until thick and creamy.
  9. Pack the ice cream into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.
We topped the ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and chopped peanuts.
Recipe by Three Many Cooks at