Table Recipes: White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake Ice Cream

By franco on 4 September, 2008

White Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream

I’m not a fan of white chocolate.

As a matter of preference, I like my chocolate dark. The darker, the better. However, my wife loves the white stuff, most especially the Toblerone version. While browsing an old issue of Bon Appetit, I came across a recipe for a White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake. I was intrigued. I thought to myself that this just might work as an ice cream and besides, I had been looking for a reason to experiment with the ‘other’ chocolate.

White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake Ice Cream
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

  • 8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 20 chocolate sandwich (Oreo) cookies
  • 2 limes, unsprayed

For White Chocolate and Lime Ice Cream

Place a metal bowl with the chopped white chocolate over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Stir constantly until melted and smooth.

In another saucepan, warm the milk, one cup of the cream, salt and sugar. Peel the lime zest into strips with a vegetable peeler directly into the milk mixture. Once warm, take mixture off the heat, cover and steep for one hour.

Place the remaining cream in a bowl and set a strainer over the top.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk mixture and slowly pour into the egg yolks through a mesh strainer, whisking constantly. Discard the captured lime strips. Then, pour the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

Over medium heat, stir the mixture constantly with a wooden spoon. Scrape the bottom of the saucepan as you stir. Once the custard easily coats the back of your spoon, pour itthrough the strainer and into the bowl of cream.

Pour the melted white chocolate into the custard. Stir until combined and cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture in the refrigerator. While waiting, make the cookie crust. Once custard is cool, freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For Chocolate Sandwich Cookie (Oreo) Crust

Line a square baking pan with foil, extending over all sides.

Remove the cream between the chocolate sandwich cookies. Grind the remaining chocolate cookies in food processor or in mortar and grind with a pestle.

Add 2 tablespoons of melted white chocolate and blend until mixture clumps together.

Press the mixture onto the bottom of foil lined pan. Firmly pressing it down with your hands. Chill in refrigerator.

Once the crust firms up remove it from the pan and cut it into two-inch squares.

To Combine

As you remove the freshly churned ice cream from the machine, layer the squares of chocolate cookie crust between layers of ice cream.

Freeze the ice cream for two hours or overnight.

The white chocolate ice cream is velvet-like creamy but a little sweet. But the tangy sour of the lime zest solves that issue, cutting the chocolate’s sweetness and balancing it out. The squares of cookie crust lend a fudgey contrast to the smooth ice cream and the chocolate helps highlight all the flavors.

I’m not a fan of white chocolate. But of some reason, I love this ice cream.





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  • SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 9:42 AM

    ragamuffin girl said...

    not a fan of white too. the darker the better. 85%! but this looks GOOOOOD!

  • SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 2:49 PM

    fran =) said...

    thanks for the recipe!! i am a white chocolate fan too while my boyfriend loves dark choco :) at least we can both satisfy our choco cravings with this one :)

  • SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 10:20 AM

    katrina said...

    Although I much prefer my chocolate dark, there are times when I want white chocolate, and there are combinations that it's perfect for. For instance, with macadamia nuts (like in Mrs. Fields' cookies or Sebastian's ice cream) or with slightly sour or tangy flavors like strawberry or cheese (like in Apt. 1B's White Choc. Cheesecake). So as soon as I saw the title of your post, I knew it would work. But the addition of Oreos is unexpected and intriguing! That is such a genius flavor -- I'm green as a lime with envy of your wife! ;-)

  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 4:00 AM

    lei said...

    I love this too!! :D yummy!

  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 10:23 AM

    Franco said...

    Hi ragamuffin girl. Thanks. Sent a container of this flavor to my in-laws. I'm told it didn't last very long in the freezer. :)

    Hi fran. Your welcome.:)

    Hi katrina. Here is a little factoid. Sadly, my wife only enjoys eating two flavors I make: The first, a raspberry ice cream (which is impossibly expensive to make) and chocolate chip cookie dough (which I find a bore to make). But to her credit, she does have scoop of everything I make. Even the flavors that don't work as planned.

  • NOVEMBER 4, 2009 3:17 PM

    Anonymous said...

    I love the bowl. Where can i get that?