Horlicks Ice Cream (#62)

1 10 2013

When we had a week of surprise sunshine and warm temperatures earlier this month, I had been hopeful that summer would extend right through to the end of September.  But alas, Raincouver is back with a vengeance.  The last few days have seen howling winds and sideways rain.  Welcome, Fall.  It’s officially time to switch from iced coffee in the morning to a warming drink instead.  The last couple of days, I’ve been drinking Horlicks with a shot of espresso.  Hor-what you ask?!

Horlicks is a malt drink mix.  Though it was developed by two English-born brothers in the United States, I tend to think of Horlicks as a “Chinese drink”.  It’s quite popular in Hong Kong, and hence it became a staple in many Chinese immigrant households in Vancouver.  Other kids drank Nestle Quik growing up.  I drank Horlicks.

Horlicks malted milk drink mix

Horlicks malt drink mix.  Delicious and nutritious!

Horlicks is actually quite good for, with 45% of your daily recommended calcium and 10% of your daily iron in each serving.  When mixed into a basic ice cream custard, it makes for an incredibly rich, delectable, and — dare I say — healthy dessert!

Horlicks Ice Cream (makes about 1.25 L)

3/4 cup Horlicks powder
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
3 cups half-and-half cream
Pinch of sea salt

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine Horlicks powder and sugar.
  2. Whisk in the eggs.
  3. Very slowly, whisk in 2 cups of the half-and-half, about half a cup at a time.  Make sure the Horlicks is thoroughly combined with the liquid.  No lumps!!
  4. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (170 degrees F / 77 degrees C).
  5. Remove from heat immediately and add the remaining 1 cup of the half-and-half to stop the cooking.  Place the saucepan into an ice bath to cool the custard rapidly.
  6. Chill overnight in the fridge.
  7. Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and prepare according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  8. Scoop into chilled serving dishes, and if desired, garnish with crushed chocolate malt candy (I used grated 70% chocolate this time).
Horlicks ice cream, malt ice cream

The Official Taster says: “Malty!”

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