Peanut butter and jelly… this has always been my comfort food. For some people, it’s macaroni and cheese or pasta, or pizza, or any number of dishes, but for me, probably since preschool, it’s been peanut butter and jelly. I ate it constantly as a kid, and I still eat it constantly as an adult. When I was in preschool, I got a sleeping bag that had peanut butter and jelly on it, for heaven’s sake. Apparently, my parents enabled my pb&j habit.
I’ve made all sorts of peanut butter icecream variations, but somehow peanut butter and jelly never occurred to me. I have no clue why, because it’s pretty much the most genius ice cream combination in the world. It tastes like a freakin’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I rest my case.
This is another ice cream recipe that foregoes the traditional egg yolk custard method and instead uses cornstarch to thicken the base. I’m seriously loving this! It’s easier and the base cools down much faster, which enables me to make ice cream, start to finish, in less than a day. Score! I will say that the finished product is a little firmer than the ice cream made with egg yolks, but after letting it sit for a few minutes to soften up, it tastes just as creamy and delicious.
Peanut butter is stirred right into the ice cream base, and once the ice cream is churned, it is layered into a container with your favorite flavor of jam. I’ve always been a grape jelly gal, so I went with grape, but if you love strawberry or any other flavor, use that!
I’m pretty sure that I’ll be 90 years old and still relishing my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches… now I have an ice cream to add to my arsenal!
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter and salt; set aside.
Combine the remaining milk with the heavy cream and sugar in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat & gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Gradually pour into the bowl with the peanut butter and whisk until smooth. Set the bowl in the ice water bath until cool, about 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers directions. Spoon a small layer of jam into a freezer-safe container & lightly spoon a layer of ice cream on top. Continue to alternate layers of jam and ice cream until container is full. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.