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Prep Time: 10-15 minutes (+ time to cool, churn, and freeze) | Cook Time: 5-10 minutes | Servings: a scant quart
Line a large container with a thick gallon-sized zippered baggie. Set a medium-mesh strainer over it; set aside. Have a large bowl of ice on the counter, ready for adding water.
Make your custard base:
1.Combine milk, cream, honey, 1-1/2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the garlic in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepot. Split the vanilla beans in half lengthwise, then scrape out the seeds and add both the seeds and pods to the pot. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring often. Let foil for 30 seconds or so, then turn off heat and keep warm.
2. Combine egg yolks with remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl and beat until thick and pale, 2-3 minutes. Very gradually beat in the hot milk mixture, dribbling in a very little bit at a time, until it is all added. Be sure to never stop beating, as you don't want the eggs to curdle. I use a hand-mixer to keep everything going quickly, but a whisk and some muscle will work just fine, too.
3. Pour mixture back into the pot. Turn heat to medium-low, and stir the mixture constantly until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (napé).
4. Pour the thickened custard through the strainer and into the baggie that set up earlier. The strainer will hold back any large masses of garlic (don't worry, the flavor is already infused) and the vanilla bean pods (if you haven't already taken them out). Carefully zip the baggie shut, removing excess air.
5. Fill that bowl of ice about 2/3 of the way with cold water, then set the baggie in it (leaving the top, zippered part sticking out). Squish the mixture around to help it cool down quickly. You can let it sit in the water and come back every once in a while, to move it around again. It should be cold after 30 minutes.
Transfer the cold custard to your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. When you hear the machine just starting to stop, add the chunks of chocolate to combine. When it's done churning, it should be the consistency of soft serve. You can eat it like this, or you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container and let freeze until firm, 2 hours or so.