Thursday, June 14, 2012

Double Chocolate Ice Cream

We continue to be in an ice-cream phase around here.  I've been making 1-2 types a week!  My most recent attempt was chocolate.  If you ask my 4 year old what her favorite flavor is she will always say "chocolate".  So I had to make some for her.  Of course I needed to try it a few times to make sure it was good, you know because I'm a great mom like that. :)  This ice cream is amazing.  My husband even said it's the best chocolate ice-cream he's ever had.  Oh how I love our new hobby of ice-cream making!!

Double Chocolate Ice Cream from The Perfect Scoop (a book I must get!!)

2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Warm 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining 1 cup cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.
2. Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolk. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
3. Stir the mixture constantly over the medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath (I put it in the refrigerator and stirred it every 5 minutes or so instead).
4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (If the cold mixture is too thick to pour into your machine, whisk it vigorously to thin it out.)
A happy customer.

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