Sunday, 13 June 2010

Classic Chocolate Ice Cream



When food blogging I am conscious of hyperbole, and try to use it sparingly. On this occasion, I simply cannot restrain myself - this is the best chocolate ice cream ever! It is rich, decadent, and oh so velvety... almost too good to share! I admit, I do hesitate when serving this to guests at home.. I think it's my inner ice cream demon saying "No! It's mine!" To counter the demon's taunts, I make sure I have a stash of this ice cream in the freezer at all times :) Then everyone's happy!

This is an adapted recipe from the instruction booklet that came with my Sunbeam 'Snowy'. In don't usually try recipes that come in appliances' instruction manuals, but I have found these recipes to be very reliable. This makes approx. 1 L and there's no telling how long it will last...

Ingredients
1 cup full cream milk
2 cups double cream
150 g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70% cocoa)
4 egg yolks
130 g caster sugar

Method
1. Stir milk, cream and chocolate in a saucepan over a medium heat until the chocolate melts; increase heat and almost bring to the boil.
2. In a large bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until well combined. The mixture should become creamy and pale in colour, as depicted below.


3. Slowly whisk hot chocolate mixture into yolk mixture until well combined.


4. Place the bowl of a pot of simmering water (water not touching the bowl), and cook over a low heat until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.


5. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool before covering and placing in the fridge to chill for several hours.
6. Churn in ice cream machine for about 30 minutes then transfer to a container and place in the freezer.
7. To serve, transfer to the fridge about 20 minutes prior to serving.


If you don't own an ice cream machine, I would recommend considering getting one. You really can't compare homemade ice cream to the bought stuff... It's superb! Hand on heart, getting an ice cream machine is probably the best $50 I have ever spent. Again, sorry about the hyperbole, but it's true!!!


Ladybird x

22 comments:

  1. Your icecream looks better than the bought stuff! Did the 70% lindt not make it bitter? whenever I use that chocolate in recipes everything turns out with a bitter taste :(

    Rose

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  2. Hi Rose,
    No, not bitter at all. There's enough sugar to balance it out without being too sweet :)

    Ladybird

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  3. It looks pretty straightforward enough - I tell you, I actually find that recipes from manuals are also very reliable. Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. Ooh best ever! Sounds like something that we just have to try! ;)

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  5. It looks delicious too! Chocolate ice cream is my favourtie =] I've never made ice cream before, but this looks really good- I'll have to try this one day! Now I have an ice cream craving......

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  6. Don't be humble : this ice cream just looks perfect!

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  7. My icecream maker sits unused because I never have room in the freezer to freeze the barrel! must get on to that

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  8. I know this sounds silly but I actually just gave my ice-cream maker away! I've never used it (and it was handed to me by someone else too). Now I think I'll have to borrow it back to try this. My partner is a chocolate dessert freak and will only eat Lindt 70% (he won't be having with any of the other flavours). My favourite personally is the orange intense - I wonder how the ice-cream would turn out with a flavoured chocolate?

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  9. Oh no, Sarah! Get it back! I would be very interested to hear how a flavoured chocolate would work out. Do let me know if you try it :)

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