Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was the Tart Noire. It's a basic chocolate tart but I'm still at my parents' place and my mom doesn't have a tart pan. Plus, I'd probably have to eat it all by myself (I know, poor me, right?) because my dad's on a cholesterol busting diet and my mom doesn't like anything that is too rich.

So I bring to you a recipe for something I made some time ago, but never got around to posting - classic chocolate ice cream. I mentioned it when I made the Baby Ruth Ice Cream Pie and now here I am, months later, finally posting the recipe for it. Better late than never, right?

Like many of the recipes in David Lebovitz' The Perfect Scoop, this is another custard based ice cream recipe. The egg yolks really give it a rich, creamy chocolate flavor that keeps you going back for more.  I promise that if you have never made a custard based ice cream before you just have to try it once before you realize how easy it is! Don't let the egg yolks scare you!

Whenever I make this recipe, it usually only lasts about two days in our household because I can't keep my husband out of it! If you're in search of a good chocolate ice cream recipe, look no further - this ice cream is the perfect way to beat the summer heat while satisfying those chocolate cravings :)

Chocolate Ice Cream
from The Perfect Scoop

2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used semisweet chocolate chips)
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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.

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.

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 (170°F on an instant-read thermometer). 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.

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.)


  1. Hmmm - ice cream. Just what we need for these hot summer days. Looks so creamy and delicious.

  2. This looks just perfect! I've been experimenting with ice cream lately, but still haven't made a simple classic chocolate :)


  3. So funny, I made his Milk Chocolate Ice Cream just last night for Corbin. I like yours better because it calls for darker chocolate. Yum.
    Glad you are still enjoying your family. I loved the contest. ! The voting went well and your little princess is beautiful! Truly

  4. simply fantastic. there really isn't much better than plain chocolate ice cream...especially on a warm brownie. too much? nah. :)

  5. Ahh this looks delicious!! I need to get myself that book!

  6. I so have to start making ice cream, your pictures are making me drool!! Great for the summer heat!

  7. I just finished churning DL's Philly style chocolate ice cream, which is my favorite and absolutely awesome! I like the custard one, too, but just try to cut some of the fat without those yolks. And they are not missed with the Philly recipe. HEAVEN! Both are excellent! Yours looks de-lish!

  8. I can't believe I haven't made any ice cream this summer. This is so inspiring! YUM!

  9. I love your ice cream posts!!! YUM