Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream

Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients: 8 ounces very good quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped**
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
2/3-3/4 cup sugar
6-8 egg yolks (how rich do you want it to be?)
dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional, and you can also use almond extract)
Instructions: Place milk and cream in a 3 qt. saucepan and heat until very hot. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk well.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and salt until very thick and light yellow in color. The sugar will have started to dissolve a little.

Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate mixture into the eggs to temper them. Add the remaining chocolate in a slow, steady stream while constantly whisking.

Pour the chocolate custard base back into the saucepan. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, gently heat the custard, being careful not to boil the custard, until it has thickened and reaches 160 degrees F.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve set over a large bowl. Add the vanilla, if using. Let cool to room temperature and then chill until VERY cold–about 3 or 4 hours. Alternatively, cool the custard over an ice bath.

Freeze the custard according to manufacturer directions and place finished ice cream in the freezer to harden for several hours before serving.

It doesn’t last more than a few days in a house full of chocolate lovers–but it will keep for about a month in the freezer.

**Don’t use chocolate chips or the ice cream will be grainy

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3 Comments

  1. These ice cream recipes sound so fantastic!

    This may sound crazy, but since I do science parties for kids and I don’t have an ice cream maker I’m going to totally use your recipes but freeze them with liquid nitrogen. I always have some LN2 left over from making ice cream for the kids at parties and these ice cream recipes are making me drool!

    I totally love your blog…and I live in Manhattan. Hopefully our paths will cross someday!

  2. Thanks for your sweet comment, Kiasa! I’m so intrigued with liquid nitrogen…oh, yes. I would love to have a grown-up science birthday party. I saw a PBS show one time and a chef was using LN2 to freeze all sorts of cool foods.

    Maybe in the fall we could do a blogger meet up somewhere in Manhattan. I know they do those all the time, I have just never been. I love meeting other bloggers!

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