Given the recent hard work devoted to Croissants& I thought I would treat myself to a new ice cream maker. After all, there have to be good rewards for hard work! My old ice cream maker was ok but would tire before the ice cream was properly churned and frozen, despite having an inbuilt refrigerator. This time I opted for a model where you have to pre-freeze the bowl – this is slightly annoying given our freezer space is usually at a premium and you have to semi-plan to make ice cream. However, if you’ve got the room I don’t see why you couldn’t leave the bowl in the freezer whenever it’s not in use.
So, what was going to be the first flavour put to the test in my new machine? A super easy chocolate recipe which I have adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop. This ice cream is so super simple as it doesn’t require making a custard. Simply heat the cream, add the ingredients, mix, chill and churn. I managed to get this done the day after we got home from hospital with our beautiful little daughter Lucy, it’s that simple! Plus it’s great for anyone with an egg allergy.
Makes approximately 1 litre
405ml cream (35% fat)
50g Dutch-process cocoa powder
pinch of salt
170g dark chocolate, chopped (I use 55% cocoa solids)
405ml full-fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk together cream, cocoa powder, sugar & salt in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and whisk through the chopped chocolate. Once the chocolate has completely melted stir through the milk and vanilla extract. As dark chocolate doesn’t melt as easily as other chocolates with a higher fat content you may need to process it in a food processor to get a super smooth consistency.. Sometimes I need to do this, others I don’t.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can add whatever mix-ins you fancy to the ice cream. Add these in the last 5 minutes of churning. On this occasion I added some milk and white chocolate chunks as well as some chopped roasted almonds.
Want to try a custard based ice cream? Check out my peppermint chic-chip ice cream.
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