Hmm, are you wondering what will be the main ingredient in this batch of ice cream? Nah, we thought not.
As we’d remarked when we made a batch of Grapefruit Sorbet, we got an ice cream maker for Christmas so that we can make all kinds of yummy frozen treats, including, yep, ice cream. We have a real fondness for ice cream, by which we mean good ice cream (we still reminisce about our favorite ice cream stand in New England, and we haven’t lived there for nearly 17 years; ah, that Kimball Farms ice cream was the best, and they had a hose, a hose, as big as a garden hose that hung from the ceiling that dispensed whipped cream. For a dime. See what we mean?).Anyway, let’s see about this Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Ice Cream. The recipe comes from the little book provided with the Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment, but was really called Triple Chocolate Ice cream. It seemed like a good foray into the world of making ice cream, although the instructions were a bit confusing and seemed as if they might result in a sink full of dirty dishes; we modified and clarified, below.
Makes 2 quarts
We’ll fess up. We didn’t use free-range eggs this time. We wanted to, we really did, but events conspired against us. First, the CSA where we get the eggs is closed for the holidays, then we ran out of eggs. We were going to be strong and wait until the CSA reopened, but we couldn’t. Good thing it wasn’t one of our New Year’s resolutions. But we did use really good chocolate, Callibaut 70% cacao. We use a lot of chocolate over the year, but an 11-pound bar is only about $70 online; that’s less than $7 a pound. How can you not buy it?
Procedure in detail:
Separate eggs. Now, I know what you’re thinking, eight egg yolks? Seriously, what am I going to do with the eight egg whites? After all, most, if not all, eggs have both a yolk and a white. Never fear, we’ll show you, in Thursday’s post. (Hint: think about what’s often served with ice cream.) For now, separate the eggs, placing the yolks into the bowl of your stand mixer. Note that we placed 5 whites in one of the containers, and 3 in the other. That’s for Thursday’s post.
Melt chocolate. In a large saucepan (about 3- quart), over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup cream, 2 cups half-and-half, the baking chocolate, and 2 ounces of dark chocolate. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to the barest simmer so the chocolate melts and everything is steamy. We brought ours to 180°F.
Make cocoa sugar. In a small bowl, or large measuring cup, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. For cocoa, we used Valrhona brand, which is a Dutch-processed (read: less bitter) cocoa that’s extremely dark.
Beat yolks and sugar. Place the mixer bowl (containing the yolks) on the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on low for about 30 seconds. Slowly add the cocoa-sugar mixture and continue beating, on low, until well-blended and slightly thickened.
Add hot cream. With the mixer still on low, slowly, very slowly at first, add the hot cream and chocolate mixture. Add too fast, and you might have scrambled egg yolks. Not the best for ice cream — off-putting, even. Once all the hot liquid is added, mix until well blended.
Cook custard. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture — custard, really — thickens, bubbles form around the edge, and everything is steamy. Again, we cooked it to about 180°F.
Stir in cream and more. Remove from the heat, and stir in the 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, the salt, and the vanilla.
Chill. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate to chill for at least 8 hours so it’ll freeze faster when churning.
Churn. Set up your ice cream maker, add the custard, and churn until frozen like a soft serve ice cream, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Add mix-ins. During the last minute or two of churning, add the remaining dark chocolate. Our churning stopped before we expected it, so we just mixed in the chocolate pieces with a rubber spatula. You do what you have to do.
Serve. Spoon some into bowls, then pack the remaining ice cream in an airtight container and freeze for another day.
This is really, really, creamy ice cream with a very chocolatey taste. It’s probably the creamiest ice cream we’ve had in a really long time, and that includes when we get ice cream at places in town that make their own ice cream. The chocolate flavor: it’s not that sweet, chocolate taste of things like milk chocolate, but that rich, dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor, the flavor that true chocoholics crave. This is definitely a five-star ice cream. We think that the only thing that we’d change for future batches would be to make a smaller amount, probably half a batch, for ease of handling.