Monday, October 6, 2008

Chocolate Ice Cream

I'm never buying store-bought ice cream again. You may hold me to this.

A month or two ago Brian treated me to a brand new ice cream maker- the kitchen-aid mixer attatchment. I have an unhealthy love affair with my kitchen-aid as is. I would never bake bread without it. But now.... now it gives me ice cream. Proof that it really loves me back.

I made one recipe with it when I first purchased it and, needless to say, it's best to read the directions first. I completely ruined the ice cream. Such a sad day.  Since then I've been a little nervous to bust out the ice cream maker again in fear that I'll screw it up again. But yesterday my desire for all things chocolate out-won my fear of the unknown.

Enter: chocolate ice cream. (Do you hear that? Angels singing?)

Ingredients:

3 cups half-and-half
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (about 1 1/3 cups)
5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vannilla

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the half-and-half until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until smooth and blended.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until blended. Slowly add the chocolate cream, whisking constantly until fully incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the top pan of a double boiler. Set the pan over but not touching simmering water in the bottom pan. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until a finger drawn across the back of the spoon leaves a path, 10 to 12 minutes; do not allow the custard to boil. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve set over a clean bowl and stir in the vanilla. Nestle the bowl in a larger one filled halfway with ice and water. Cool the custard, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze until firm, 3 to 4 hours, before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

Source: Williams-Sonoma

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