Thursday, July 22, 2010

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bits & A Giveaway!



brownie bit ice cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? It only makes sense, I suppose. It’s the middle of summer. It’s scorching hot pretty much everywhere right now. And, hello, it’s ice cream. Who even needs an excuse to eat some?

With this rich, indulgent, amazing ice cream recipe I bring you… drum roll, please… the very first Laura’s Recipe Collection giveaway!
In honor of summer, of National Ice Cream Month, of my upcoming birthday, of nearly 2 years of blogging and nearly 200 recipes shared I am giving away a copy of the ice cream cookbook to beat all ice cream cookbooks: David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop! But first, the ice cream!

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bits
printable recipe

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
Ingredients:
8 ounces milk chocolate with at least 30% cocoa solids, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
Big pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons Cognac
3/4 cup cocoa nibs or semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
Combine the milk chocolate and heavy cream over a double boiler or a large heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate, stirring often, then remove the bowl from the heat. Set a mesh strainer over the top of the bowl and set aside.

Combine the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and stir until warmed. Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl, then whisk the milk mixture into the egg yolks. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan.

Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the mesh strainer into the bowl of chocolate. Stir in the Cognac until well-mixed. Chill the mixture over an ice bath, then refrigerate until completely cooled.

Churn the ice cream according to ice cream maker instructions. Prior to freezing completely, gently stir in any mix-ins such as brownie bits.

Chewy Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut into small pieces
11/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup hazelnuts, pecans, almonds or walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°.

Line an 8x8 inch square pan with aluminum foil so that it covers the bottoms and the sides of the pan. Using butter or nonstick spray grease the sides and bottom of the pan, then set aside.

Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan, then add in the chocolate and stir until completely melted. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sugar, eggs, then vanilla. Add the flour and salt to the pan and stir vigorously until the batter forms a ball. Blend in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack. Store at room temperature.

Crumble the brownie into small bits and gently fold into the just-churned ice cream.

Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

The scoop on the giveaway

** The giveaway is now closed**
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post answering the question What is your favorite ice cream flavor? by Monday July 26, 11:59pm ET . The winner will be selected by random.org and announced Tuesday morning.

The giveaway is open only to US residents.

A small disclaimer: I purchased this book myself. I have not been given any kind of compensation for this giveaway. I do this purely out of my love for you, dear readers, and my all-consuming love of ice cream :)

32 comments:

  1. Man this ice cream looks fantastic, but what keeps you from eating the brownies before mixing them in lol!

    I am all about the coffee Ice Cream (How about that with the brownies?

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  2. I've always loved a Rocky Road, extra chunky!

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  3. My favorite flavor would have to be cookies and cream!!

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  4. Favorite ice cream? That is a tough question. I like mint chocolate chip, butter pecan, sweet cream with junior mints crushed in, and I love chocolate chip cookie dough.

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  5. My favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry!

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  6. Can't wait to win this book...ideal for this summer. My favorite is strawberry for sure!!!

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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  7. I absolutely love Cookies and Cream.

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  8. This ice cream looks delish! My favorite homemade flavor thus far has been chocolate peanut butter...yum!

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  9. Ooh cool giveaway!

    My favorite is root beer float ice cream!

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  10. My favorite ice cream is black raspberry chip. It is the best Graeter's flavor!

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  11. Coffee!! I love anything coffee, really!

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  12. Thats tough, probably a tie between Butter Pecan and Rum Raisin.

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  13. My fave is haagen dazs chocolate peanut butter. It's heaven in a cup. Seriously. ♥

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  14. Definitely mint chocolate chip... it's refreshing from the mint, the cold of the ice cream and now I am drooling on my computer... mmmm

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  15. I'd have to say overall, cookie dough :)

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  16. I think my favorite has to be the German Chocolate out at Moomer's but Rum Raisin and a good Heath Toffee Crunch are right up there. It's a mood thing...

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  17. Chocolate. Plain and Simple!

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  18. Ooooh, that ice cream looks so yummy, it is like cookies and cream's alter ego!

    I am a purist in a way, I like chocolate, plain and simple.

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  19. That ice cream looks delicious!

    My favorite ice cream is (most of the time) vanilla bean with a good hot fudge topping.

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  21. Mint Chocolate Chip is my fav!

    But this recipe might change my mind. Looks delish.

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  22. Peppermint from Braum's at Christmastime and strawberry cheesecake for the rest of the year. YUM.

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  23. definately cookies and cream. MMMMMMMMM

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  24. Chocolate Marshmallow -- Turkey Hill has the best I can find in a store!

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  25. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, looks yummy!

    My favorite is....Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup! :)

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  26. My most favorite is HD Caramel Cone Crunch (or something like that) but I am far to cheap to buy it very often =)

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  27. Is it sad to admit that I still love bubble gum ice cream to this day? As I have gotten older I don't like the actual gumballs that much but I still love the flavor.

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  28. I have always been a fan of vanilla and chocolate!

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  29. It was so nice to meet you at Maggie's last week! Your dips were delish but I think this ice cream would be better. :) I like Spumoni or chocolate chip. However, most places don't carry straight chocolate chip anymore; they either carry mint chip (which I can do once in a while) or chocolate chip cookie dough (which I usually settle for).

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  31. How much ice cream does this recipe make. I have both 4 and 6 quart freezers and need to know which one to use.

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  32. Hi Ann, it makes around 1 quart, so your smaller freezer would work well.

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