Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream

David Lebovitz is a genius! I am loving his book: The Perfect Scoop. Below is the richest / most delicious chocolate ice cream I have ever tasted. Thank you David – You’re my hero.

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Chocolate Ice Cream

Source: David Lebovitz
Makes about 1 quart of Ice Cream


2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Warm 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining 1 cup cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.

Warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolk. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over the medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula (170°F on an instant-read thermometer). Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (If the cold mixture is too thick to pour into your machine, whisk it vigorously to thin it out.)

I then pour it into an airtight-freezer safe container and freeze until solid.

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One Response to “Chocolate Ice Cream”

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    Sarah — June 27, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Every time you do an ice cream post i end up craving it, and insisting that Ben take me out for ice cream (because I don't think i have the patience to make my own)!

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