Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

The only time I eat ice cream is during the warm summer months. It's always so appealing to me as a nighttime snack after a particularly hot and humid day. Hubby however, eats it year round and usually has a pint hidden somewhere in the freezer. Or maybe that's his Crown Royal.... but I digress.

I know ice cream is fattening and that the recommended serving size is 1/2 cup (what a joke, right?) but it took making homemade ice cream to get to me see exactly why it is so fattening. As I was pouring four cups of heavy cream and half & half into my sauce pan and gathering eight egg yolks into a bowl, it was difficult to ignore just how much fat goes into a typical, creamy homemade ice cream recipe. Oh I know there are recipes out there that use milk instead of cream, but if I'm going to eat ice cream, it's going to be the real deal or no deal at all. Believe me; this is the real deal. It has melt-in-your-mouth creaminess and just the right amount of chocolate flavor for my taste. I hope you enjoy it too. In moderation, of course.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream (adapted from recipe by Alton Brown)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch process)
3 cups half & half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla

Place the cocoa powder along with 1 cup of the half-and-half into a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine. Add the remaining half-and-half and the heavy cream. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.

In mixing bowl beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually beat in the sugar, occasionally scraping down the beaters and sides of mixing bowl. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding small amounts, until about 1/3 of the cream mixture has been added. Pour in the remainder and return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Add in the pinch of salt and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon and reaches 170 to 175 degrees. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer and into a container and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Cover container and refrigerate for 4-8 hours. (I refrigerated mine overnight.)

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Serve as is for soft serve or freeze for another 3 to 4 hours to allow the ice cream to harden.

19 comments:

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

...very true...but maybe just a small bowl?

Moogie said...

Chocolate! You know that I've got a strange obsession with chocolate. Why do you torment me?

Julie said...

Yum!! Very similar to the vanilla recipe, so I am sure it is delicious!!!

You'd asked about my tomatoes, those are Roma's.

Happy 4th!

Lynda said...

Love chocolate ice cream, and I'm with you. It has to be the real thing. This one is so creamy looking!

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

This is a perfect recipe for the 4th of July cookout. There is nothing better than homemade ice cream. I love it!

Sage said...

Your ice cream looks so good. Don't have a ice cream machine any more so I think I will sent my son your recipe.
Rita

Barbara @moderncomfortfood said...

I'm with your hubby on the merits of ice cream year round. In fact, the best I've eaten to date was from a street vendor in Moscow in January. Brrr. Anyway, back to the subject of your perfect recipe. I love that you've made this the real deal, with no mincing around on calorie counting. I can almost taste it now!

stephchows said...

i'm an all year long ice creamaholic :) do you know if you can do a slow churn variety with a home machine? I love the slow churn stuff! Less fat and tastes just as good!

June said...

Bliss in a bowl and you're right - half a cup is a HUGE joke. This looks fabulous and I want some - NOW!

Sue Sparks said...

I'm with you...the real deal or what's the point? :)
Your photo is so crystal clear I feel like all I need to do is grab a spoon and dig in! I wish:)
Happy 4th of July!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

LOVELY! I love chocolate ice cream. Wish I had some right now to snack on while I read blog posts :)

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Hi again, Mags. Just wanted to let you know that your prize package is on its way!

Happy 4th!

Megan said...

I know this is good with 8 yolks! I think ice cream is one of my all time favorites. I think, cause thats a hard call. I love everything! This looks like my cup of tea, or, should we say, my bowl of cream.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

I love how creamy and yummy this looks! I too love ice cream but I can't eat it anymore and it makes me oh so sad. Its not lactose intolerance (I have no problem with milk and the likes). I just feel really ill even if I eat the recommended serving size. ;) Now I have to be happy with just a spoonful or two.

Pam said...

The ice cream looks delicious and chocolate is the way to go! I will definitely have to get my ice cream maker out and try this! I agree with your hubby and could eat ice cream every day, year round! My waist wouldn't like that though. Hope you're having a wonderful 4th!

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks so smooth and creamy and heavenly delicious!

Sweet and Savory said...

I try not to keep ice cream in the house because, I will buy my favorite flavor and you know who will eat it. Perhaps, all the time, I have been saying how much I wanted an ice cream maker, I really knew better.

Your ice cream would tempt me so keep it far away and I will pretend I am eating it. Oh, Mags, that is delicious.

Leslie said...

Yum! I love chocolate ice cream and this looks perfect for a hot day. I totally agree, if you're going to eat ice cream, eat the good stuff (and a half a cup is ridiculous!) My favorite recipe is Dorie Greenspan's chocolate ganache ice cream but this one looks great, too. You can't go wrong with AB!

Ms. Meanie said...

I can never follow the portion size "rules" about ice cream. It is so dang good! This ice cream looks phenomenal and I am amazed at your photo! I can never photograph ice cream without it melting all over the place!