THE BEST CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

I made this as chocolate flan, and was it ever luscious! I used unsweetened chocolate, so it ended up being a bittersweet custard that contrasted nicely with the caramel.

It was a little soft-textured, though, so next time I think I’ll use one whole egg and two yolks so that the flans will hold their shape better once they’re unmolded. Perfect chocolate flavor.


THE BEST CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
pinch salt
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted & cooled (I used Ghirardelli 60%)

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Pre-freeze your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl at least 24 hours ahead!
  • In a large, heavy-gauge saucepan whisk together the milk, cream, half the sugar, vanilla and salt. Place over medium heat and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining ½ cup sugar. Whisk until mixture is thick and a pale yellow. Whisk in chocolate. Mixture will be thick!
  • Temper the Egg Yolks: Add ¼ cup of the boiling cream mixture slowly to the egg mixture while constantly whisking. Once that has been incorporated, add another ½ cup of the cream mixture in a steady stream while whisking. Add the egg yolk mixture to the sauce pan with the remaining cream mixture. Whisk constantly while pouring the chocolate mixture into the remaining cream; you don’t want burnt chocolate! Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and it coats the back of the spoon. This took approximately 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
  • Pour into a large bowl, let cool several hours at room temperature or you could use an ice bath to speed it up, cover and refrigerate at least 5 hours or until cold. Overnight is best. The mixture will be thick like pudding.
  • Place your container to hold the ice cream in the freezer. Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the cream mixture into the moving, frozen bowl. Churn 25-30 minutes or until the ice cream is soft and creamy but thick. It should be coming out the top of the freezer, churning bowl.
  • Place the ice cream in the cold storage container, cover and refrigerate 2 hours or more.