Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream

Spring finally arrived here in Middle Georgia over the weekend.  I celebrated by making my first batch of home-made ice cream of the season.

 

my favorite flower

wee baby fig leaves

We have one of those counter top ice cream makers.  You store the inner tub/ metal drum in the freezer then you’re ready to go at any time.  You just plug it in, add your ingredients, turn it on, and 20 minutes later – ice cream.  Our machine is by Cuisinart.  I got it several years ago, with a coupon of course, at Bed Bath & Beyond.

 

I came up with the recipe on the fly, combining a few elements from several recipes I had.

I used regular Baker’s brand chocolate in this recipe and it worked well.

image from: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/Products/bakers-chocolate.aspx

 

 

Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2c. whole milk

2c. half and half

pinch of Kosher salt

1c. heavy cream

1t. vanilla

 

Chop the chocolate up into small chunks (approximately 1/4″ pieces).  Put chocolate pieces and sugar into a food processor.  Process until all of the chocolate is pulverized.

Warm milk with half and half in a large pot on the stove.  Add chocolate and sugar mixture to milk & half and half.  Stir until chocolate is all melted in.  The milk mixture will come to a low simmer.  Remove from heat.  Stir in salt, heavy cream, and vanilla.  Cool completely.  I transferred the mixture to a pitcher and put it in the fridge for several hours.  Stir it well before adding it to the ice cream freezer.

When it comes out of the machine it will still be soft.

Freeze according to the manufacturers instructions.  If you use the Cuisinart freezer like mine, you will need to do it in two batches.  When it finishes the freeze cycle in the ice cream maker it is still pretty soft.  It will firm up once your put it in your freezer.

Happy Spring!  & Enjoy  :)

 

In the essence of full disclosure…It was about 9:30 in the morning when I took these pictures.  When I was finished, I ate the prop.  :p

It was good.

Maybe I’ll make it a regular thing.

Ice cream in the morning, that’s normal right?  Well,…it is d-a-i-r-y.  So it’s like drinking a glass of milk.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  :)

 

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