There's nothing that chocolate can't cure... and in summertime, there's nothing that chocolate ice cream can't cure. Many of the store-bought brands can be hard instead of creamy or -- worse! -- not chocolatey enough. Luckily, our chocolate ice cream recipe is neither. It's rich and decadent, perfect for any chocolate-lover. The secret is adding two ingredients that aren't chocolate at all! Vanilla adds a floral aroma that's the backdrop for many of the best ice cream flavors, while coffee highlights the rich natural bitterness of chocolate.
Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
3.5 ounces good-quality chocolate, broken into pieces (choose your favorite: dark chocolate will create a rich, almost bittersweet ice cream, while milk will make a sweeter more classic chocolate ice cream)
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 - 1/3 cup sugar (1/4 cup sugar will be enough for recipes using sweeter chocolate; if you are using good-for-you dark chocolate, 1/3 will up the sweetness factor just enough)
3 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. organic brewed coffee
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Place the chocolate pieces and milk in a metal or glass bowl. Heat over a double boiler, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
While the chocolate cools, beat the sugar and egg yolks with an electric mixer until pale and thick. Slowly add the chocolate, whisking all the time to prevent the eggs from curdling.
Strain the mixture into a saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. When the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon so that a finger drawn through it leaves a streak, remove the mixture from the heat.
Pour the mixture into a bowl from high up, stirring all the time. This will help the mixture to cool more easily. Add the heavy cream, stirring constantly. Once the mixture is nearly cooled, add the vanilla and coffee. Place in the refrigerator to cool for at least 1 hour before proceeding.
Churn the ice cream in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer instructions.