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REC: Alice Medrich's Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream - The ultimate.

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Posted to Thread #1745 at 8:30 pm on May 8, 2006

I just made this again last night for the upteenth time. It's the perfect chocolate ice cream - ultra creamy and deep deep chocolatey. My husband and I ate so much, we made ourselves ill! I need to take a course in Chocolate Control!!!!

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

*NOTE: I prefer using the 60% bittersweet option, which is 8 oz bittersweet chocolate and 1/4 cup sugar *(see Chocolate Notes below). I find the bittersweet melts more easily than the unsweetened, using the listed method. (I use Ghirardelli bittersweet).

INGREDIENTS:

3 1/2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped (my note: chop more finely if using unsweetened chocolate)
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 c. whole milk
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt (I use 1/16 tsp)
4 large egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Set a strainer over a medium bowl near the stove. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl next to it.

In a 1 1/2 qt - 2 qt. saucepan, bring the cream, milk, sugar and salt to a simmer over medium heat.

Meanwhile, in a third medium bowl, whisk the yolks just to combine them. Whisking constantly, pour the hot cream mixture slowly over the yolks. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens slightly and registers between 175 and 180 degrees F. (I heat just until it barely starts to boil). Strain the mixture into the waiting bowl to remove any bits of cooked egg. Stir in the vanilla. Pour just enough of the hot cream mixture over the chocolate to cover it. Stir (I let it stand about one minute before stirring with a wire whisk), until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is thick and smooth. Gradually add the rest of the cream mixture, stirring (I use a spatula) until perfectly blended and smooth. (Sometimes I put it into an ice water bath, and stir until cooled, but it's not necessary). Cover and refrigerate until chilled. (I chill overnight).

Freeze according to the instructions for your ice-cream maker. (I keep my ice cream canister in the freezer about 32 hours before using).

Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

CHOCOLATE NOTES AND VARIATIONS:

*Chocolate Notes:
You can use any unsweetened baking chocolate or chocolate marked 99%. Branch out from the traditional individually wrapped baking squares if you can, and you will see that all chocolates do not taste the same!

To use cocoa instead of unsweetened: Substitute 3/4 c. unsweetned natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder for the chocolate. Put the cocoa in the saucepan and stir in just enough cream to make a smooth paste, then add the rest of the cream and milk.

To use standard bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (without a percentage on the label) or any marked 50% to 62% instead of unsweetened: Increase the chocolate to 8 ounces and reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup.

To use chocolate marked 64% to 66% instead of unsweetened: Increase the chocolate to 6 1/2 oz. and reduce the sugar to 1/4 c. plus 3 tbl.

To use chocolate marked 70% to 72% instead of unsweetened: Increase the chocolate to 6 oz. and reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup.

Variations:

Bittersweet Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: Start early in the day or a day ahead to allow the mint to infuse in the cream and milk. Increase the milk to 1 3/4 c. In a bowl, combine the cream and milk with 1 1/2 c. packed, coarsely chopped fresh mint; cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours or overnight.

Strain the cream mixture into a saucepan, pressing gently on the mint with a spoon to extract all of the liquid. Discard the mint. Add the sugar and salt and bring to a simmer. Proceed as directed.

Chocolate-Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: Normally a nuance in the background, here the vanilla steps up to become a fragrant partner with the chocolate. Try Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar or the more floral Tahitian bean.

Use a sharp paring knife to split 3 moist vanilla beans lengthwise. Use the knife point to scrape the seeds out of each half into the pan with the milk and cream. Add the scraped bean to the pan, and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, cover and let the vanilla infuse for 10 minutes. Fish out and discard the bean. Add the sugar and salt to the cream, bring to a simmer and proceed as directed.

By Alice Medrich


A balanced diet is equal parts of milk and dark chocolate.


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