It has been such a long time since I have made ice cream. So long, in fact, that I have just about forgotten how to do it.
The kids have been asking for home made ice cream for at least a month now. Well, I don't even have an ice cream maker any more and was not about to turn the clock back 50 years and start hand churning till my arms fell off. So, while out shopping the other day I saw this cute little (and very inexpensive, I might add) ice cream maker. To the checkout it went.
That was the easy part.
I spent at least 2 hours reading about ice cream making. Some of it so confusing to the point where I almost returned the ice cream maker. I pretty much remembered the basics, so it couldn’t be that difficult right?
Like all kids, the flavour chocolate was decided upon in a split second. So, that was what we went for on this first attempt. Also, I would like to add, this is NOT my recipe. I followed a Jamie Oliver recipe. I followed it exactly but have written it out here in my own words. Next time, I will venture into coming up with my own recipe. For this first attempt, I thought I would play it safe.
What I have learned is that all your ingredients should be freezing cold along with all the equipment you are using. Also, if working in a hot kitchen, it doesn't seem to hurt to set the ice cream maker over a large bowl of ice while it is churning the ice cream. Also, my ice cream maker only seemed to make soft ice cream. I am sure the more expensive makers get a hard consistency straight away. So, I put it into a plastic tub and continued the freezing process for another few hours.
The result was some pretty delicious chocolate ice cream. Looking forward to coming up with my own ice cream recipes in the weeks to come. Summer is not over by a long way!
Chocolate Ice Cream
1/2 Cup/100 grams of 70 percent cocoa chocolate
1 1/4 Cups/300 ml of full fat milk
1/3 Cup/65 grams of sugar
3 egg yolks
1 1/4 Cups/300 ml of whipping cream
Chop up your chocolate into small pieces.
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the chocolate and milk. Whisk until you have a creamy texture. This will only take a minute or so. Remove from heat.
Next, in your mixing bowl add the egg yolks and sugar. Mix on high speed until it is pale and fluffy. I would say, this takes about 2 minutes. Now, take your cooled chocolate mixture and pour it into your mixing bowl. Stir or whisk to combine until it is smooth and chocolaty. Now, you want to set a strainer over your sauce pan. Pour the chocolate mixture through the strainer and discard whatever bits are in the top of your strainer.
Turn your stove on to a medium heat and cook the chocolate mixture gently until it reaches a syrupy consistency. This will probably take 15 minutes or so. While doing this, make sure you stir every few minutes and you never let it boil. If you do bring it to a boil, it will likely curdle. Once it has reached the desired consistency, remove from heat and pour into a large bowl and leave to cool. Give it a quick stir every few minutes to help release the heat. Leave it to cool for about 1/2 hour.
Meanwhile, in a large and very cold mixing bowl, add your whipped cream. Mix on a high speed until soft peaks form. this will be about 3 minutes. Once you have soft peaks, you can fold the cream into the chocolate mixture. Whenever I fold whipped cream into any type of mixture, I like to start with a small amount to lighten it. Once you have done this, add remaining whipped cream and stir to incorporate.
Now remove your ice cream maker bowl from your freezer and pour in your chocolate mixture. Cover and turn it on. My machine takes about 30 minutes to reach a soft serve ice cream texture. Once this happens, I then put the ice cream into a plastic tub and transfer it to the freezer for a few hours.
Remove from the freezer about 10 minutes before eating.
Some helpful notes:
- Make sure your ice cream maker bowl is in the freezer for long enough to properly make ice cream. I left mine in for a full day before use
- Use really cold ingredients as well as all other equipment you are using.
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