Vanessa Kimbell makes Chocolate Ice-cream for National Chocolate Week

I read an article recently saying researchers had found eating dark chocolate lowers blood pressure and that chocolate contains serotonin, which cheers you up.

This ice-cream is rich and indulgent, and the better quality your chocolate the deeper and more complex the flavour is. You can change the flavour just by using various artisan chocolate, for example Rococo chocolate makes a cinnamon bar or uses a sweet butterscotch from Green & Black’s.

Serves: 8
Makes: 1 litre of ice-cream
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 – 25 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 500ml double cream
  • 200ml full fat milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 125g vanilla sugar (or caster sugar with a vanilla pod)
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped

Method:

  1. Put the cream, milk and egg yolks and sugar and cocoa powder in a heavy-based saucepan and stir over a moderate heat. Keep moving the liquid using a whisk (add the vanilla pod at this point if you don’t have vanilla sugar).
  2. Keep stirring as the custard thickens. This can take 20 – 25 minutes so take your time and don’t be tempted to heat it quickly (you’ll get scrambled eggs). The mixture will thicken. When the custard easily coats the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat and stir in the chocolate.
  3.  Allow the custard to cool. I leave mine overnight in the fridge.
  4. You can store this for up to 2 days before making it into ice-cream in a clean airtight container. Transfer into an ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make the ice-cream.

OR

If you make this by hand, then you’ll need to pour the mixture into a shallow freezer-proof container. Freeze for about an hour. Whisk it every 45 minutes or so, 3–4 times as it is setting to prevent ice crystals forming and you will get a smooth result. Use a timer to remind you as I often forget to go back and whisk.

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via Vanessa Kimbell makes…chocolate ice-cream – Food & Drink – Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

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