I love experimenting with ice cream. It’s interesting to see how you need to tweak the ice cream base to accommodate for the add-ins. Sometimes you need a higher fat content to offset a high water content addition (like adding espresso to make a coffee ice cream). Sometimes you need to do a lower fat content to compensate for something rich being added, like caramel. You don’t want your ice cream to be so soft that it barely sets, or so hard that you can’t get your spoon into it. It’s important to get it right so that your ice cream has the proper mouth feel.
I absolutely love this dark chocolate ice cream. It’s so rich, with intense chocolate flavor. You’ll never need another chocolate ice cream recipe. I can’t wait to make it again, it was gone too soon!
Warm the cream and milk on the stove in a heavy bottom sauce pan without stirring. While that’s heating up, whisk the egg yolks, salt, and sugar, until pale in color.
Once the cream is heated and bubbles start to rise around the edges (don’t boil!), slowly whisk a ladle-full at a time of the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture. Make sure to do it slowly, so you don’t cook the eggs.
Mix the heated yolk mixture back in with the rest of the cream, and put it back on the stove on medium heat. Stir constantly, until slightly thickened. You should be able to draw your finger across the back of the spoon and have it leave a trail. Don’t over cook it!
Once the cream has started to thicken, remove from heat. Add your chopped chocolate and cocoa powder, and stir to melt. Chances are it’s not going to combine 100% smooth, so throw it in the blender and run it for a few seconds, it should get out any lumps.
Stir in the vanilla.
Chill thoroughly and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. I prefer my ice cream best if it sets in the freezer for over 24 hours.