Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream
With this heat it's amazing that I've managed to eat anything besides ice cream. There is nothing like a good homemade ice cream to cool you off. I've also been craving chocolate like mad this week (even though I wasn't interested in it during the first half of my pregnancy) so I had no choice but to make chocolate ice cream to satisfy my craving and cool off.
This is only the second time I've made ice cream but the recipe I used made it quite simple. Whenever I want a basic recipe that is most likely going to turn out great, I turn to my big yellow Gourmet cookbook.
For the recipe click here.
1. I used half and half instead of the milk and cream and it turned out perfectly.
2. For the chocolate I used a combination of Ghiradelli and 2 kinds of South American chocolates from Trader Joes. Don't bother making this with anything but good chocolate.
3. I didn't use Dutch-processed cocoa because I have not been able to find it anywhere. The organic cocoa from TJ's worked fine.
4. Just like the description says, this ice cream has an intense chocolate flavor. I think it tastes like frozen chocolate custard (which is what it is) rather than a typical chocolate ice cream that you would buy in the store. I think you could probably add less chopped chocolate if you want a milder chocolate taste.