WiseNLucky, did your ice cream maker arrive? Have you used it yet? What did you think?
My son's birthday party is coming up, and there is about to be a major party at my house, so I started the ice cream making in advance, so I have enough time to make up plenty. Last night I churned a batch of chocolate. Went a little something like this...
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
1/3 cup Hershey dark chocolate cocoa
6 eggs yolks
9 oz. sugar
In a pot, combine 1 cup of the whipping cream and the cocoa, on med. heat. Use a whisk and mix that up until all the chocolate has dissolved. Then add the other cup of whipping cream and the cup of milk. Continue to cook until it just starts to simmer, then remove from heat. In the mixer, beat together the 6 egg yolks until they lighten in color. Then, while still beating, and slowly add the sugar. Once that's all incorporated, temper the cream mixture in, a little at a time. When it's nice and loose and very chocolatey colored, add the whole thing back to the rest of the cream, put it back on the heat and cook it a little more. You're looking for 170-175 degrees by candy thermometer, or just take a spoon, dip it in and lift it out, and drag your finger along the back of the spoon. If the custard doesn't flow back in to fill the space, but instead stays where it is, you're done. Remove from the heat, let it sit on your counter about an hour, then add the tsp. of vanilla. Then, put it in the fridge overnight. Next day, put it in your churn. Follow your churn's manufacturer's instructions, which in my case means, churn it for a half hour. Spoon out chocolatey goodness into an airtight freezer container, put a piece of plastic wrap on the top, to keep out the nasty flavors, freeze. Later, scoop out the best chocolate ice cream you've ever had.
I'll end up making this exact recipe again later this week, except substitute Splenda for the sugar. The texture won't be quite as good, and it's a little harder to scoop, but the flavor will be just as awesome. I find nuking the container in 10 sec. increments helps loosen it up.
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