I’ve made several different ice cream recipes before, but they’ve always been egg based custards. I’ve been meaning to try one of the versions using sweetened condensed milk, and even had a can waiting in the pantry, but hadn’t taken the time to do it. Well, this month when perusing my assigned blog for The Secret Recipe Club, I came across an ice cream recipe that fit the bill and knew I wanted to make it. I’m so glad I did, it turned out to be absolutely rich, creamy and delicious, just the way I like it!
If you haven’t heard of The Secret Recipe Club, it’s an event that I host each month where each member is assigned another member’s blog to choose a recipe from. They make it or bake it and then blog it. But no one says anything until reveal day when everyone posts at the same time. My assignment this month was Veronica’s blog, My Catholic Kitchen. She has plenty of great sounding recipes to choose from, but when I spotted the recipe for Saint Valentine’s Chocolate Ice Cream I printed it right away.
I love chocolate ice cream, and I’m sure the version as is would be wonderful, but I wanted to kick mine up a notch. I decided to add a bit more chocolate to the custard itself, jazzed up the flavor with some almond extract, and finished it off by stirring in some homemade chocolate chips.
I’m not talking about tossing in a bag of store bought chocolate chips. Instead, I melted down some quality bittersweet chocolate and stirred it in at the end. This method is called “straccietella”, derived from Italian word “stracciato” which means torn apart. By drizzling the melted chocolate onto the churned frozen custard, the chocolate hardens and you are able to stir it in, breaking the hardened chocolate into smaller chips and bits.
I’m actually smitten with this ice cream. The consistency is very creamy, something that can be difficult to achieve with egg custard ice creams. I’m actually pretty pumped to try some other flavors too as this is a much easier method. Delicious!
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup light cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
Place the condensed milk into a medium saucepan. Measure then sift the cocoa into the condensed milk. Whisk the two ingredients together and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and slightly thickened, about ten minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately break the 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate into pieces and whisk into the hot milk mixture until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a large measuring cup, gently mix together the creams and the extracts. Take the chill off by putting mixture into the microwave for up to one minute.
Using a slow and steady motion, drizzle the cream mixture into the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixtures together as you are drizzling. Be sure to loosen any mixture from the edges and corners of the pan using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Whisk until smooth. Pour through a sieve into a clean bowl, discard any bits left in the sieve.
Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Process the cold mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
To add the chocolate stracciatella, right before the end of the churning process, melt the 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in the microwave at half power. Drizzle the melted chocolate onto the almost churned ice cream, being careful not to drizzle onto the paddle.
If you have a manual ice cream maker, empty the churned ice cream into the container you intend to keep in the freezer. Drizzle some of the melted chocolate onto the ice cream and fold in using a rubber spatula. Repeat drizzling, folding, drizzling, and folding until all the chocolate has been incorporated. You can break up larger pieces using the end of the spatula. The chocolate will harden once it hits the ice cream, creating homemade chocolate chips and chunks. Freeze until hard and ready to scoop.
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