Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream

Nobody needs it and everybody wants it. Ice cream, of course. And, chocolate ice cream has got to be my all time least running side by side with pistachio.

I gifted myself with "The Perfect Scoop," a wonderful cookbook written by David Lebovitz whom I follow on his blog and on Facebook. David lives in Paris and is one fantastic foodie. Can you imagine, a whole book on sorbet and ice cream? Well, I am on my fourth recipe now and this one is just about my favorite, though I really did like that Nectarine Sorbet also.


  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 5 large egg yolks

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Warm 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, the reduce the heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining 1 cup cream. Pour into a large bowl.

Warm the milk, sugar and salt in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture coats the spoon. Pour through a strained that sits on top of the chocolate mixture bowl and then stir the mixture until smooth. Stir in vanilla and chill.

Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator and then freeze in your ice cream maker according to directions.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I haven't ever made chocolate ice cream. I have been tempted by that book and now I am more tempted. I love to make sorbets and ice cream. Yummm!

  2. Just in time for the 4 of July picnics! This ice cream looks rich and delicious. I want some!

  3. All these ice creams and sorbets are going to be the ruin of me. I hate to think about how many calories I consume. This is on the menu for this weekend. I think I'll add some toasted, chopped hazelnuts to the mix.

    Have a wonderful July 4th holiday, Susan.

  4. I love this book. Custard ice cream is my favorite. This looks so good!

  5. You had made at two cups of heavy cream! I LOVE chocolate ice cream.


  6. Our temperatures are going to be in the upper 30's Centigrade today, so this is exactly what I need. Diane

  7. You just can't go wrong with chocolate ice cream. This looks rich and creamy. I might just have to drag out my old ice cream maker!

  8. This would be great for the 4th! There's nothing better than ice cream in the summer and this looks delicious! Yum!

  9. of my favorites!!! A a wonderful "4th of July" guys!!

  10. Perfect summer treat Susan. Hope you and the Trout have a great fourth of July.

  11. Chocolate ice cream is a perfect food. We have made fruit ice creams at home why, have we not made chocolate ice cream? I am going to change that very soon.

    Hope your July 4th is a good one.

  12. Hi Susan!!!

    Oh My BIUG weakness. DARK CHOCOLATE!!! And bless your heart, you gave the recipe for that ice cream!

    How have you been? Fine and a bit warm here.

    I just wanted to let you know that I a link on my blog ( myhookandI) for a Yankee Candle coupon that can be printed out if you want to..
    My favorite scent is Home Sweet home... for now anyway...:-)

    Have fun shopping!

    ~ Susan

  13. Susan, Happy 4th to you and the Trout. That chocolate ice cream sounds just about perfect.

  14. The Perfect Scoop is just that, perfect! I have not tried the chocolate ice cream yet, just the malt ball recipe. Chocolate would be a hit at our house!

  15. I broke down and got David's book this summer too, Susan! Isn't it fabulous?

    I don't think there's anyone who doesn't love chocolate ice cream and your photo is simply luscious looking! Cooled me off just looking at it! I just KNOW it was delicious!

  16. Susan, I am back again. I tried to email you but could not get through. Thank you for your advice on Paris. I would like the name of the man who rents apts. in Paris. Just email me at your convenience to Hope you are having a great day.

  17. Chocolate is my favorite flavor, of just about anything but especially ice cream! I'll have to try David's recipe.

  18. I haven't even made any ice cream this summer, you have inspired me to get my Cuisinart out!