Thursday, August 8, 2013

I Made Chocolate Ice Cream!

7 August 2013 - Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

I bought an ice-cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer at a really great deal, thanks to Wendy and Jane. It fits my US version Kitchenaid Mixer perfectly. It was then that I learned that Kitchenaid Mixers bought from US and local are slightly different.

Anyway, I couldn't wait to start churning homemade ice-creams with my new toy.
I dug out my David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop book that I'd bought a few years ago, and was crestfallen when I saw that making ice-creams need a long preparation time.

First, I needed to freeze the freeze bowl for 24 hours.
And also after making the ice cream mixture/batter, it needs to be chilled in the refrigerator for 8 hours. Sigh.

So into the freezer goes my ice cream bowl. And yesterday afternoon, I got my butt off the chair and started preparing the batter.
It was my first time every reading a recipe on how to make the ice cream batter, so I read the instructions and recipe a few times, and also very thoroughly, to avoid making a blunder.

I followed the Chocolate Ice Cream recipe I got from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop.

2 cups (500ml) heavy cream (I used whipping cream with 35% fat)
3 tablespoons (21g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (I used Valrhona)
5 ounces (140g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Tudor Gold 55% cocoa)
1 cup (250ml) whole milk
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

I prepared the ingredients as listed.

Then warm 1 cup (250ml) of the cream with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan,

whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa.
Bring it to a boil, then 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 (250ml) cream.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the 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. (Tip: pour slowly and really whisk it up to avoid pieces of eggs being cooked!)
Then scrape the warm egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. (Tip: do not let the mixture boil!) 
Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla.

Stir until cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturing's instructions.

So yesterday midnight, I continued my ice-cream making session.
I assembled and engaged the freeze bowl, dasher, and drive assembly for the first time as directed in the instruction manual.
Then I turned to STIR (Speed 1) and poured in the chilled mixture into freeze bowl.

 Then I continued to STIR (Speed 1) for about 15 minutes to reach my desired consistency.

It can be served immediately as soft-served ice cream, but I preferred to freeze it in an air tight container for it to mature and hardened.

But that didn't stop me from tasting a few mouthfuls of it soft-served.
It was so delicious I couldn't believed it. I know the photo above looked really ugly but it tasted really great.

The next day, the ice cream hardened well.

Once scooped out, the texture was so fine and creamy I thought I was eating Haagen-Dazs's Belgium Chocolate. I secretly thought this tasted even better than that! Seriously!

My whole family raved about it, asking me to churn out more!
The best thing about it? I know the exact ingredients in it. I never said this is not fattening, but I know there is no preservatives and such, only pure whole milk, cream, egg yolks and good quality chocolates!

You guys need to churn this out yourself to really know what I am talking about!
OK, time for another scoop! Ta!


Janetan said...

hi Shu-yin,
Wow!!~ you are sure happy to own this maker and i am happy too.because the maker wouldn't just sit at the corner of my store room and looks least it have you as its owner and love it.. its have a owner and i have a new friend.

Cindy Lee said...

Wow! Yummyy!!!

tanshuyin said...

Thnks so much for selling me your icecream maker Jane! :)