Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream With or Without Bourbon

Spicy chocolate.  I love it.

In my kitchen it usually finds its way into a cafe mocha which I share with Mr CC.  But not this time.

This time I wanted to share the zingy chili-enhanced chocolaty taste of this stuff with you all, and it had to be ice cream.  It doesn't disappoint.

Chocolate ice cream base

Now I'm entirely aware that I have a penchant for putting booze in my ice cream.  I like the process of figuring out which small amount of alcohol might enhance a frozen dessert.  Makes me feel like a bit of a scientist.

But if alcohol in ice cream doesn't float your boat, please feel free to omit it.  It won't make the end result be any less delicious.  And, of course, do not add it if you're going to be serving this to children.

That said, if you've no aversion to booze in your ice cream, let me tell you that using a tablespoon or two of really good bourbon here deepens the chocolate flavor, rendering a mysterious smokiness to the spice notes.

This recipe, adapted from an ice cream I made here (and can one adapt their own recipes?), comes together very quickly.  It needs an overnight chill in the fridge so plan ahead.

Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream

Christine's Recipe for Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream
makes enough to densely pack a 32-ounce container

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup Splenda-sugar blend)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened cocoa powder (I used Dagoba's Xocolatl drinking chocolate)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla such as Bourbon-Madagascar
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional), I used Maker's Mark)

Using a hand held mixer or stand mixer, blend together the egg yolks, sugar, cocoa powder and salt until it is uniformly smooth and thickened.
Using a 2-quart saucepan, bring the milk to just under a simmer over medium-low heat. It will be hot enough when small bubbles form around the sides of the pan.
With the mixer running on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, blending thoroughly. Pour this back into the saucepan and heat gently on low, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from the heat and strain into a clean glass container.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before stirring in the cream, vanilla and bourbon (if using).
Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6-8 hours until well chilled.
Stir thoroughly to re-mix before adding the chilled custard to your ice cream maker.
Process according to the manufacturer's directions.  It will be soft set in about 25 minutes.
Pack into a 32-ounce container (large yogurt containers are perfect for this), cover with a piece of plastic wrap before snapping the lid on, and freeze for one to two hours before serving.

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  1. Ok, that does it. I must have ice cream. Mr. FKIA is having some pre-retirement dental work and can only have ice cream. He probably cannot have booze. But I can.


  2. somehow I never got up the nerve to make ice cream. You make it seem so effortless in your posts. I think I may just have to take the plunge. I'm just too tempted now.

    If you like boozy ice creams, you would have loved the ice cream cup I got in Germany a few years back--local cherries mascerated in kirschwasser poured over French Vanilla ice cream. It was divine.

  3. I'd love to see whatever ice cream you make, Mimi. Be sure to share it on your blog.

    Your comment is very timely, Yesteryum, because I happen to have cherries macerating in kirschwasser right this minute. They've been in the fridge, getting quite snockered, for several days now while I muse on just how I'm going to turn them into ice cream. Vanilla ice cream was my choice, but to put them in or on had not yet been decided. I think in. Check back soon!

  4. This looks like a real treat! Yum!

  5. Yummm! This ice-cream screams for my attenetion: a must make! :)

    I have made your tasty potato, bacon & cream dish yesterday & loved it so much, so did my hubby! :) xxx


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