This ice cream was fantastic! I just love chocolate, but you knew that right? The one problem I had with it, is it became a bit grainy once it started to freeze. I BELIEVE it is because I did not blend the chocolate mixture in a blender before putting it into the refrigerator to cool. The recipe I found said "if the chocolate does not melt completely, you might want to run it through a blender until smooth." Well, my chocolate melted perfectly, or so I thought, and I skipped this step. But I believe that by skipping that step, I did not have the chocolate nice and smooth as it should have been, hence the tiny chocolate pieces just hardened up as soon as it started to cool. That's my theory at least. Now this did not make the ice cream inedible, oh no, I would not post it if that was the case, I'm only telling you, so hopefully you'll have a smoother ice cream texture then we did. This ice cream was not too sweet, but very rich and very chocolaty. It was chocolate heaven in a bowl!
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
2 1/4 cup heavy cream or half & half
6 Tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
6oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips (you could honestly leave these out if you just want plain old chocolate ice cream, it will still be SO good!!)
In a large saucepan, whisk the cream, cocoa powder, sugar and salt together. Whisking frequently, heat until the mixture comes to a full, rolling boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate melts completely, then add the milk and vanilla. Carefully transfer the mixture to a blender and blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
Chill the mixture thoroughly and then churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufactures instructions. Add the chocolate chips in the last few minutes of the churning. If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out David's site for directions on just how to do it without one! Enjoy!