April 19, 2010

Kids in the Kitchen: Chocolate Ice Cream

Apparently, all of the kids wanted a chance to make  dessert. Matt chose chocolate ice cream as his dessert of choice. While we’ve made homemade ice cream in the past (this past summer, each of the kids made a different flavor), we haven’t done so specifically as part of the “Kids in the Kitchen” series. So – chocolate ice cream it was.

I don’t know why it took me years to get an ice cream maker. I suppose I just never saw the need for one – it was another appliance to take up space. But when I purchased my KitchenAid mixer last year, I received a rebate for a free ice cream maker. Of course, I took advantage – and I’ve loved it ever since! The ice cream maker attachment is simply a bowl that can be stored in your freezer, and a special paddle attachment. It mixes ice cream like a true champ – and with this recipe, you can have extremely creamy, chocolate-y ice cream that rivals the best store-bought brands. And it’s gluten-free (unlike my favorite Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate – why, oh why must wheat be in the strangest things?) What’s not to love?

Of course, Matt had to taste test every step of the way. Not that I blame him. With a bunch of creamy chocolate, who can resist? Our family devoured most of this ice cream last night, but I’m strongly considering sneaking into the freezer for a few more indulgent bites.

Chocolate Ice Cream, adapted from Alton Brown

1 1/2 oz unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c heavy cream

 2 c whole milk

1 c lite coconut milk (I had it leftover, so I thought I’d use it. You can substitute more whole milk if you’d like)

8 large, happy, free-range egg yolks

9 oz sugar

2 t vanilla extract

Place the cocoa powder and the cream into a medium saucepan and whisk. Add the  the milk and the coconut milk and whisk in. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, and remove from heat.

In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Temper the egg yolk mixture by adding a few ladles of the milk mixture in and whisking with each addition. Pour the tempered egg yolk mixture into the remaining milk mixture and whisk until combined. Place back over medium-low heat and whisk until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon (about 175 degrees F). Pour the mixture into a freezable container and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract, cover, and place in refrigerator for 4-8 hours.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions. Place in freezer for a few hours to allow the ice cream to firm up.

Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

30 Responses to “Kids in the Kitchen: Chocolate Ice Cream”

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  2. Well-written and informative. The ice cream looks fantastic, especially since it has been about 210 F in Miami this weekend. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

  3. I always love your specialties for kids and plan to spring this one on my lucky Grandchildren!

  4. Yum that ice cream looks delicious, especially with this 90 degree Arizona weather. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your kitchenaid mixer ice cream maker accessory, I’ve been eying it ever since I got my mixer!

  5. I just recently tried coconut milk in a batch of blueberry ice cream and feel in love with the flavor. Matt’s chocolate ice cream looks rich, creamy, and delicious.

  6. Your ice cream is lovely!! I love Blue Bell, too. You’re so lucky to have received a rebate for the ice cream maker! I never got one of those haha.

  7. Huum! Your ice cream is beautiful

  8. I think I’ll be adding coconut milk into my next batch of ice cream – great way to use up leftovers.

    It took me a foolishly long time to get an ice cream maker too. In fact, I waited until one was given to me. So many years wasted not eating homemade ice cream!

  9. I have an ice cream maker but hardly use it! Gotta change that – and gotta try adding coconut milk to the mix too! Great idea, thanks for sharing :)

  10. I love that you made your own ice cream! It looks amazing!

  11. Looks absolutely delicious! Your kids are going to be such great cooks!

  12. Well what kid wouldn’t want to make chocolate ice cream?? Though I don’t know of many kids who could make such a beautiful job of it … you didn’t have anything to do with that, now did you? ; )

  13. Mmmm… how delicious, I could totally go for some of this right now!

  14. That looks delicious! I don’t have an ice cream maker and have been kicking around the idea of getting one. I didn’t know KitchenAid had an attachment. I think that might be the way to go. Thanks so much for that tip, and the recipe. If I get one, I’ll be looking for recipes.

  15. We make ice cream quite often at my place and I’m sure that with 8 eggs this was the epitome of decadence. I never use more than 3 or 4. My husband would love it if I used 8.

    Coconut milk adds such a creaminess to the final product, too, without being overly pronounced. Sometimes I have trouble even tasting the coconut when I use it in smaller proportions like you did here.

    And, must say – I love Alton Brown. :)

  16. Oh Alta, why, why, why do you do this to me? :-) That is probably the most mouth watering photo of chocolate ice cream I have ever laid my eyes on!!

    I have been tempted to buy the ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid and now you have sold me!

    Thanks Alta… by any chance, do you have a GF Ice Cream Sandwich recipe to share?? I have been craving one (like the “classic” gluten-filled boxed variety) with a soft cake-like chocolate cookie!

    I think I just gained 5 lbs. reading this post :-)

  17. To me, homemade ice cream is always better than store-bought ice cream. This ice cream looks heavenly indeed. Matt did a great job. I bet he was excited to be responsible for that chocolate goodness. I can’t blame him for eating as he went. ;-)

    Shirley

  18. Yum! My husband was just looking at the latest copy of Cooking Light and asked why we don’t make our own ice cream… well, because we don’t have an ice cream maker! If I were to tell him that we needed a KitchenAid in order to get an ice cream maker, he might concede on the no Kitchenaid…. (I don’t really need one since I rarely bake, I only wanted one to help with making tamales for the first time!) Not a good enough reason really, but maybe the ice cream maker would help my request! ha!

  19. There is nothing better than home-made ice-cream! I’m a chocolate addict too so your ice’cream looks veeery tempting. Mm.

  20. Oh, freakin’ awesome!

  21. Chocolate is the flavor of the day – and ice cream is just perfect for the warmer weather we’re (finally!) having in New York right now. Congrats on making the Foodbuzz Top 9!

    ~Cleo

  22. Hey Atta, how are you? This is something really cooling. And I’m glad I stop by for this yummy treat. haha… Have a great day!
    Blessings, Kristy

  23. Alton Brown is AWESOME. Nice job on getting the free ice cream maker when you bought your Kitchen Aid mixer. Two great tools for any cooks! Whoohoo!

  24. Oh yum! I haven’t made chocolate ice cream yet, but that is one thing the kids have requested. I hear ya about the wheat in ice cream…what’s the point? Besides making us sigh with disappointment as we place it back in the freezer. Homemade ice cream is always better anyways. ;)

  25. Summer and Chocolate Ice Cream. Perfect! The picture is enough to get my taste buds in gear. Wow!

  26. Long time no visit, which is a shame. Good thing there’s this lovely bowl of ice cream here. Great for summer!

  27. I bought my husband an ice cream maker a few years ago for Valentine’s day and then proceeded to make lots of ice cream. Making your own is quite addicting. Your picture is enough to make me want to lick my monitor. But since I yell at my dog for doing that, I guess I shouldn’t since it would set a bad example for her.

  28. It looks yummy. My daughter #1 would love it. She ♥ chocolate and ice-cream! The photos looks divine……

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