If there’s just one food we could eat every day, without turning into Chubby Hubbies, it would be ice cream. Ben and Jerry’s and Hagen daz are our two favorite grocery store brands. Locally, we love Bi-Rite Ice Creamery in the Mission, in San Francisco, but since it’s on the other side of the city and the lines are typically too long we don’t get to eat their ice cream as much as we would like to. So what are two guys like us to do? Make our own!
There is nothing more satisfying than making your own ice cream. You can substitute milk for cream if you want (sad); reduce the amount of eggs or add a few more for a richer version; and the flavors are limitless. A search in our pantry can change a simple chocolate ice cream into chocolate cinnamon ice cream, you can even add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a Southwest/Mexican flavor combination, or add fresh seasonal fruit at the end for a wonderful berry chocolate concoction.
With summer upon us in all it’s glory, it’s time to make our own. There is nothing wrong with going to the store and purchasing your favorite flavor, but spending a little time in your kitchen can change the boring vanilla into the vanilla rum raisin, yum! Try your own combination and don’t just limit your flavors to 31. There’s thousands upon thousands of combinations that still haven’t been discovered. Enjoy!
Chocolate Ice Cream
2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
6 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
Optional: 2 cinnamon sticks or ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder, or 1 star anise, or ¼-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, or a handful or two of fresh or frozen blueberries, chopped peaches, chopped strawberries, plums, bananas, etc., or anything else you can thing of that might go well with chocolate.
Add the cream and milk to a medium saucepan over medium heat. [If you are using cinnamon sticks, star anise, or any whole spices or herbs, add them to the milk and cream to infuse the flavor. Leave the milk on the back of the stove with the heat off for about 20-30 minutes. Strain before continuing.]
Add the ½ cup of cocoa to a small bowl and add ½ cup of the cream and whisk until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture into the milk, whisking until everything is smooth. In a separate bowl add the egg yolks, sugar and salt and whisk together. Slowly add the milk, about ¼ to ½ cup at a time to temper the egg yolks. After you have added about 2 cups milk pour the mixture back in the saucepan over medium low heat and cook until slightly thick. At this point you are making a light custard. You don’t want the custard to be too thick, nor do you want to scramble the eggs. Once the custard is made add the vanilla and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight. Add to your ice cream maker and process for 25-30 minutes, or according to your ice cream machine.
Freezer for another two hours and enjoy on a hot summer day, or a cold winter one (like most July days in San Francisco).