A New Twist on Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate and cinnamon. One of many flavor combinations that go well together.

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).

Enter The Orange

Fall’s First Oranges

Oranges, Pistachios, Whole Milk Yogurt, Honey and Cinimon

Oranges, Pistachios, Whole Milk Yogurt, Honey and Cinnamon

The oranges have started to arrive. Though their skins aren’t quite bright just yet, the flesh of the fruit in this week’s CSA box is firm and bursting with sweet juice. As we mourn the passing of summer and all those beautiful tomatoes, the sting of loss is tempered by the transcendent fragrance of orange oil. The smell and taste of orange reminds us of winter salads to come with their bitter greens and fatty bacon bits. The zest will flavor crab quesadillas and beef or venison stews, add colorful tasty flecks to sweet clouds of whipped cream or Grand Marnier soufflés, and garnish plenty of cocktails. They’re just as good with goat cheese and a sprinkling of nuts as with chocolate deserts and we plan to add segments to our muesli breakfast, our frisee lunch salads and the occasional crème fraiche ice cream.

We’re sharing a few of our favorite orange inspired recipes and welcome your comments and suggestions. If you have recipes to share, we’d be delighted to hear about them. Here’s to a festive fall food season!

Cheers, Steve & Jason

We’re sad to see Gourmet go, and to show them the love, we’re linking to a few of our favorite orange inspired recipes. We’re grateful to have access to the library of Gourmet recipes at epicurious.com and hope you’ll find inspiration for your own cooking by searching the recipe database.