Like good recipes for vanilla cake or chocolate cake, I believe its important to have good recipes for vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream as well. If you skip the saffron in my saffron and vanilla bean ice cream recipe, you would have really good home made vanilla ice cream. Since there are so many takers for chocolate ice cream, Â it was important for me to post a chocolate ice cream recipe too.
Hariâ€™s friend Ruhaan loves chocolate ice cream and being a frequent visitor to his home, Hari seemed to have picked up a liking for chocolate ice cream in his company. Itâ€™s interesting to see how our friends influence our choice of food. Going back to my childhood, my friends have influenced so many of my food likes and dislikes too.
So after their school ended in the first week of June, making chocolate ice cream for Ruhaan, his sister Dhwanie and Hari was on my agenda.
When it comes to ice cream, I prefer plain vanilla or certain ice cream flavours made with dry fruit like figs or fresh fruit like mango or sitaphal. One has to be careful with choosing fruit flavoured ice creams as according to Ayurveda, you cannot mix certain fruits like melon or grapes with milk.
Making homemade ice cream sparks joy and I had to indulge in it before putting my trusty Kitchenif ice cream away during the monsoons.
Shooting ice cream is a difficult task as one has to get the perfect shot before the ice cream starts to melt. And since homemade ice cream starts to melt easily in the absence of preservatives and additives, one has to be quick in eating it and quicker if one intends to capture the ice cream photographically.
Surprisingly, I couldnt resist myself from eating spoonfuls of this ice cream despite my leanings towards plain or fruit flavoured ice creams. This was chocolatey, creamy and irresistible.
If you love chocolate ice creams, do give this recipe a try and you will love it! Iâ€™m planning to experiment with condensed milk icecreams, the next time I get my ice cream maker out. Till then if you happen to make this ice cream, do give me a shout out on social media, be it on facebook, instagram or twitter.
Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
750 ml (3 cups) Â low fat cream*
175 gm (3/4th cup) sugar
200 gm (1 cup) Â dark chocolate, chopped
40 gm (4 tbsp) cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a pan put in the low fat cream, sugar, the chopped chocolate and the cocoa powder and mix well with a whisk or a spoon
Put the pan on low heat and stir until the sugar and the chocolate melt completely and you have a smooth mixture.
Allow this to cool down and then place the bowl in the freezer for an hour or in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours until the chocolate mixture is chilled completely.
Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker and proceed as per the manufacturerâ€™s instructions. (If you do not have an ice cream maker, do not worry. With the help of a hand blender whisk until smooth and chill until frozen.)
Do keep in mind that you will not get a completely frozen ice cream in the ice cream maker and the consistency is somewhere between a soft serve ice cream and a thick milkshake, which should not take more than 25 minutes in an ice cream maker.
After the desired consistency is achieved, you need to place the contents in a bowl or a rectangular pan and cover it with a lid or clingfilm. Chill in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours or more.
Before serving the ice cream, bring it down to the refrigerator for 15 to 20 min, scoop the ice cream and serve.
*Or use 500 ml low fat cream and 1 cup whole milk
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