Sunday, May 14, 2006

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

Chocolate and malt are some of my favourite childhood treats. When I was a kid, I would eat spoonfuls of Horlicks straight out of the bottle, or use whatever leftover pocket money I had to buy Horlicks sweets. I love a tall glass of ice-cold horlicks spiked with a spooful or two of condensed milk. And when the local supermarket started selling Malteses, I bought and ate so many packets that the roof of my mouth was sore for a whole week.

No surprise then, why this recipe jumped out at me from Claudia Fleming's The Last Course. I recently acquired a lovely ice cream maker which a kind and unsuspecting friend (I didn't tell him it weighed 11kg) lugged it home for me all the way from Perth, Australia. Since then, it's been ice cream galore for me and my neighbours, as I experimented with all sorts of flavours from vanilla and raspberry ripple to lime, lychee, coconut and dulce de leche. Using 1.25 cups of malt powder to 4 ounces of chocolate, this ice cream was super-malty (which I really like), though I think it could benefit from a stronger dose of chocolate. Next time I might experiment with using less milk and more cream and using more bitter chocolate and less milk chocolate to richen the texture and the chocolate factor. But for now, it ain't half bad at all.


Anonymous bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...

Looks great! Lovely pic. And what an ice cream maker. I wish mine was so professional!

10:07 pm  
Anonymous Ivonne said...

Hi Eggy,

Luscious and gorgeous! My ice cream maker gave out on me awhile ago but now you've convinced me that I have to buy a new one right away!

12:05 am  
Anonymous L said...

I love malt! This looks amazing. Beautiful photo, so melty and so cold.

1:57 am  
Blogger Nic said...

Fantastic photo. I love malt and chocolate, though curiously, I don't particularly care for malt flavor on its own. This really puts me in the mood for an ice cream cone!

5:21 am  
Blogger georgia said...

I really enjoyed this post. I drank Horlicks as a child. As an aside, a gelateria in Berkeley, CA, USA serves Milo gelato. Milo was another childhood drink.

10:36 am  
Blogger J said...

hiya, hmm, super yummy picture of super yummy ice cream - claudia fleming rocks ;) i adore that chocolate malt flavour. there's also a 'grown-up' version in michael recchiuti's chocolate obsession i've been wanting to try - he uses barley malt syrup instead of horlicks or ovaltine

3:07 pm  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

omg , y must u bring up the I crave for some HORLICKS iced.

9:06 pm  
Blogger Mochene said...

Ok, that looks too yummy and I just finished a strawberry malted milkshake.

I'm jealous. I want an ice cream maker. I want a professional model, but I don't have the funds yet, or the kitchen space, but I don't want to settle for a lesser model. I'm in a pickle. I've ice cream recipes swimming in my head.

I grew up on Ovaltine.


2:20 am  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

11kg? Must have been a goooooood friend. Hey, we should do a test one day and run the same ice cream (recipe) base through your machine, J's machine, and S's machine. Since all three are different, I'd be really curious to see how different or similar the results would be. It would also make for a damn fun post and I's sure C and W (and me of course) would happily eat the results.

10:24 am  
Anonymous S said...

Hiya, I love the Claudia Fleming recipe too! Like you, I like my ice creams creamy. So, I tend to invert the milk and cream proportions (more cream, less milk). But no one else seems to like ice cream so rich it's chewy...

6:21 pm  
Blogger oriel said...

hi...any idea where i can a similar ice cream maker with a built-in freezer here in s'pore? i have the philips ice cream maker but it comes with a 'freeze-tub' that need to be freezed up for at least 8 hrs before each use...that means i can only attempt one recipe per night!

11:04 pm  
Blogger Eggy said...

CH, that's wat J suggested to. Sounds like a plan to me.

S, thank you! Finally someone who agrees that ice cream should be sticky-chewy (like my old Swensen's favourite).

Mochene, I hear ya. I first bought the same Philips machine that Oriel bought and it never managed to make a single ice cream from that lame, chilled bowl excuse for an ice cream maker... I can't tell you how happy I am to have saved up for it.

Oriel, unfortunately, the only real ice cream maker you can buy here is the Muzzo (CH/S, correct me if I'm wrong) and it's REALLY expensive.

11:40 pm  
Anonymous Paz said...

Cool present! Keep making those delicious looking ice creams!


7:42 am  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

Awesome. Let's get J and S to set a date. :-)

10:43 pm  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

Oriel: You can buy the Musso through BATS Singapore.

10:45 pm  
Blogger ilva said...

THAT pic makes me want to take out my ice cream maker! Lovely!

8:30 pm  
Blogger shaz said...

I have the same ice cream maker which I lugged all the way back from melbourne. All 12kg of it! Im sure you agree with me that its all worth it! I have tried orange cardamon (my fave), the usuals (chocolate, strawberry) and horlicks which is similar to your malty one. I also made quite a few sorbets like passionfruit & lemon, and mango & vodka.

5:21 pm  
Blogger Gustad said...

Horlics... is that like ovaltine?

12:33 am  
Anonymous Tania said...

Lovely photo, Eggy. I can almost taste the lovely malted chocolate taste of the ice cream, which sounds simply delicious, by the way. Beautiful!

2:42 am  
Blogger eatzycath said...

what a beautiful shot of delicious-looking ice-cream - am so envious of your 11 kg ice-cream maker - gosh, it will take up half my luggage allowance if I were to make a trip down-under and 'happen' to chance upon it!

2:34 pm  
Blogger cass said...

hi, i just ordered an ice cream maker too! it's on the way to me as it was out of stock. so, i thought i'd better prepare myself first by being armed with ice cream and sorbet recipes. may i know where you got all your ice cream recipes from?

6:38 pm  
Blogger cass said...

hi eggy, thanks so much for your reply. late but still in time as i haven't received my ice cream maker yet.
i bought a no frills ice cream maker from philips. it doesnt come with a compressor. so i need to freeze the container in the freezer. i wasnt sure how long my passion for this baby would last, so better not buy an expensive one first. :)
thanks for all your advice. i will certainly check out claudia fleming's book ... i've heard people rave abt this before!

10:46 am  
Blogger cass said...

hi eggy, i tried making my virgin ice cream last night. I used a standard custard base and added lots of kahlua! the taste was really shiok... but the texture was very soft ... like mr softee. is it because there was lots of cream and full cream milk? how do i get the ice cream to be of a more solid texture?

3:25 pm  

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