Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

It’s been a while since I acquired my ice cream maker and I just love it to bits. I’ve made countless flavours so far, experimenting with recipes from different books—Chocolate Malt from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course, Coconut from Les Huynh's Blue Ginger,and even a Fromage Blanc flavour which I adapted from a recipe for Crème Fraiche ice cream from the very handy Frozen Desserts.

Yet, for some reason, I’ve put off making chocolate ice cream for the longest time. I love chocolate ice cream—the richer the better. I love Haagen Daaz chocolate flavours, from Double Chocolate Chip to Belgian Chocolate. They are dense, smooth, super chocolatey and very, very fattening. Those were some of my most guilty pleasures. And I guess I’ve been afraid that I might screw up when it came to making my own chocolate ice cream and put myself off it forever. Yes, I know I’m being a drama queen.

Anyways, I finally got it together and turned to a book that I’ve come to love and depend on for some of the best chocolate recipes: Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet. Her recipe for Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream didn’t disappoint. In fact, I knew it was going to be better than good once I had put the ingredients together to form its custard base. It probably helped that I used a fabulous bar of chocolate (99%) that Prestat (who recently opened an outlet at Raffles City) had sent me a few weeks ago.

It was the most voluptuous chocolate ice cream I had ever tasted. Yes, even better than my once-favourite Haagen Daz. It was gorgeous eaten soft, straight out of the ice cream maker and just as delicious firm out of the freezer. In fact it was so good that we very nearly finished it all before I could take a few shots of it for this post…which would explain why you see a quickly melting scoop of ice cream in these pictures—there was just none left to top up as the ice cream quickly melted in the tropical heat.


Anonymous evan said...

such yummy looking ice-cream! reminds me of the one i had in billy bombers. dig the mugs too, very nice shot!

12:50 am  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love that! I always worry that chocolate ice cream won't be chocolate-y enough but it looks like you took care of that.

5:40 am  
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5:43 am  
Blogger J said...

hiya, ice cream can be such a b**** to shoot but as your gorgeous pictures show, you evidently didn't have a problem! have yet to try the medrich recipe - there's a number in sherry yard that's pretty phenomenal too...can't wait to dig into the luchetti ;) btw, the financiers were yumm! (thanks for sharing)

7:42 pm  
Anonymous Anita said...

Ice cream is a pain to shoot - I love making it but hate taking pictures! Alice Medrich's book is wonderful, try the cocoa nib ice cream as well - one of my faves!

4:33 am  
Blogger persis said...

I have to say a very belated thank you: I met Alice Medrich only because of you, and since then, I've met her truffles too. Cheerio!

7:34 pm  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hi guys, thanks for the compliments.

Evan, for some reason, I've never eaten at Billy Bombers before!

Rachel, yes, chocolate ice cream ain't CHOCOLATE if it doesn't give you a bit of a sore throat after :)

J, I've been meaning to make Sherry Yard's ice creams, but that too will have to wait till the monster gets shipped off Stateside.

Anita, that's next on my list. In fact, I'm going cocoa nib shopping tomorrow!

Persis, I'm so happy for you. Isn't the book just fab?

7:39 pm  
Anonymous bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...

yum yum yum! I think I have something to do in the kitchen with chocolate now! See what you started!

9:17 pm  
Blogger skrockodile said...

I love your blog! Your photography is wonderful and it's so fun reading a blog from the other side of the world. I am going to add you as a link to mine.


4:22 am  
Anonymous Mae said...

Hi Eggy, you know, if there's anything i'm learning lately is how it's so impossible to shoot kids and ice cream! But your chocolate ice cream looks so gorgeous! I like ice cream this way - soft not hard. :)

Oh, i'm loving those white cups [mine's purple-ish] and those heart-shaped spoons!!!

7:18 am  
Anonymous joey said...

I am so dying for an ice cream maker! Your chocolate ice cream looks heavenly! I like it really chocolately too :)

3:23 pm  
Blogger Dianka said...

Oh yumm, looks so rich and delicious!

3:43 am  
Blogger Gustad said...

interesting how it didnt turn out so dark as the rich hgan daz's... myabe they color them

5:21 am  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

omg ! my fav other may do cept maybe yam

8:38 pm  
Blogger shaz said...

i think its high time i put my sunbeam gelateria to use again. the last time i used it was to make mangosteen sorbet weeks ago. Because of the custard making process, ice cream is more tedious to do.

11:59 am  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hi Mae, yep, children, animals and ice cream are the worst!

Thanks Skrockodile! I'll put you on mine too

Joey and Dianka, thanks!

Gustad, perhaps it's cos the background is pretty brown too and takes away from the contrast. It was pretty chocolatey for sure :-p burp!

Foodcrazee: I like yam too, but definitely not as much as chocolate

Shaz, would you mind giving me the recipe for your mangosteen sorbet? I love mangosteen!

1:43 pm  
Blogger boo_licious said...

ok, I better go place my order for an ice cream maker tday! that choc ice cream is so inspiring.

6:17 am  
Anonymous Gingersnap said...

Am inspired to make chocolate ice cream now! So far I've only perfected my strawberry ice cream...what ice cream maker do you use and where did you get those cute white cups to serve your choc ice cream?

6:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i clicked on the link to your ice cream maker but it doesn't give a clue where i can get it in singapore. insipred to make ice cream now!

12:07 pm  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hi Gingersnap, I use the Sunbeam Gelateria ice cream maker and those expresso cups are from Ikea. You should buy the book Frozen Desserts. It's a pretty good source for different flavours.

Anonymous, I didn't buy it from here. I got a friend to lug it home from Australia for me. Needless to say, I try to ply him with as much ice cream as I can :-)

4:45 pm  
Blogger skrockodile said...

Great! Thanks!

3:46 am  
Blogger Veron said...

Hi Eggy , I've been having an Alice Medrich "Bittersweet" Binge right now myself. I just made her intensely bittersweet souffles. My hubby has been wanting to make the chocolate ice cream . I hope you don't mind , I added you to my blog's links.
Veronica's Test Kitchen

4:40 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi y'all.

I'm sorry to have to place this totally unrelated question.

Was just getting a l'il desperate - and thought this would be the most likely place to find the answer.

Does anyone know how one might get in touch with Chef Damian D'Silva? A friend of mine would like to discuss on having him cook for a function.

Many thanks in advance!

5:25 pm  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi, I'm in the market for a new ice cream maker. How do you like yours? Anything negative about it? Thanks in advance!!

10:18 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eggy, dear, I have secured the white espresso cups from IKEA but now MUST KNOW where to get those heart spoons....

11:25 am  
Anonymous CreditSwam said...

Chocolate ice-cream is also my favorite. I like it with chocolate liqueur. I will try your chocolate discovery. Thanks for the idea. Try more and share!

12:00 pm  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Hi, I am thinking of buying a Sunbeam Gelataria maker - is the ice-cream very tedious to make and do you think it works out expensive. Looks fantastic - at least you know that there are no yucky trans fats etc in it.

3:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Annette,
I tried to find the book you mentioned for this -to good to be true- chocolate icecream recipe, but i cannot find it here in the netherlands.
Could i get the recipe from you or could you tell me where i can find it?
As a thanks, you could check out my recipes on 'kookschrift van ans meijer'. I understand if it isn't possible, but, well if you dont try.....
kindest regards,

1:13 am  

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