Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Butt Kicking Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream

OH YEAH.

David Lebovitz has done it again. I am swooning over yet another delicious ice cream creation. And I foresee this being Very Bad for the width of my hips.

Really -- if you can take a little heat -- this ice cream has a little bit of something for just about everyone.

Chocoholics
, you'll love the deep dark smoothness and the not-too-sweet homage to the cocoa bean. Chile-heads, you'll adore the slow, smoky burn of the chipotle powder on your tongue. Spice fiends, if you like what a bit of nutmeg does for alfredo sauce, you'll agree that the cinnamon in here ROCKS. Overall ice cream fanatics, you'll appreciate the ultra smooth texture of this ice cream. And no, there are no fussy egg yolks involved.

Of course, it never hurts to start with some good quality ingredients -- like milk from the Sassy Cow Creamery. And bittersweet chocolate from the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company.

The recipe is really quite simple. You start with a bit of cream and some good quality cocoa powder.
Place it on the stove and whisk it together until it comes to a nice rolling boil.
Be sure you've got the rest of your ingredients ready -- cuz you'll want to add them just as soon as you take this off the heat. If you're not fond of heat, you can downsize on the chile powder. Or use ancho chile powder -- which imparts a nice smoky flavor without so much bite.
Whisk everything (especially the chocolate) until smooth.

Add some whole milk. Then pour it into the blender and whizz it around for a while -- just to make sure it's REALLY smooth.
While you'll be tempted to drink the stuff right then and there (and you could... really), you should just put it in a bowl and place it in the fridge until it's really cold. Trust me, it's worth the wait.
When it's all nice and cold, you can put it in your ice cream maker. If you're lucky, you'll hit the jackpot in about 25 minutes or so. I'd advise tasting it right away -- but you can definitely put it in the freezer for a bit if you like your ice cream a bit more firm.

Whee.
This stuff is zippy. Like a little bitofa buzz for your tongue. And your throat. And your stomach. But you don't care. Cuz it's smooth. And chocolatey. And you can't help but think that this would make seriously kick *ss fudgecicles. If only you had some popsicle trays... Oh, well.

Yeah -- it's really that good.
You won't even want to share.

Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream
adapted from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop

2 1/4 cups heavy cream
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 tsp chipotle powder
2 T cognac

Whisk together the cream, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large saucepan. Whisk frequently until the cream comes to a full, rolling boil.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate, stirring until it is completely melted. Add the milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, chipotle, and cognac, stirring to combine. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend for 30 seconds, until very smoooth.

Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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22 comments:

  1. I want to make this, like immediately. I can't wait to unpack my ice cream maker in a week or so.

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  2. Yeah, I definitely need to make some homemade ice cream again soon. I'm a teeny bit nervous about the heat on this, but I'm still half-tempted to try because it looks so GOOD! Yum!

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  3. Shannalee -- Try it with the ancho powder if you're tentative about the heat. And go with a minimal amount, tasting as you go. Won't be a fire breather then :) And I'll bet it would be just as good.

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  4. I feel so sad that I do not have an ice cream maker...this is something that I'd definitely try...very different...looks so yummie!

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  5. oh man. I am a serious chocolate lover. that looks more than amazing.

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  6. O that looks so delicious! Probably a good thing that I don't own an icecreammaker.. (yet) as it would definitely not be good for my waistline!! But it looks so yummy... Maybe I should go and buy an icecreammaker like now, or maybe not... or.... :)

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  7. Oh my goodness, I can't tell you how good this looks! I love homemade ice cream.

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  8. You're right, I wouldn't want to share. What an excellent idea - I'm all about the chili-laden hot chocolate, so this ice cream is right up my alley! Oh, and cognac. You could put cognac in anything and I'd eat it. True story.

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  9. Nothing better than chocolate that bites back! I am mad for chile chocolate, chile brownies, chile chocolate cookies... and now this. I can see it going on my list of loves.

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  10. Wow, chipotle chile powder and cognac!!! I've got to try this ice-cream! Excellent!

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  11. Oh wow. I love cinnamon and chilies with chocolate, it's such a good combo.

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  12. What an easy & so delicious looking chocolate ice cream!
    Easy does it here!!

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  13. Definitely want to try some spicy chocolate anything in the near future.

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  14. Love that last photo! It was mmm, mmm, mmmm good, huh?! :)
    ~ingrid

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  15. Well, since neither my dearly beloved nor I eats chocolate ice cream, this one won't be hitting my ice cream maker. But there is nothing as heavenly as fresh ice cream, is there?

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  16. Love it but I don't have his book...I want the recipe!

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  17. Cathy - Recipe added! Enjoy!

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  18. I think I had something similar to this -- a chocolate ice cream with some heat and spice -- at Dream Dance once. It was fantastic.

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  19. so nice looking I think a chocolate ice cream with some heat and spice
    thanks for this link


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  20. What! Chile powder in ice-cream! That is interesting. Maybe I might need some of this too. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  21. Hi,
    This looks great! I currently don't have an ice cream maker and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share some recommendations on that. What do you look for in an ice cream machine? I totally understand if you don't want to advertise a particular brand, so please feel free to contact me directly. :)
    Thanks!
    (and it was really great to meet you guys the other day)

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