Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Chocolate Ice Cream

With almost 100 F around here there is nothing better than ice cream! This weekend I made two of our favorite recipes. The first one, that I am posting today, is for Chocolate Gelato. I created this recipe based on other 3 recipes I have read. It makes a creamy concoction without being too heavy, however, it is rich enough to satisfy our chocolate cravings!
I have made it with all milk (use whole milk here, please!) and also with 2 cups milk and 1 cup cream, the later being the best version. You definitely cannot compare this with a normal gelato you find in Italian Ice Cream Parlors, but is so refreshing and satisfying that here in our house is the chocolate ice cream of choice. And I definitely do not complain about making it over and over again!!


My Chocolate Gelato
3 cups whole milk (or 2 cups milk and 1 cup cream)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 oz semisweet chocolate chopped (or chocolate chips)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Combine 1/2 cup milk with cornstarch and set aside. In a saucepan add remaining 2 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and cocoa. Heat over medium heat until almost boiling; add milk/cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Remove from heat, stir in salt and vanilla.
Strain mixture into a bowl (or plastic container), let cool to room temperature and then put in the fridge until completely cooled. (Or you can put the container on top of a bowl filled with ice water and keep stirring the mixture until cooled enough to put in the fridge)
Freeze in ice cream machine, according instructions.
Note: I put a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the mixture as soon as I put it on the plastic container to cool, just so that a crust won't form.


Karen said...

If i had a icecream machine diet would be harder!

Akemi said...

Esse gelato está tentador! Comprei uma sorveteira e ainda está quase zerada, só usei uma vez. Espero que coloque mais receitas de sorvete!

Ana said...

Karen, it is not that bad, there are lots of recipes for sorbet, sherbet, and even light ice creams out there! (basicaly the ones I make! hehe!)

Akemi, esse gelato eh muito gostoso, cremoso mas bem leve, meu filho adora, eh o sorvete de chocolate preferido dele! Vamos inaugurar essa sorveteira de novo! Ah, e eu irei postar mais receitas de sorvete, volte amanha q tem mais!!


Elvira said...

All I need is ice cream! The weather is so hot, in Portugal! :-)

Valentina said...

Ana, just love your recipes.all of them,any of them. We have very similar taste in a lot of stuff. another one to the 'must try' list.

Ana said...

Elvira, it is hot here too, nothing better than ice cream to keep us refreshed!

Valentina, you are so sweet! I am realy glad you enjoy my recipes, and I love yours too!