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Chocolate Ice Cream 101

For an especially intense flavor, use the best-quality chocolate you can find, like Valrhona bittersweet chocolate.

  • yield: Makes about 1 quart

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring milk to a simmer. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add half of the milk to egg-yolk mixture and whisk until blended. Stir into remaining milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon.

  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat and immediately stir in cream. Pass mixture through a strainer into a medium mixing bowl set in an ice bath. Whisk in melted chocolate and let chill, then freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Store in a plastic container in the freezer.

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