Chocolate Ice Cream
The creamy richness of homemade chocolate ice cream makes this treat a perennial favorite. This recipe takes inspiration from gelato, Italy's famous ice cream. For especially intense flavor, use the best-quality chocolate you can find, like Valrhona bittersweet chocolate.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
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.
Add half 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.
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 an airtight plastic container in the freezer.