It’s summertime and this is a question that is often asked this time of year: “How do I get a deep, dark, rich chocolate ice cream when the main ingredient is milk and cream?” Obviously, the milk and cream lighten the mix so that it looks like a light milk chocolate ice cream. So here is the ChefSecret—ultra alkalized cocoa powder is what the professionals use. For my Dark Chocolate Ice Cream I use Choclatique Black Onyx and my Dairy-Free Chocolate Ganache (see recipe below).
“Ganache” is not a scary concept, although the word may not be immediately familiar to the American reader. It’s a blend of chocolate, creams and syrups that results in a velvety, ultra-smooth paste. In the case of my Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Ganache the dark chocolate is blended with light corn syrup or honey, cocoa powder and chocolate extract and whipped until smooth. With no sacrifice of taste or texture, this dark chocolate ganache is the perfect building block for those who love really great dark chocolate ice cream.
Here are the recipes that will give you outrageous dark chocolate ice cream that everyone will be talking about for years to come. You can find these recipes in my book Choclatique 150 Simply Elegant Desserts available on our website, Amazon and in bookstores nationwide. If you don’t see, ask for it!
Okay, fasten your seat belts, here we go. It’s best to read each recipe completely before starting and to measure all of your ingredients ahead of time. Please remember, it takes a little time to produce excellence.
Dark Chocolate Ganache
This wonderful, dark ganache enriches any recipe with true dark chocolate, European flavor. It’s the chocolate ganache “workhorse” at Choclatique. I love the intensity of the rich, deep chocolate flavor. It is perfect in Chocolate Cheesecakes, Devil’s Food Cake and Deep Chocolate Ice Cream. On its own it’s dairy- and gluten-free, and while it is not as sweet as other ganaches, it possesses all the benefits and “flavor thrills” that appeal to lovers of intense chocolate.
Yield: About 2 pounds of ganache
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 3 to 4 hours
A large, heavy saucepan (3 quarts or larger)
A plastic sealable storage container
1-1/4 cups water
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder (Choclatique Black Onyx)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (at least 64 percent like Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate)
1-1/4 teaspoons chocolate extract (see ChefSecret)
- In a large, heavy saucepan, bring the water, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Whisk until blended. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Immediately add the chocolate and chocolate extract to the pan and whisk until smooth. Set aside for about 1 hour to cool completely, whisking every 15 minutes or so to keep the ganache emulsified.
- When cool, transfer the ganache to a rigid plastic or glass container, cover, date, and refrigerate for up to three months.
ChefSecret: Chocolate extract is sold in most supermarkets and confectionery shops. I like to use Star Kay White’s Chocolate Extract.
Dark Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
Rich, deep, and dark… Ben & Jerry and Messrs. Baskin and Robbins would be proud to make this chocolate ganache ice cream. It is made with eight all-natural ingredients—everything you might commonly find in your kitchen pantry, including dark chocolate. We add the Dark Chocolate Ganache to enrich the ice cream with chocolate flavor and creaminess you can feel on the tongue. As you will gleefully discover, it is like no other chocolate ice cream you have ever tasted!
This ice cream is used as a base for other ice creams or served just as it is. See variations in Choclatique (the cook book).
Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Freezing Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
A wooden spoon
A fine-mesh sieve (strainer)
An electric ice cream maker
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsweetened ultra Dutch-processed cocoa powder (like Choclatique Black Onyx)
1 cup Dark Chocolate Ganache (recipe above)
2-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and cocoa powder over medium heat, whisking to ensure the cocoa is fully absorbed. When the cream bubbles around the edges, remove the pan from the heat and add the Dark Chocolate Ganache. Wait for 30 seconds and then stir until smooth and blended. Add 1 cup of the milk and stir to combine.
- Return the saucepan to the stove and stir in the remaining 1-1/2 cups milk, the sugar and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, keeping the milk at a simmer; do not let it boil over the sides of the pan.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly drizzle about 1/4 cup of the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to temper the eggs until combined.
- Pour the rest of the egg yolks into the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent the eggs from cooking. Cook until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and your finger leaves a trace in the custard when run along the back of the spoon.
- Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
- Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the custard for at least 4 hours. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours to harden. Remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 to 15 minutes before serving to let soften.
- I hope you enjoy the rich, chocolaty goodness of this ice cream and let me know how it turns out… The ChocolateDoctor.