Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

When Kavey announced that her Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream challenge this month was for chocolate, how could I not enter? Making ice-cream without an ice-cream maker is not my favourite activity, but after the success I'd had with my chilli chocolate ice-cream a few months ago, I was willing to give it another go. Decision made, I turned immediately to Ben Vear's Make your own organic ice-cream to see what other chocolate delights he had waiting in store for me to try. Ah ha, a recipe for chocolate brownie ice-cream.

First thing to do was make some brownies then. I used this recipe for almond toffee brownies using 85% dark chocolate (G&B) and instead of using 3 eggs yolks, I used 1 duck egg yolk and 1 whole duck egg. Oh, a handful of chopped walnuts were also thrown in. I slightly overcooked the brownies, so they went crunchy rather than toffee like, but were certainly not cakey. This suited me fine as I thought the crunchy texture would go well with the smooth ice-cream.

This is how I made the ice-cream:
  • Placed a medium pan over a low heat and poured in 200ml double cream and 200ml milk.
  • Added 75g caster sugar and 80g 85% dark chocolate (G&B).
  • Whisked 1 duck egg in a bowl with 75g caster sugar until thick and pale.
  • Poured the hot milk into the egg mixture and whisked until all incorporated.
  • Returned the mixture to the pan and stirred over a low heat for about 15 minutes until the mixture had turned to custard, ie thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Poured into a plastic container and placed in the freezer for an hour.
  • Removed from the freezer and blended thoroughly with a stick blender to prevent ice crystals forming.
  • Returned to the freezer.
  • Repeated this process twice more.
  • Stirred in 1 large brownie cut into small pieces (about 100g).
  • Left to freeze completely.
As I expected, the result was delicious and the crunch of the brownie made an interesting contrast to the creamy smoothness of the ice-cream. The permutations for this are endless, you could use any number of different brownie recipes to give varying flavours and textures as well as flavouring the actual ice-cream with chilli, orange, cinnamon or whatever else grabs your fancy. Next time - yes I really think there might be a next time - I'd like to try a fudgy type of brownie to see how the it compares.

The day I served this up, it was really hot, so the ice-cream had virtually melted before I could take a photograph - that's my excuse for rubbish photographs this time! I served this with some of Dom's white chocolate sauce, although it really didn't need it.

If ice-cream is your thing, I suggest you have a look at the Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream round-ups on Kavey's blog Kavey Eats - you'll see some fabulous creations.

37 comments:

  1. A-mazing. Chocolate ice cream and brownies are two of my favourite things in the whole world. Best combination ever :-)

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    1. Little Loaf - I trust you in all things ice-cream!

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  2. Oh yes, brownies in chocolate ice cream sounds so good. Did you find that blending the ice cream (because of non machine method) broke the brownie down more than you would have liked or did the pieces stay fairly chunky?
    Am adding your post to the round up right now!
    x

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    1. Kavey, thanks for pointing the chunky bit out. I made a mistake when writing out what I did and have now changed it. I actually added the brownie chunks after I'd blended for the last time - otherwise there would have been no chunks at all.

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  3. How great is that, you get to make a batch of brownies and then ice cream.....all chocolate! Did you eat any of the brownies before you made the ice cream? Just checking.....Karen

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    1. What I can tell you Karen, is that I ate a lot of the brownies after I made the ice-cream ;-)

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  4. good lord, surely this is ice cream porn... brownies... chocolate ice cream... white chocolate sauce... bloody hell! I am drooling...

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    1. Well don't drool over my ice cream!

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  5. This sounds delicious, Choclette. The concept of adding brownies to chocolate ice cream reminds me of one of my favorite ice cream creations at Cold Stone Creamery (a ice creme chain in the US with lots of different mix ins). The next time I have left-over brownies hanging about I'm going to mix them into chocolate ice cream :)

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    1. Thanks JW. Great name, Cold Stone Creamery. Do you ever have brownies hanging about?

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  6. What a brilliant idea. Yet again your pictures have left me craving for chocolate x

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    1. Thank you - I am doing my job right then ;-)

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  7. What could be better than a chocolate ice cream with brownie chunks! Adding a white chocolate sauce, is for me a combination that sounds almost too good to be true. I hope to see more of your ice cream creations over the summer :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura. Chocolate overload or chocolate heaven? I think I prefer the latter. And yes, I hope to make a few more this year.

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  8. Amazing recipe, I could just eat a bowlful...or two...I will have to get my ice cream maker out and have a go. :-))

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    1. Thanks Susan - you have an ice cream maker and you're not using it???

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  9. Oh my... I think you've just created the best thing ever! Dom's right, that's some serious ice cream porn!

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    1. Thanks Jo - it is rather good, but I think the chilli ice-cream might be one step ahead!

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  10. Oh yum! A very great idea ! Love chocolate ice cream & even better with brownies! Simply marvelous! :)

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    1. Thank you Kit - chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate :)

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  11. Oh wow-that sounds so good...

    I rarely make ice cream but this time may well be tempted...

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    1. GD, I hadn't made ice-cream in years until recently, but it is very rewarding and not nearly as time consuming as I'd remembered.

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  12. Naughty!! I like it :) Do you have a competiton coming soon I have something choclatey I would love to enter!

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    1. Not sure what you mean by a competition, but Coffee is the ingredients for this month's We Should Cocoa!

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  13. I am drooling! Looks so chocolaty...

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    1. Using really dark chocolate makes for a great tasting chocolate ice-cream.

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  14. That looks gorgeous and creamy Choclette - I'm very impressed that you made custard from scratch and your own brownies to add too! Yum. Must dust off ice-cream maker soon!

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    1. Ooh Caroline, you have an ice-cream maker and you're not using it?

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  15. Do you think it's possible to post me some? Might be a bit risky but it sounds so good!

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    1. Hmmm, now I wonder, ice-cream by post. There must be a business opportunity in that somewhere!

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  16. 1. Chocolate
    2. Brownies
    3. Ice Cream
    All my favourite ingredients put into one recipe.
    YUM!

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    1. This must have been made just for you then Ellen

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  17. Your chocolate brownie ice-cream rocks!

    I have made it a few days ago & my hubby & family loved it so much! a great invention!!!

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    1. Wonderful to hear Sophie, thank you :)

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  18. Finally a good ice cream recipe that i can try. I have the ice cream maker but never really used it properly so will defo be having a bash at this one.

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  19. This blog is a chocholic's dream! Being one myself I thank you! Wonderful recipes and love your blog! xxx

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  20. What a great way to make ice cream. I thought about getting an expensive machine until reading this. Thanks for the technique : )

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