Aztec Chocolate Ice Cream is a decadent homemade ice cream with a touch of spice. The flavours of chocolate and cinnamon along with a tiny bite from red chili flakes gives this creamy, frozen dessert a Mexican flare.
Of course you can buy excellent ice cream free from every allergen including dairy, in more flavours than you can imagine. But sometimes the whole point is to make it.
Homemade ice cream is a fun, easy family kind of dessert that is perfect for casual entertaining. My Donvier ice cream maker is over twenty years old and has served me well. I don’t make homemade ice cream too often but that insert lives in my freezer and I can actually make ice cream any time I want.
A custard base contributes to the velvety smooth decadence of this chocolate ice cream. To make custard you simply heat egg yolks, cream and sugar…how hard can it be?
The technique is to stir it often enough and remove it from the heat before the yolks scramble. Recipes typically advise, “stir with a wooden spoon until your finger drawn across the back of the spoon leaves a line.” Okay, I can do that. Then, like any normal person trying to figure out what that means I stand there stirring, swiping my finger across the spoon and wondering if that’s good enough. Is that a line or should it be more of a line?
You just need to make it to know what I mean. And for the times you cook it just one minute too long (which I have done many times) you can save it by pouring it into a bowl through a strainer.
I think an ice cream maker is a fantastic investment and perfect gift for any ice cream lovers in the family. My sister and I both have the same one so if the event is large enough that we need more ice cream we can easily manage that.
Let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite homemade ice cream or if this post inspired to make some.
|3 oz semisweet chocolate|
|1 oz unsweetened chocolate|
|1 cup milk (I use 1% or 2%)|
|1 cup whipping cream|
|8 egg yolks|
|¼ cup sugar|
|1 Tbsp honey|
|½ tsp cinnamon|
|¼ tsp red chili flakes|
|2 Tbsp vanilla|
|Zest of 2-3 limes|
|½ cup water|
|½ cup sugar|
|2¼ tsp vanilla|
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