Old fashioned chocolate ice cream, pure bliss on a hot summer day. We made this for our 4th of July celebration. The D-Man decided that we should add chocolate chunks and fresh cherries to “make it spectacular”, indeed it was. For those who are casein free substitute coconut milk, and prepare yourselves for a delicious treat.
½ Cup + 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 ¾ Cups Half-and-Half (from grass fed cows)
1 Cup Heavy Cream (from grass fed cows)
8 Large Egg Yolks (from pastured or organic eggs)
1 Cup Coconut Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons Chocolate Extract (optional)
Scant ½ Cup Chocolate Chunks or Chips (I cut up organic chocolate bars)
½ Cup Fresh Cherries, Stones Removed
NOTE: For those who are casein sensitive substitute the heavy cream and half and half with Organic Canned Coconut Milk
Place the cocoa powder along with 1 cup of the half-and-half into a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine.
Add the remaining half-and-half and the heavy cream.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color.
Gradually add the coconut sugar and whisk to combine.
Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and coconut sugar by slowly adding small amounts, and whisking to incorporate until about 1/3 of the cream mixture has been added.
Pour in the remainder whisking to combine and return the mixture to the saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon and reaches 170 to 175 degrees F.
Pour the mixture into a container and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Stir in the vanilla and optional chocolate extract.
Place the mixture into the refrigerator to cool for at least 3 hours (you want the base to cool to 40 degrees F or below before adding it to your ice cream maker).
When chilled, pour the base into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. When the mixture begins to thicken add your chopped chocolate and cherries.