Monday, July 15, 2013

Chocolate mint chocolate chip ice cream


It's really been heating up around here and that means ice cream and, um, more ice cream. When it's hot out, I really don't like to cook as much as I usually do, but churning up some fresh ice cream is another story. After using fresh basil and lavender in previous ice creams I've made, I was inspired to incorporate another herb -- this time choosing mint -- which I have in my herb garden. Mint is perfect for ice cream because it's so refreshing, especially when it's cold. Rather than making mint chocolate chip ice cream (which I love), I decided to make the ice cream chocolate and mint. It was a great choice! We loved this ice cream and I'll definitely be making more of it as the summer continues. 


Chocolate mint chocolate chip ice cream
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 cups whole milk
pinch of sea salt
1 cup sugar, preferably unbleached
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a medium-large pot, whisk together all the ingredients over low heat. Continue to heat and stir until the mixture comes to a simmer and the sugar and cocoa powder all fully dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 30 minutes. Then cover and refrigerate until very cold (a few hours to overnight).

Place the chocolate chips in the freezer. Stir the mixture well and then pour it through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the mint and any cocoa clumps. Push down on the mint leaves with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to release any oils. Then churn and freeze according to your ice cream makers instructions. When the ice cream is almost to your desired consistency, pour in the chocolate chips and continue to churn until your desired consistency. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for another 3-4 hours.


What was I cooking one year ago?: currant and lemon cornmeal pancakes 
Two years ago?: Korean marinated beef lettuce wraps 
Three?: grilled pork and stone fruit with honey, balsamic, and black pepper glaze

12 comments:

  1. It's a heat wave here right now and ice cream is the only thing I'm willing to put any effort into in the kitchen right now!! Looks so good!!

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  2. I made ice cream in a heat wave and it just did not set right. But, it's good to have FOR a heat wave for sure!

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  3. Mmm what a perfect combo of flavors! And the touch of mint makes it refreshing for summer.

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  4. chocolate and mint ice cream looks so refreshing and delicious.

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  5. We are HUGE fans of the chocolate-mint combo around here and I love that you actually used chocolate as the ice cream base!

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  6. The AC is broken here at work, so this looks like a dream come true, love the great flavor combination too!

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  7. I love the idea of using chocolate ice cream for this! And fresh mint. That makes it extra delicious!

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  8. Amy your ice cream looks so refreshing and delicious, perfect for hot summer days!
    The addition of fresh mint is a brilliant idea.

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  9. Hi Amy, I love your ice cream, it look really good. Chocolate with mint, it sure taste heavenly and refreshing. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  10. I hear you on the heat wave, thankfully it feels a bit "cooler" here the next few days. Love this recipe, especially love the mint!

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  11. I never used to like chocolate mint but now I won't be able to say no to this! I'd love a scoop (or two) right now.

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