Turn up the heat and take a walk on the wild side! This recipe takes chocolate ice cream to the next level. Incredibly smooth, creamy, mild to moderate spicy (your taste preference), perfect blend of flavors!
Yields: 1 1/2 quarts, 6-8 servings
8 egg yolks (or 4 large eggs)*
⅓ cup light corn syrup**
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed cocoa)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Pinch kosher salt
2 cups whipping cream
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
3 ounce bar Amano Mango Chili chocolate bar, optional (about ½-cup chopped)
Chop chocolate bar and set aside.
Whisk cocoa, sugar and cinnamon together. Add milk, pinch of salt and crushed red pepper flakes in heavy bottom saucepan. Place pan over medium heat; stir until sugar is dissolved and milk becomes steamy (almost to a boil, about 4-6 minutes). Remove from heat. While stirring egg yolks, pour a thin stream of hot milk into eggs to temper (about ½ cup hot mixture). Gradually whisk tempered eggs back into the pan with remaining milk. Return pan to medium heat and continue to stir and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until mixture slightly thickens and coats the back of a spoon (rub finger across the back of the spoon and a trail will remain; reaches 170 degrees temperature). Do not let the custard boil. Remove from heat.
Add cream, vanilla and cayenne pepper to taste. Caution, the heat will appear slowly. Season with a small amount of cayenne to begin, taste, then wait for the heat to appear before adding additional pepper. Pour into a large bowl or other container to cool completely (4-24 hours).
Place in ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. At the end of freezing, stir in optional chopped chocolate. When frozen, scoop into a well chilled container and place in freezer 2 hours to cure (if you can wait that long - if you can’t wait, serve as soft serve ice cream).
* Why Egg Yolks? Egg yolks help create a smoother, creamier, richer ice cream texture with less ice crystals. Whole eggs may be substituted. Eggs may be entirely left out of recipe. Simply combine milk and sugar, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add corn syrup, cream and pinch of salt. Continue will recipe above or variations below.
** Why Corn Syrup? Corn syrup adds to the creamy texture and helps prevent ice crystals from forming. Also creates a softer frozen ice cream. Corn syrup may be replaced with ⅓-cup sugar. Add the sugar with the rest of the sugar in the recipe.
Freezing the ice cream quickly will help prevent ice crystals and create a smoother creamier texture. Have all ingredients very cold before freezing.
TIP - To hasten the freezing, place approximately 1-cup liquid custard in a small bowl and freeze while the remainder of the custard is chilling. When ready to freeze, remove the 1-cup frozen custard and stir into chilled custard (stir and smash to break up the frozen mixture into the larger bowl). Place in ice cream freezer and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.