Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Chocolate Ice-cream Recipe

Hello guys,

After our very first Mini Donuts recipe http://littleminimakers.blogspot.sg/2013/09/mini-donut-recipe-no-frying-is-required.html, the Little Mini Makers are now brave enough to attempt a more challenging recipe - Chocolate Ice-Cream!
The whole process of preparing the ingredients is actually not that difficult.
It's just the time needed to make the ice-cream and freezing it that is really time-consuming.
But it's all worth it when you see the little ones enjoying their little cups of ice-cream treat.

- 80g Hershey's chocolate chips
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 cup white milk
- 1 1/2 cup cream
- 1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Melt the chocolate chips on a heatproof bowl with a saucepan of simmering water below.
Alternatively, you may simply microwave the chocolate chips for 5 minutes to melt them.

2. Next use a hand mixer to beat the white sugar into the egg yolks.

3. In a separate saucepan, mix the fresh milk with the cream, followed by the sifted cocoa powder. Remove the saucepan when you start to see bubbles forming.

Let it cool.

4. Then slowly pour the milk and cream mixture (3) into the egg yolk mixture (2). Whisk constantly, ensuring there are no lumps.

Let the kids help with the whisking as this can help in the development of their motor skills.

5. Lastly, stir in the melted chocolate.

6. Place the mixture into a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens.

7. Transfer the custard into a bowl and allow it to cool down, adding the vanilla extract.

8. After the custard has cooled down, transfer it into the refrigerator to chill for at least 8 hours.

9. Make sure that you have chilled the container of your ice-cream maker for at least 24 hours before transferring the chilled custard into the container.

10. Turn on the ice-cream maker with the chilled custard for 30 minutes.

11. Then remove the custard and pour it into clean containers or cups to be frozen.

12. The ice-cream will harden and is ready for consumption after at least 8 hours in the freezer.

The Little Mini Makers were really pleased that our ice-cream turned out so well. The texture was so creamy and thick, and it felt like we were having Haagan Daaz ice-cream! Yes you heard it right. This recipe really produced "Haagan Daaz" tasting ice-cream. We tried making it twice and both times it turned out consistently good.

We hope that you will give this recipe a try. It is definitely well worth the effort.
Till next time, thanks for dropping by! :)