One of the first purchases my wife and I made as a married couple was an ice cream maker. After doing our research and gathering advice from friends, we bought a Donvier Ice Cream Machine. The machine is easy to use and clean, and the hand-cranking gives us a feeling of attachment to the final product.
Our second frozen dairy-related item was the Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book. Having been lifelong fans of Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, we were willing to put our faith in Ben & Jerry. The book offers a variety of customizable recipes, and every recipe has turned out rich and flavorful.
We began making ice cream, and it became our dessert of choice. As the "contentment" pounds added up, our favorite flavor of homemade ice cream was chocolate cinnamon from the Ben and Jerry's book. Creamy and chocolaty with a touch of cinnamon, it fills the palate with flavor without being too sweet (click "more" for the recipe)...
4 oz Unsweetened chocolate
1 cup Milk
2 lg Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Heavy or whipping cream
1 tsp Vanilla
1 pinch Salt
1 Tsp ground cinnamon
Melt the unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling water.
Gradually whisk in the milk and heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.
Add the cream, vanilla and salt and whisk to blend.
Add cinammon, whisk in. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cream mixture and blend.
Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1-3 hours, depending on your
Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions. Makes 1 generous quart.Posted by david on August 12, 2004