Recipe by Shire Born
This is a chunky, death-by-chocolate, incredibly rich ice cream lover's dream. As incredible as it is as written, next time I think I might try some rum flavoring to take it to the next level. With or without, however, this ice cream is truly one of the best.
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup pecan halves
- 1⁄2 cup roasted almonds, salted, whole
- 1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream or 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions See How It's Made
- Soak the raisins in 1 cup water overnight in the refrigerator.
- The next day, drain the raisins well and combine them with the pecans, almonds and chocolate chips in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
- Melt the unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. Gradually whisk in the cocoa and heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. (If the chocolate clumps or "seizes", don't worry - the milk will dissolve it). Whisk in the milk, a little at a time, and heat until blended. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and vanilla, and whisk to blend. Pour the chocolate mixture into the cream mixture and blend. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 to 3 hours, depending on your refrigerator.
- Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's directions. After the ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it is done), add the raisin mixture, then continue freezing until done. Bask in the decadence!