Did you know that today is Chocolate Ice Cream Day? We suggest you celebrate by enjoying a big bowl- maybe even when the kids go to bed, especially since we have a unique recipe with chili peppers.
In this recipe you will be surprised at how well chocolate and chili pepper combine. In this case, pasillachili gives the recipe a subtle heat, and to enhance the flavor complexity add beer to the mix to get one of the most exciting and delicious chocolate ice creams that you will ever have.
Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice Cream
This recipe combines chocolate with chili pepper and almost wine-like taste of upscale Mexican beer Bohemia. Cold to the touch and sweet to the tongue, each bite is sure to inspire.
Makes 1 quart
· 1 large pasilla negro chile, stemmed, seeded, deveined
· 1 1/3 cups half-and-half
· 2 ounces Mexican chocolate, chopped into small pieces
· 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
· 4 egg yolks
· ½ cup sugar
· 1 1/3 cups heavy (whipping) cream
· 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla, preferably Mexican
· ¼ cup Bohemia Beer
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1. In a small skillet heated over medium, toast the chile, pressing it flat against the skillet with a metal spatula until it is very aromatic—about 10 seconds per side. Place in a small saucepan, add the half-and-half, Mexican chocolate and the semi-sweet chocolate, and heat over medium until steaming (but not boiling). Remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes, then pour into a blender jar and process until the chile is completely pureed.
2. Set up a 4-quart saucepan, filled halfway with water, into which you can nestle a 3-quart stainless steel bowl. Bring the pot of water to a boil over high heat while you’re preparing the custard base. Reduce the temperature under the pot of boiling water to maintain a gentle simmer.
3. In the 3-quart stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly combined, then whisk in the chile-infused chocolate mixture. Set the bowl of custard base over the simmering water and whisk frequently, scraping down the sides of the bowl regularly with a rubber spatula, until the mixture thickens noticeably, about 5 minutes. The custard is sufficiently cooked when it reaches 180 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. (You can also test it by dipping a wooden spoon into the custard, then running your finger through the custard: if the line holds clearly, the custard has thickened sufficiently.) For the finest texture, strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.
4. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice. Nestle the bowl of strained custard in the ice bath. Whisk the mixture until it is completely cool. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
5. Stir the heavy cream, vanilla and Bohemia into the base. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Scrape into a freezer container and freeze for several hours to firm.
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