Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts

Naked Chocolate Ice Cream

May 27, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Naked Chocolate Ice cream

WHO: drbabs is a longtime Food52er from Long Island. 

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WHAT: The silkiest, most luscious chocolate ice cream you'll ever make. 

HOW: Make an egg-less custard base, using cornstarch as a thickener -- then freeze. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: If you're a chocolate-lover, then you've found your soul mate. And we love the technique that comes along with the recipe -- using cornstarch as a thickener for an ice cream base yields a product, as drbabs says, that is all about the ingredients.

Naked Chocolate Ice Cream by drbabs

Serves 2 chocolate lovers

3 cups half and half, divided (or you can use 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1 1/2 cups of whole milk)
3/4 cups dutch process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 pinch kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered espresso
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons creme de cacao or liqueur of your choice

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom


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Kitchen B. May 30, 2013
My daughter would love this - we're on an unending quest for great chocolate ice-cream/ Congratulations
boulangere May 28, 2013
So lovely to see you here, Dr. B!
Lizthechef May 28, 2013
Well done, my friend!
drbabs May 28, 2013
Thanks everyone! So much fun!
fiveandspice May 28, 2013
Woo! Congrats DrB! I loved this ice cream way back from when you first posted it "in the raw".
em-i-lis May 28, 2013
congrats, dr b!!!
Phyllis G. May 28, 2013
just beautiful.
EmilyC May 27, 2013
Congrats! This looks and sounds wonderful!
lapadia May 27, 2013
Chocolate!!! My fave :) Congratulations, Barbara!
healthierkitchen May 27, 2013
so chocolatey! Wonderful! My daughter will love this.

drbabs May 27, 2013
Wow, thanks y'all! This is my husband's favorite.
dymnyno May 27, 2013
Congratulations...this sounds amazing!
drbabs May 27, 2013