I promised you lots of ice cream this summer, and I’m determined to keep my promise! Which means I have the difficult task of churning up and taste-testing limitless flavors of homemade ice cream for you. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, right? I kicked off the 2013 ice cream season with Malted Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanut Brittle & Milk Chocolate Chunks, then followed it up with a couple more flavors, and then I realized… we need more chocolate! I’m a firm believer that you can never go wrong with the combination of nuts and chocolate, and have long wanted to play around with a toasted almond fudge recipe. As it turns out, toasted almond fudge is an utterly fantastic ice cream. It’s the perfect ice cream to share, but you may just want to keep it all to yourself.
This base of this ice cream is a simple sweet cream recipe with a hint of vanilla, which is accented by chopped toasted almonds and a velvety-smooth fudge swirl. You could choose to add ¼ teaspoon of almond extract to the custard base if you want an additional punch of almond flavor. I’m not a huge fan of almond extract unless it gets baked off in some manner, but if you like it, go for it here. I love the contrasting toasty crunch of the almonds and silky smooth sweetness of the ice cream and fudge ripple.
I foresee a summer full of ice cream love on the horizon. What have you churned up so far this year?
One year ago: German Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies
Two years ago: Veggie Bean Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries
Four years ago: Old-Fashioned Spice Cake
Five years ago: Pesto Pasta & Chicken
Toasted almond ice cream with a delicious fudge ripple.
For the Ice Cream:
5 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar, divided
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk (1% or 2%)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chopped toasted almonds
½ cup Fudge Ripple (recipe below)
For the Fudge Ripple:
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ cup water
6 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa, sifted
¼ cup light corn syrup
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ounce bittersweet (60% cacao) chocolate, finely chopped
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Make the Ice Cream Custard: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks to break them up. Add ¼ cup of the sugar and whisk to combine; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cream, milk, remaining sugar and salt and place over medium-high heat. When the mixture approaches a bare simmer, reduce the heat to medium.
3. Ladle out a scoop of the hot cream mixture and, whisking the eggs constantly, add the cream to the bowl with the egg yolks. Repeat, adding another ladle-ful of the cream mixture to the bowl with the egg yolks, continuing to whisk. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan.
4. Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture constantly over medium heat until it is thickened and coats the back of the spatula (it should register between 170 and 175 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer), about 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl and whisk in the vanilla extract. Place the bowl in an ice bath and stir the mixture occasionally until cool. Remove the container from the ice bath, cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.
6. Make the Fudge Ripple: In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, water, cocoa, corn syrup and salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat and whisk until the mixture comes to a full simmer. Once the mixture has simmered and the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute, then whisk until melted and smooth. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and chill completely before using. (Any leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.)
7. Churn the Ice Cream: Freeze the ice cream according to the ice cream maker's instructions, adding the chopped almonds during the last minute of churning. As you transfer the ice cream to the storage container, alternate layers of the ice cream with drizzles of the fudge ripple. Once all of the ice cream is in the container, use a butter knife to gently swirl the mixture.