A few weeks ago, I handed Joey The Perfect Scoop and told him to pick out an ice cream. Since I had made sweet potato ice cream recently, and it wasn't his favorite, I thought I'd be a good wife and make something he would enjoy. I was actually a little surprised when he chose this one because he usually goes for something more classic and simple. But I was game.
I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon, and I was intrigued by the addition of chile powder. It seems that adding spice to chocolate is all the rage right now, so consider me on the bandwagon. The ice cream base is a smooth, rich dark chocolate. You then add in the cinnamon, cayenne, and chile powder. When I first tasted the ice cream, I was surprised by how much it actually tastes like hot chocolate. Then came the kick from the cayenne. Its pretty subtle, and oddly addicting. You just keep going back for more to dissect the flavors and achieve that perfect balance of sweet, smooth, and spicy.
David Lebovitz recommends using ancho or chipotle chile powder, but I actually didn't have either one on hand. Since they tend to be more spicy than standard chile powder, I opted to add a little cayenne in addition to it. I think this gave the ice cream the perfect amount of heat without being overpowering.
This was definitely a fun and unusual ice cream, and would be a fun conversation piece if you served it at a party. I think it would be especially fun to make hot chocolate "affogato" with it. Just pour some hot chocolate over the ice cream, and serve.
One Year Ago: Company Pot Roast
Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream
adapted from David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop
makes about 1 quart
- 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 6 Tbs unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2-3 tsp chile powder
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbs brandy
Chill for several hours in the refrigerator, then freeze in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.