Oh, and pants are pretty much optional until October.
So naturally I jumped at the chance to make MOAR ICE CREAM when Jenni, our fearless leader and ice cream wrangler over at Pastry Chef Online, asked if anyone wanted to join the reindeer games for a special Ice Cream Tuesday to celebrate the publication of Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country, by Lyndsay Clendaniel. Lyndsay also writes the blog Scoop Adventures, and she's a certified ice cream devotee. Her new book highlights fifty amazing - and local - ice cream shops from around the country.
Fellow fans of ice cream can now get this book; you can order directly from Amazon by clicking the picture of it above. If you so choose, you can also locate a local bookstore here and order it that way.
BUT!!!!! You can also enter to win a copy of the book! The details are below, so keep reading! Excitement and exclamation points abound!
In choosing what ice cream to make, I needed to make sure that someone else in the family would eat it; once pants are back in fashion in the Philistine house in the fall, I do need to be able to fit into them, after all. Since HRH wasn't a fan of the horchata ice cream, I looked for a recipe with chocolate so that she, too, could enjoy the fruits of my labor (since she didn't actually want to participate in the "labor" portion of the exercise). Thankfully, I found this fabulous chocolate and orange dream of a recipe, and I knew I had to make it. While oranges are no longer in season, citrus is just A Part of Life in Arizona, so we usually have zest and juice of some sort in the freezer, although I did nab a fresh orange at the store to make the ice cream (right now all we have is lemon and grapefruit juices).
Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream
gently adapted from this recipe at Scoop Adventures
For the syrup:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I use Hershey's Special Dark)
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 ounces bittersweet (70%) chocolate, chopped
- 3 Tbsp cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/8 tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp honey (orange blossom is a great addition here)
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp of the milk with the cornstarch until it makes a slurry.
In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, and honey and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to the heat and boil until the mixture coats the back of a spoon; this should only take a minute or so.
Pour the cream mixture into the chocolate mixture, whisking to combine.
Chill completely before churning; I recommend using two quart jars to save room in the refrigerator.
Strain through a fine sieve and pour into your ice cream maker. Churn according to your ice cream maker's directions. If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out Lyndsay's post on making ice cream without an ice cream maker.
Once the ice cream has reached soft serve consistency, pour mixture into freezer safe container. Press plastic wrap onto top of mixture (don't worry; it won't freeze to it), and fasten lid before moving to the freezer. Freeze for at least four hours before enjoying.
Now for the exciting part - the giveaway!!!! I don't normally do giveaways, since my blog is small, I had started to be more of a running blogger than a food-ing blogger, but I felt it was my duty as an ice cream lover to share this opportunity.
Here is what you have to do:
- Follow Scoop Adventures on Twitter (@scoopmuse); leave a comment, with your Twitter handle, telling me that you have done so.
- For an extra entry, leave a separate comment telling me what your favorite summer frozen treat is. Are you an ice cream sandwich person, or do you go for frozen fruit bars? Did you chase down the ice cream truck as a kid, or did you always have Otter Pops in the freezer?
Make sure that you check out some more of Lyndsay's recipes, as made (and adapted) by these fellow frozen treat fanatics. You'll also increase your changes to win the book by entering their giveaways, too. Then go make some ice cream yourself. Feel free to wear pants if you'd prefer.
- Berry Goat Cheese Sherbet from The Hungry Goddess
- Red Velvet Ice Cream from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Chocolate Sesame Brittle Ice Cream from Pastry Chef Online
- S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches with Toasted Marshmallow Malt Ice Cream from Comfortably Domestic
- Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- PB&J Ice Cream from Try Anything Once
- Hops and Nuts Ice Cream from NY Foodgasm
- Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream from Desserts Required
- Blueberry Mojito Ice Cream from Creative Culinary
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Cookistry
- Thai Coconut Ice Cream from Food Love People Lust