Monday, 19 March 2012

Chocolate Coconut Milk Icecream


This is a delicious icecream and a fitting way to add a much needed post to my blog!
My apologies for neglecting you all and I promise to get back to more regular posting.

This paleo friendly icecream has only 4 ingredients in it and is fairly easy to make. If you are lucky enough to have an icecream maker it is even easier. Unfortunately it is not something I own but is something I am now considering purchasing!

The texture is very creamy and almost identical to regular icecream, but without the guilt and is dairy free (you can make it totally dairy free by omitting the chocolate and just making a different variation) I didn't add any sweeteners and I thought it was sweet enough, but if you want to add some honey etc by all means do. I don't have a sweet tooth and the cocoa flaovour of this is perfect for me. If you like things sweeter you will probably need the sweetener)

The recipe itself takes a little while to get freezer ready so be patient! It isn't something you should rush so take your time.

Ingredients

1 can full fat coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 whole eggs
100g 85% soya free chocolate

Method
Place coconut milk in a double boiler over simmering water. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl. Monitor the heat and do not allow to boil. Add chocolate and vanilla extract at this point if using.
Heat until hot and the chocolate has melted but do not allow to boil.

In a separate bowl whisk eggs. Add one ladle of milk mixture and whisk vigorously. This is an important stage  and is "tempering" the eggs to prevent them scrambling. Add another ladle and whisk again until well combined.

Return the egg mixture to the coconut milk and whisk to form a thick custard. This will take time so be patient. Do not allow water to come into contact with bowl and do not be tempted to turn the heat up too high. If you want you can have a bowl of ice on hand to place the entire bowl into if it looks like it might split or is getting too hot. This will cool it down immediately and might allow you to save it.

Once thickened place on a dish (that will fit in your freezer). Once it cools you may add other ingredients once you have choose your flavours (see variations below)

Allow to cool fully before placing in your icecream maker and following manufacturers instructions.
If you do not have an icecream maker (which I don't) place the tray into the freezer. Stir the mixture every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours until set.

Remove from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving to allow to soften slightly. Serve with fruit, honey or chopped nuts, as desired.

Variations
Chocolate Chip - Add chocolate chips to cooled mixture before freezing
Vanilla - Add 4 tbsp of vanilla extract and omit the chocolate
Berry/Fruit - Add pureed fruit to cooled mixture before freezing
Nut - add handful of your favourite chopped nuts. I think hazelnut would be fab in this recipe!

Let me know what you think!

Enjoy

xx