Get Out Your Ice Cream Maker: Shaved Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream

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Even with my little flock of six chickens, I can get four or five eggs a day. That's nearly three dozen eggs a week. Sure, I can make eggs for breakfast, eggs for lunch, eggs for dinner. But what better use for eggs than ice cream? Homemade ice cream!

And how better to do it than to use my absolute favorite kitchen tool--the Cuisinart ice cream maker?

I'm not usually one for a lot of specialty appliances since they just take up too much room in the kitchen and create clutter. But how else are you going to make ice cream without an ice cream maker? Huh?

Okay, this one was a bit on the luxury end of the ice cream maker spectrum, but it is completely worth it. Just mix up your ice cream mix, pour it in the maker, plug it in and wait for it to do its thing. During the summer, mine lives on the kitchen counter so we can mix up a batch of ice cream or fruit ice on a whim. No ice or salt needed.

I'll admit that eight egg yolks sounds sinful. But if you only have a single scoop of ice cream, I think it should be a wonderful scoop.

This recipe is a perfect base for any kind of ice cream. You can add strawberries, blueberries, chocolate syrup, cherries--you name it. I find that adding any extras is best done at the end of the processing so that they hold together and don't slow down the freezing.


Shaved Chocolate Ice Cream
Image: Courtesy of Eggs and Chickens


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 6 ounces shaved bittersweet chocolate
  1. Combine milk and heavy cream in a large saucepan. Heat over medium heat, but do not boil. Add vanilla.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with sugar until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Mix in a small amount of the heated milk and cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Gradually incorporate the heated milk/cream mixture, continuing to stir.
  4. Return the ice cream mixture to the saucepan. Heat, constantly stirring, until the custard thickens. Do not let it boil.
  5. Place mixture in the refrigerator until it is completely cool.
  6. Process according to ice cream maker instructions. Just before the end of freezing, add the shaved bittersweet chocolate to incorporate.
Robin Ripley


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