Thursday, 29 December 2011

Chocolate Chilli Ice cream

This has been on my list of 'must makes' for about two years since I first tasted it at the Appleby Manor Hotel.  I love the combination of the rich chocolate, the cold ice-cream and the sweet heat of the chillies. We ate this on Christmas Eve with homemade  mini mince pies filled with my Chocolate Mincemeat and it proved very popular, although my son would have been up for even more chilli!
I am entering this for the Sweet Heat Challenge #3 'Christmas'


The recipe is adapted from a couple of different ones, so here is what I did:

Chocolate Chilli Ice Cream

600ml double cream (you can use 300ml milk and 300ml dbl cream)
200g Dark Chocolate
4 large egg yolks
100g caster sugar
3 red chillies
1/4 tsp chilli powder

Slice the chillies and add with the cream to a saucepan, include the chilli seeds.
Warm the cream until just below boiling point then leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
Strain the chillies and seeds from the cream, add the chilli powder and reheat the cream.
Mix the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and slowly pour the cream onto the eggs stirring all the time. 

Return the egg mixture to the saucepan along with 150g of the dark chocolate broken up into small pieces, heat gently stirring until the mixture thickens slightly.  Remove from the heat and let it cool in the fridge.
Chop the rest of the chocolate and stir this into the mixture once it is cool.

At this point it is ready for the ice cream maker (if you don't have one then you can freeze it in a shallow box but you will have to keep taking it out of the freezer and beating it every 30-40 minutes) once it has thickened and frozen in the ice cream maker, decant it into a box and freeze.

Homemade ice creams generally need around 30 minutes out of the freezer before serving.



12 comments:

  1. Love the sound of this, but I think I will wait for warmer days to try it.

    Also have to say eek - as I've missed out on Sweet Heat this month.

    Happy New Year Janice.

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  2. YUM! I love chocolate and chilli as a combo Janice!

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  3. Your ice-cream sounds absolutely perfect and I bet it went really well with your mince pies. What did folk think of your chocolate mincemeant BTW? Feedback I got was that it worked really well to counteract some of the sweetness of normal mince pies.

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  4. This sounds really interesting!

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  5. Oh Janice, this sounds A-MAZE-ING! x

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  6. I'd like to think I was brave enough to try this ice-cream as it sounds so interesting but I have a low heat tolerance when it comes to chilli and would probably wimp out ;)

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  7. I'm still on the fence with the chocolate and chili combo but I dont think I could say no to ice cream :)

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  8. Great looking ice cream but I am afraid I am very old fashioned when it comes to these things and prefer my chocolate ice cream straight up lol

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  9. I love chilli and chocolate so this is going to go on my list of things to try now!

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  10. I've just found your blog by googling chocolate chilli ice cream after my 11 yo created a recipe for us to have for pudding tonight. Yours looks like a great recipe too! You now have a new follower - a fellow foodblogger. :)

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  11. Many thanks for following, I'll hop over and visit your blog.

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  12. Janice, chili and chocolate together - fantastic! Thanks for linking up to Food on Friday. cheers

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I love to read your comments and try to reply when I can, please let me know if you make one of my recipes or if you have any questions I will try to answer them. Janice

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