chocolate-covered pretzel ice cream

In dessert on June 28, 2011 at 1:44 am

since i got the kinks worked out of the ice cream-making process, i have started to get fancy. custards, infused milk, xantham gum… and crazy flavors.

salty and sweet has always been my favorite flavor combination (in everything except cocktails, i suppose…) and chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels are one of my desert island foods. so why not take them to the ice cream machine?

i went back and forth about how best to do it – vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered pretzel pieces? peanut butter ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels? – and finally settled on chocolate ice cream with yogurt covered pretzel pieces.

i supposed you could use plain pretzel pieces, but i decided they might get soggy in the ice cream without that protective yogurt covering.

so first, i made a super-rich chocolate ice cream base. adding instant coffee to a chocolate recipe is an old barefoot contessa secret (and i’m sure many others, too) to make the chocolate chocolatier, so i used two parts cocoa and one part instant coffee.

the recipe also called for half white sugar and half brown sugar, and i halved the amounts because no one likes too-sweet.

and because i had some around, i used half heavy cream and half milk.

i just have to show you this picture because i am so impressed that i took it and poured at the same time:

(the machine is spinning, you just can’t tell.)

in this batch, i used half a teaspoon of xantham gum, which was about an 1/8 of a teaspoon more than we used in previous tests, and to be honest, it was a little too much.

during the churning process, the ice cream got so thick that it almost stopped moving.

fortunately, the end result didn’t suffer, except that the pretzel pieces might not have been as uniformly distributed as i might have wanted.

serve with a pretzel garnish!


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