Makes 3 pints
Total Cooking Time: 4+ hours
Active Cooking Time: 1 hour
6 large egg yolks
1 cup raw cane sugar
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 pint heavy cream
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Ice cream maker
Beforehand, freeze your ice cream maker’s mixing bowl according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Separate egg yolks over the garbage disposal for easy clean up. If you don’t have an egg separator, transfer the egg back and forth between the shell halves until only the yolk remains.
Whisk the egg yolks thoroughly.
Warm the cream slowly on the stove. Cook on medium heat, bringing to a simmer, then set aside.
Ladle out 1 cup of the hot cream and while whisking constantly, slowly pour it into the eggs. This is called tempering, and warms the eggs so they don’t curdle when mixed.
Add the tempered eggs to the remaining warm cream. Stir thoroughly, then let cool completely.
In a large bowl (but one that will fit in your fridge) blend in sugar and vanilla thoroughly with a hand mixer.
Add cocoa powder and salt and blend again.
Cover bowl with a plate and leave in fridge for 1-2 hours, or even overnight.
Set up ice cream mixer.
Pour mixture into mixing bowl and operate according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
On ours, the ice cream is fully mixed when two “hills” can be seen forming on top. If you want to add in chocolate chips or any other mix-ins, do so right before turning off the mixer.
Pour the mixture into freezer-safe containers. This goes faster as a two-person job, as one person can hold the mixing bowl with oven mitts (for the cold) while the other pours it into the containers.
Remember to only use wooden spoons or spatulas so that the metal inside of the mixing bowl does not get damaged.
Old plastic containers from store-bought ice cream work well, just put a label over them so you don’t get confused about the flavor.
Freeze the ice cream for at least 1 hour before enjoying.
Try it topped with chocolate chips, raspberries, strawberries, marshmallows or candy pieces.