Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 14h 20m

Makes About 1 Quart

Scalded cream and bittersweet chocolate make up the classic French mixture called ganache. Usually used for making truffles, ganache is the perfect base for extra-rich chocolate ice cream. Use the best quality chocolate you can find: the better the chocolate, the better the ice cream.


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a small mixing bowl, beat the sugar into the egg yolks until thickened and pale yellow. Set aside.

Bring the milk to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Whisk in the cocoa and bring the milk back to a simmer. Simmer 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly beat the hot milk and cocoa into the eggs and sugar. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble. Remove from the heat and pour the hot chocolate custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Set aside while you prepare the ganache.

Bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Immediately remove from the heat and pour the cream over the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Combine the chocolate mixtures, then stir in the vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.

Stir the chilled custard, then freeze in 1 or 2 batches in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.


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    Serving size = 1 cup

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.

  • RecID 4610

    nutrition information per serving

    680 calories; 49g total fat; 233mg cholesterol; 80mg sodium; 62g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 8g protein

    These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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