Chocolate Ice Cream

December 17th, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet

Ice Cream

Ice cream and I go way back. In my childhood, after three consecutive pneumonias and intense medical treatments to cure it completely, I developed quite an appetite as a result of the treatment (yes, it is all my doctor’s fault). Since then, I am walking on the thin line between “extra few pounds” and “over weight”. As nutritious as it is, I suspect ice cream has a lot to do with it.

To me, ice cream is what water is to other people. My source of life. The scary part is, I am really not exaggerating.

I had been contemplating on an ice cream machine forever. At the start of my research for the perfect ice cream machine, I was really sad to see that there are not that many alternatives in Turkey. I even paid a visit to some stores that sell industrial equipment, but couldn’t find a decent machine that will fit into my kitchen. My last resort was Amazon. Because of the voltage difference and a packed countertop, I knew my best bet was the ice cream maker attachment from KitchenAid. So I ordered it. It arrived on Friday. I waited impatiently for Saturday to come.

Having frozen for 15 hours, the attachment was ready to use. I quickly whipped up a custard based chocolate ice cream, took out the freeze bowl and placed it on the bowl-clamping plate… But there was something wrong with the dasher. It wouldn’t fit. After a quick look at the instruction booklet, it was obvious: The attachment that was advertised as “converts any KitchenAid stand mixer into an ice cream maker” wouldn’t fit my mixer. Was there something wrong with my baby? I didn’t think so. A closer look at the illustrations in the booklet showed that my beating shaft was actually different than the ones illustrated. My dasher had a huge round spring that wouldn’t allow the dasher to be pressed upward. Devastation!

Kitchen Aid

After staring at the machine for a few minutes, I decided I wasn’t ready to give in. So I started mixing with a wooden spoon. After stirring constantly for 30 minutes, my mixture reached the soft serving consistency. I did it! I transferred the mixture to the freezer box with my aching hand and waited impatiently for another 5 hours.

The result? Just amazing. Without exaggeration, it was one of the best chocolate ice creams I have ever tasted. It also got raving reviews from a very tough jury of eight people.

Now my mission is to figure out how to customize the dasher so that it would fit with my beating shaft. Wish me luck!

Chocolate Ice Cream

(recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking)


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces (110 gr) bittersweet chocolate (half of it chopped, the other half grated)
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice and set aside. In a small saucepan, whisk milk, cream and cocoa powder until smooth. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to the scalding point (mixture starts to foam up). Chop and add half of the chocolate (2 ounces – 55 gr) to the milk mixture and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
  2. In a stainless steel bowl (I used my kitchen aid mixer bowl), whisk 5 egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the hot milk mixture in a slow and steady stream. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until the custard is thickened (will coat the back of the spoon and an instant thermometer will read 170F/77C).
  3. Immediately transfer the bowl into the water bath (bowl with cold water and ice) to stop the cooking process. Mix in the vanilla extract and stir until the custard cools. Transfer it into the refrigerator and chill for 3 hours.
  4. Transfer the cold custard to the container of your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last 2-3 minutes of the process add the other half of the chocolate (grated). Transfer the ice cream to a shallow plastic container and freeze for 5 hours minimum.


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  1. 1 - Patricia Scarpin on December 18th, 2006

    I think that with all that exercising, you can have the entire bowl of ice cream without worrying about calories! 😀

  2. 2 - Candace on December 18th, 2006

    Ohmygosh, I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  3. 3 - Zeynep Seda on December 18th, 2006

    Cenk, what an adventure :)I am an ice cream lover as well, so bought an ice cream machine (Philips Delizia) last summer and I am very pleased with it. Since then, I tried vanilla, pistachio, cinnamon, peach, pine nut, lemon, chocolate chip cookie and strawberry ice cream; all of them were delicious! The only down side of my machine is it’s bowl. It has to stand in the freezer for 18 hours, but I still love it! I am planning to buy one for my mum, so she can prepare delicious home made, organic ice creams for my dad who is also madly in love with ice cream like me 🙂

  4. 4 - Cenk on December 19th, 2006

    Patricia – That’s exactly what I am hoping for!
    Candace – Please let me know how it turns out.
    Zeynep Seda – Freezing the bowl that many hours goes for pretty much every machine. Why don’t you keep it there all the time, so it will always be ready.

  5. 5 - nazife on December 19th, 2006

    Çok güzel görünüyor ellerinize sağlık.

  6. 6 - guliz on December 19th, 2006

    Happy to hear you got the icecream machine! congrats… this recipe looks amazing! I am waiting for more:) btw the oreo cookie icecream was awesome! you should definitely try that too!

  7. 7 - Cenk on December 19th, 2006

    Hey Güliz! Actually I have gone crazy over the weekend. I also tried sour cherry sorbet and it was pretty good. Next mission is strawberry and then the Oreo cookie. I’ll post them one by one.

  8. 8 - hesna on December 20th, 2006

    dondurmayı kim sevmez ki.harika olmuş.sunumda çok şık tebrikler.

  9. 9 - julie on December 20th, 2006

    Hi Cenk,
    that was interesting, I am so sorry it doesn’t fit. You were very brave to beat it by hand, and you got your reward;)

    I have a cheap elta ice-cream machine and it does the trick, but as soon as the attachment is finally available over here, it’s mine!

  10. 10 - keiko on December 24th, 2006

    Hi Cenk – well, I must say I’m not as patient as you obviously, you did a great job churning it by hand (more than once!), and the ice-cream looks absolutely delicious 🙂 Hopefully you’ll get a proper bowl soon, but maybe you’ll like the ‘wooden spoon method’ by the time you get 🙂 Have a lovely christmas and happy new year!

  11. 11 - Scott on March 27th, 2011

    This would be a great summertime treat but we need a waffle cone recipes! Thanks for this wonderful desert recipe!

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