It’s hot out and even though I am watching what I eat I still enjoy a little indulgence, this ice cream is exactly that. Creamy, rich and delicious, with a slight tang from the cream cheese and lots of chocolatey goodness. I used my go to vanilla ice cream base and made some additions, dark chocolate and cream cheese. Need I say more!!!
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 oz really soft cream cheese (you can also use mascarpone)
5 egg yolks at room temperature from large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
6 oz semi sweet dark chocolate chopped into small pieces(I used Divine)
pinch of salt
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
2 tbs clear corn syrup (optional)
Separate your egg yolks and place them in your mixing bowl with the sugar and pinch of salt. Add the heavy cream and milk to medium saucepan and bring to scalding on medium heat. While your milk and cream are heating beat the egg yolks until they are light and creamy, add the softened cream cheese and continue whisking until the mixture is creamy, thick and light with no lumps of the cream cheese. Slowly whisk in a little of the hot milk to temper the eggs, add back to the pan and cook on med/low heat stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Using heat that is too high and not stirring can cause the eggs to scramble. Continue cooking until the custard is thick and coats the back of the spoon, Swipe a line on the back of the spoon, the line should stay intact and not run together. If you choose to use a thermometer the custard should be done at about 170 degrees.
Remove from heat, add the chocolate, let sit for about 5 minutes, stir until combined, it will be smooth and silky. Add the vanilla and optional corn syrup, stir. Cover the top of the custard with plastic wrap sitting directly on top of the custard, let it sit on the counter until it cools then refrigerate in the coldest part of the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours. Alternately you can prepare an ice bath and sit the bowl of custard in it stirring frequently until it cools. The temperature of the custard should be 40 degrees or less before you make the ice cream.
Follow manufacturers instructions for your ice cream maker.