The Big Freeze! CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

CHOCOLATE-ICE-CREAM-SANDWICHES

NO ICE CREAM MAKER?

 All an ice cream machine does is churn
and freeze the mixture at the same time. The churning ensures all the
ice crystals are broken up, making it smooth and creamy. To achieve the
same effect without a machine, simply whisk your semi-frozen mixture in
its container 3 or 4 times every 2-3 hours – an electric whisk will give
the best results. As soon as you see the mix freezing around the edges
it’s ready to whisk, and it will thicken up each time you whisk it.
After the final whisk, leave overnight to freeze. Let it rest in the
fridge for 20 minutes before serving.


500ml (18fl oz) double cream

3tbsp cocoa powder

150g (5½oz) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

250ml (9fl oz) whole milk

1tsp instant coffee granules

5 large egg yolks

170g (6oz) caster sugar

12 chocolate chip cookies

Pour
250ml (9fl oz) of the double cream into a medium saucepan, add the
cocoa powder and whisk well to combine. Bring to the boil, then simmer
on a very low heat for just 30 seconds, continuing to whisk all the
time.

Remove
from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until smooth, then add the
remaining cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the
saucepan thoroughly, then set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.

Warm
the milk and coffee in the same saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk the
egg yolks and sugar together. Slowly pour the milk and coffee into the
egg-yolk mixture, whisking, then pour it back into the saucepan. Stir
over a medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you
stir, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the spatula.

Pour
the custard through the strainer into the bowl with the chocolate and
cream, and then stir in until smooth. Cover the surface with cling film
and cool completely. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, then churn in
an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions or use
the No Ice Cream Maker method. Spoon into a suitable container and
freeze until ready to use. To serve, spoon a generous amount of ice
cream onto a chocolate chip cookie and sandwich together with another
cookie.

COOK’S TIP: Use chocolate with 70% cocoa content for a really deep chocolately
taste. Or look out for flavoured chocolates – Lindt and Green &
Black’s do varieties such as chilli or mint that will add an extra kick
to your ice cream.

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