One of my family’s favorite treats when we are on vacation at the lake is homemade ice cream. We dig out the well aged but still extremely effective ice cream maker and experiment with a multitude of flavors. Starting the summer out with a citrus centered flavor seemed to sound delicious so I decided today’s flavor would be orange. The fresh orange juice and rind mixed with cream provides a remembrance of the old fashioned creamsicle, but fresher and creamier. The ice cream base for this recipe is a custard base; therefore it includes cream and egg yolks that are heated. This eliminates any worry associated with raw eggs. Then, just because I like a little extra crunch and spark in my ice cream I stirred in some really good quality chopped dark chocolate. I hope you and your family enjoy making this fun summer treat too.
And now, “Bon appetite, now we may eat!”
Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
3 oranges, juiced (about ¾ cup juice)
2 T orange rind
1 cup sugar
2 cups cream
Dash of salt
4 egg yolks
½ cup chopped dark chocolate
Heat cream, ¾ cup sugar, 1 T orange rind, and dash of salt to a boil, take off heat and cover for 15 minutes. Beat egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar until thick and pale yellow in color. Slowly whisk egg mixture into cream mixture then bring to a simmer over medium heat, do not boil. Take off heat and place saucepan in a large bowl with ice water. Whisk mixture until cool, about 10 minutes, then mix in orange juice and remaining orange rind. Freeze ice cream mixture in an ice cream maker. Mix in chopped chocolate and put in freezer for about 2 hours prior to serving.