In search of “smooth” (III) – a winner!

My struggle for smooth, home-made ice cream without an ice cream machine continues! Having tried with honey and cream in earlier attempts, I now considered it appropriate to test with some suitable stabiliser. Going with my early ambition to seek simplicity and minimum amounts of work, corn-starch became my choice.

Those following these pages already know about my great love of the so-called Sicilian gelato-type of ice cream. This egg-less, cooked ice cream base has almost never let me down, but in the past, I had always used an ice cream machine. What would be the outcome this time?


Chocolate ice cream ( Sicilian gelato-style)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate ice cream - Sicilian gelato style
Very nice and smooth chocolate ice cream, made without egg or ice cream machine, and devoid of the icy texture often associated with home-made, still-frozen ice creams
  • 300 ml (about 1.3 cup) cream
  • 400 ml (about 1.7 cup) milk
  • 125 ml (about ½ cup) sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn-starch (any other starch - like rice starch, or potato flour - should also work)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract of good quality
  • 100 gram dark chocolate of good quality (75-82 % cacao)
  • pinch of salt
  1. Mix 200 ml (0.8 cup) of the milk with the corn starch. Whip together, making sure there are no lumps left. Put aside.
  2. Pour the rest of the milk, the cream,the sugar, the vanilla and the pinch of salt in a saucepan. While stirring occasionally, bring to a boil, then add the milk-corn starch blend.
  3. On low-medium heat, barely reaching a boil, continue to stir for about five minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken slightly. Add the finely chopped-up pieces of chocolate.
  4. Continue to stir and cook until the chocolate has melted, and the base has thickened even further (about maximum 5 more minutes or so).
  5. Take off from the heat and let cool. Then, chill thoroughly in a refrigerator.
  6. When chilled, pour into suitable, freezer-safe container with lid and put in the freezer.
  7. After 30-45 minutes, take out the ice cream base from the freezer and churn with a fork or other handy tool. Return the base to the freezer.
  8. Repeat 2-3 times every 30-45 minutes, making sure to churn ever more vigorously the more stable the ice cream becomes. When the base has started to become "creamy" in consistency, remember to put a plastic film over the surface before re-applying the lid!
  9. Before serving it, remember to take out the ice cream from the freezer at least about 20 minutes before to let it soften appropriately.
Heureka - Even without using any ice cream machine, this recipe still produces a very smooth, scoop-able chocolate ice cream. Thick, smooth and very tasty, no nasty ice crystals disturbed the idyllic eating of this delicious creation.




The verdict?


On the positive side … actually, there is only a positive side to this one! The recipe was a winner!

The chocolate ice cream – despite being made without an ice cream machine – turned out very rich, nicely firm and SMOOTH!

Like most ice creams, it still needed its  20 minutes outside the freezer to soften enough before serving (and yes, if you are in a hurry, you could soften it somewhat by placing it in a micro wave oven for a few seconds …  just don’t re-freeze it later). Checking it even after a couple of days in the freezer, the ice cream had maintained all its positive qualities.

When serving it for the first time, all present connoisseurs of chocolate smiled happily, and praised the rich flavour and the nice, smooth texture. And so did I, glad to have found a still-frozen ice cream recipe that really produced “ice cream as we mostly know it”, without having to resort to huge amounts of whipped cream (none at all, actually) or anti-freezing alcohol:-D.

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8 Responses

  1. Hiljerd says:

    Hei Anders
    Takk for en super side!

    Ville gjerne sende deg denne oppskriften på sjokoladeis uten maskin og sorbet uten maskin. Det er muligens ikke rette navn på disse to desertene, men det er frosne desserter som er til forveksling lik iskrem og sorbet ….

    Sjokoladeis med italiensk marengs

    3 dl fløte
    3 eggeplommer
    – varm opp til 82 grader
    Trekk av varmen og ha i
    100g 70% sjokolade knekket i biter

    Italiensk marengs
    Lag sukkerlake av:
    100g sukker
    50g vann

    3 eggehviten
    1/4 ta salt
    1 dråpe sitronsaft/eplecidereddik
    – når det er stivt fortsett å piske og hell den kokende sukkerlaken i en tynn stråle ned i eggehvitene la piske til marengsen er blank stiv og skinnende

    Bland sjokoladesausen med Eggen italienske marengsen
    Sett i fryseren til i morgen

    Sorbet med italiensk marengs

    750 bær
    200g sukker
    Kjør i blender til sukkeret er oppløst
    Sett i fryser i flat form i ca 2 timer til den er frossen, og vips den opp (med stavmikser) før du blander den med italiensk marengs laget på samme måte som i sjokoladeisen

    Hvis du lager med solbær, bruk 500 g solbær, 250g vann og 200g sukker)

    Takk for en super side

  2. Anyuta says:

    Anders, I have just discovered your blog and – I love it so much! There is so many interesting stuff even for people that has been making all kind of ice-creams for years.;)

  3. Igor Abrahim Nascimento says:

    Hi Anders, just wanted to say that your site is fantastic and it is really inspiring to see someone so passionate about something. Keep up the good work!

  4. Sonia Mehrotra says:

    Is it heavy whipping cream or does the fat content not matter? Please advise.
    Thanks in advance

    • Anders says:

      Hi Sonia,
      Cream fat content does matter, and higher ones tend to improve the consistency of the ice cream (sometimes, though, at the price of a too “creamy” ice cream …).
      That said, most recipes on this site – unless otherwise stated – assumes that “cream” has at least a fat content of about 35 %.

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