Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownie Chunk Chocolate Ice Cream

 Whew, so that name is quite the handful to say. But, I don't know what else to call this ice cream, and the name is exactly what it is. So if you're not a fan of chocolate, peanut butter or brownies than this recipe is probably not for you. But if you are, then please step forward and enjoy the ride.

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk**
3 1/4 cups heavy cream**

1 TBS vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup brownie pieces ***

**Reduced fat milk or half and half can be substituted. But keep in mind that the higher the fat content the creamier and richer the ice cream. (We have made these substitutes a few times without complaints).

*** I used brownie bites that had been previously frozen, but I think fresh would be better, because I thought the frozen ones tasted a little funky. Nate thought they tasted great though. And I cut the bits into about fingernail sized pieces.

1. Spread the peanut butter on waxed paper like you would butter toast.
2. Place PB in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until hard.
3. Meanwhile, mix cocoa, sugar and brown sugar in a medium sized bowl.
4. Add the milk and use a hand mixer on low to combine until the sugars have dissolved, about 2 minutes.
5. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
6. Turn on ice cream maker and pour mixture into bowl.
7. Let mix until ice cream has thickened, about 30 minutes.
8. Let ice cream continue to mix for 5 minutes while you drop the brownie pieces in.
9. Scoop ice cream into a bowl (that has a lid) and fold in pieces of the frozen peanut butter as you do such.
10. Enjoy.

So my probably favorite ice cream is a chocolate ice cream with peanut butter swirls, mixed with vanilla ice cream with brownie bites by Farr's. And this is the closest I think I could get with homemade ice cream.

If you wanted plain chocolate ice cream you could follow this recipe with out the peanut butter or brownies, or you could choose to add different mix ins according to your wants.

What is your favorite type of ice cream?

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