Good Day Gourmet: Black forest ice cream

- Halloween is just around the corner, so how about a spooky trip through the black forest?  Today's Good Day Gourmet is a spooky treat that will melt in your mouth: An ice cream version of the popular dessert.

Vanessa’s recipe has a lot of steps, but it’s not too complicated. Follow the instructions below and watch the video above if you need some help.

INGREDIENTS:

Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half and half
½ cup sugar
1½ cup sweet cherries
6 oz. blackberries
2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips
4 egg yolks
Two-bite brownies

Black Cherry Sauce

2 cups cherries
6 oz. blackberries
½ cup sugar
Lemon juice and zest
2 tsp. almond extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pot, bring cream, half and half, sugar, cherries, blackberries, almond and vanilla extract to a boil.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, mix up 4 egg yolks. SLOWLY ladle hot cream mixture into the yolks, while mixing yolks and cream together. The goal is to gradually raise the temperature of the yolks without scrambling them.
  3. Once the yolks are up to temperature (I look for steam to start rising from the yolks), you can add the yolk mixture to the pot of cream, raise the heat, and cook the custard until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If you use a cooking thermometer, the mixture should be at 170°F.
  4. Transfer custard into a large mixing bowl, and while it's still warm, whisk in chocolate chips thoroughly.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let the custard chill in the fridge for several hours.
  6. Once the custard is cool, churn it in an ice cream maker (following the appropriate instructions that come with your machine).
  7. Layer half the soft-serve ice cream in a glass dish. Top with brownie bites crumbles. Cover with the rest of the ice cream. Top with more brownie crumbles.
  8. Cover ice cream and place it in the freezer to firm up.
  9. To make the black cherry sauce, heat cherries, blackberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and almond extract in a sauce pot, bringing it to a boil.
  10. Reduce the heat on the sauce and simmer for several minutes (around 15 minutes or so) until the sauce thickens to the consistency of REAL maple syrup.
  11. Remove the from heat and strain out the seeds using a mesh strainer.
  12. Chill sauce in the fridge.
  13. Serve ice cream topped with cherry sauce, chocolate sprinkles and more brownie bite crumbles.
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