Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Ice-Cream


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Our routine has gone haywire eversince we decided to put our house, up for sale in late November last year. There were so much work involved... moving belongings and  furnitures, selling old furnitures, cleaning, vacumming, scrubbing and weeding from top to bottom, inside and outside, week in week out... until the house is sold... all that 'exercise' has left us exhausted... physically and mentally.feeling beat up

Finally.. that chapter is over..whew!
I can take a long deep breath, drawing in as much O2as my lungs could take.

Its nice to wake up to a less stressful mornings, not having to think about 'things' that needed immediate attention like lawn needed mowing, lawn is not 'green' enough, leaves strewn everywhere... this and that not working and bla bla bla...
We wanted the new owner (whoever it might be...) to move in and have the same 'warm feeling' as we did when we first moved in ... a good indication that the house is very much loved and well looked after... happy
I dont think I'll ever want to go through 'selling house' again!!!


Due to the above factor, I didnt have time to either plan or cook or bake anything special for H's and D's birthdays (and mine too) sad.
I owe you, both (plus myself...) .

D wanted an ice-cream cake but I was unable to do so...
Then he asked for 'White Cake' like I used to bake him 10 years ago.... sssshhhh....at that time, I cheated and used 'Betty Crocker's'don't tell anyone .... and I did bake him...
But it turned out to be ONE lousy 'White Cake' with horrible frosting...phbbbbt so I won't consider that as baking... as I didn't put in much thought and effort...


Guilt ridden Mom ... plus his birthday and mine was only days apart... I decided to try and make up for the 'lousy' cake with Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream...
Everything was good... peachy rosy hunky dory... leaving the tub of ice-cream in the freezer overnight...
Then came the crunch ~ SCOOPING...
Phew!!!... I nearly sprained my wrist... It was as hard as block of ice... no good trying to scoop and sawing didn't do any good either.
Panic and was a bit upset with the outcome ... I SOS on Twitter for help... Pickyin of Life is Great answered my SOS. Pickyin suggested that I leave it out on the bench for awhile and wait for it to soften... then it occurred to me... turned around and looked at my freezer temperature... it was set at -22C, anything would be like a block of ice at  that temperature...d'oh doh!!! immediately I increased the temperature to -16C ...

and what do you know...

My Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream was as soft and scoopable as the store-bought tubs...love struck


Kids were pleased .... it didn't stay 'frozen' for long in my freezer...big grin

Recipe (serve 4-6) (fr Love Food ~ Ice-cream Summer Eating)
300 ml milk
100g dark chocolate
25g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g caster sugar
75g golden syrup
4 eggs
300ml whipping cream
  1. Pour 175ml milk into a heavy based pan.
  2. Break chocolate into milk and add butter and vanilla essence, heat gently and keep stirring all the time until the butter and chocolate melted and smooth.
  3. Add in sugar and golden syrup, turn up the heat and bring the mixture to boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 4 minutes.
  5. Remove from stove and leave it aside to cool.
  6. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl and slowly add the chocolate mixture, stirring all the time. 
  7. Strain the mixture into a heatproof bowl.
  8. Using a double boil method, cook the mixture over low heat until the mixture thicken (consistency~ until the mixture coat the back of the spoon). Note: Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  9. Remove the custard from heat and stir in the remaining milk and cream.
  10. Leave to cool and stirring from time to time to prevent 'skin' forming.
  11. Using Ice-cream maker, churn the mixture according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  12. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.


21 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa,
    No wonder you've been 'quiet' :-). It is definitely a major thing selling a house. We did that when we were in Adelaide, the mental and physical exhaustion was unbelievable! Thank God it's all over eh :-).
    I presume you've bought a new house already?

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  2. Mmmhhh, it looks and sounds heavenly! What a lovely flavor.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Only one word- Yummy! :)

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  4. Lemongrass
    Yeah... We've moved... But new place has no place for vege patch :( ...

    Rosa
    Thanks Rosa :)

    Lina
    Terimakasih :D

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  5. That looks so delish,Lisa ! I'm sure it made up to those troubles and disappointments you guys went through.

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  6. Hi Lisa, I want 2 scoops of I-scream.... very refreshing and delicious. So tempting, adding this to my to do list.

    Have a nice day.

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  7. Dear Lisa,

    Congratulations on the sale of your house. It can be really stressful but settling down for a few scoops of that choc fudge ice-cream is rewarding :)

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  8. Love and other Spices
    Worth indulging :D

    Amelia
    Can... more than 2 pun boleh :D

    Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan
    Thank you... It was stressful, especially when we had 'Home Open'. Its all behind us now, phew :)

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  9. Yum! I definitely want to try this, chocolate fudge is one of my all time favorite flavors.

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  10. lovely ice-cream! A scoop for me please :)

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  11. Oh nooo... Sounds like that period of selling your house and moving was quite traumatising. Hope you're well settled down in your new rockin' pad now!!! The photos you shared of it were simply jaw-dropping. What a dream to live in a house like that! Anyway, this recipe looks fantastic, now I wish I had an ice-cream maker =( Hey, I realised my sorbet were really stiff as well and needed to be thawed. Maybe I should try increasing the temperature too lol. Thanks and have a great weekend =D

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  12. hi lisa, so have you now moved in to your new house already? wow, you got a very cold freezer! at times i wish my freezer is as cold as yours cos i got too much stuffs packed in my freezer and somehow i think they are not too cold due to that! Your ice cream looks heavenly, that will make a good replacement of a birthday cake, i'm sure your kid would be so pleased with that!

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  13. Rikki
    :D

    Ah Tze
    A scoop is not enough ...LOL ;P

    Winston
    Thank you... the new place is fantastic, lots of storage places for my growing props collection :)

    lena
    kids were over the moon with the treat :D

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  14. Hey lisa!! Its mt first time here... Love ur space... Congratulations on moving in ur new house...!!
    Awesome clicks:)

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  15. Hi Lisa! Looks like your life is finally started to settle down. It's a big life event when you move. I surely couldn't blog when we moved here 5 years ago. :-)

    I'll be trying your ice cream. I MUST!!! I think it'll be our family's favorite and guarantee!

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  16. Glad your ice cream turned out dear. Looking forward to more cold treats!

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  17. Zainab
    Thankyou :D

    Nami
    It was a good break and I took the opportunity to re-assess the situation

    Pickyin
    Hehehe... you bet ;P
    2 more cold treat will be up soon :D

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  18. quick quick, ice-cream melting! I don't need the cake, just give me the ice-cream :P

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  19. Congrats on the new place and for selling the old place. We just moved as well - super stressful so I can relate. Think we'll be living in boxes for the next month. I'm too tired to unpack now! Lovely ice-cream!

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  20. tigerfish
    hurry along :D

    WokandSpoon
    LOL... I know the feeling too well :D

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