Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Why Choosing Between Desserts Is A Thing Of The Past

On Happy Love Strawberry, 'excess' is not a word that I know the meaning of.

Well, I mean, I know the meaning of it. I'm not stupid.

What I'm trying to say is: I love brownies. I love ice cream. I had six egg yolks rocking out in the fridge (you know, I swear they started reproducing at one point? I'm not pointing any fingers, I'm just saying; one day I had three sharing a mug, the next day, there were four in there. No one else uses egg whites in my house, so the logical conclusion is that they had a baby. Anyone know anything about the reproductive cycle of an egg yolk?). It made sense to me - and I don't mean in the weird, egg-yolk-multiplication way - to make both.

At the same time. Together. In one glorious, hybrid, taste-explosion. Heeee.

My photos say this worked.

My stomach says something very similar, but in a more 'oh GOD, this is GLORIOUS, but STOP EATING, I'm GOING TO DIE' sort of way.

In reflection, I should have made this when I had someone to share it with.

I used The Only Brownie Recipe In The World That I Can Actually Make, which is a Nigel Slater recipe, and for the icecream, I used Donna Hay's recipe which I found on Spicy Icecream (deceptively, the icecream is not spicy). However, I've copied and pasted a bit to convert the measurements to metric, so I'll stick it all up here ^__^.

For the icecream:
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
From Modern Classics 2 by Donna Hay
Makes about 1 litre

240ml milk
480ml single cream
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
6 egg yolks
115g caster sugar

1. Place the milk, cream and vanilla (including the bean) in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the mixture is hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 15 minutes

2. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until thick and pale. Remove the vanilla bean from the milk mixture, and slowly pour over the egg yolk mixture. Whisk well to combine.

3. Return the mixture to the pan and stir over low heat until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool. A good way to do this is to fill your sink with a little cold water and a few ice cubes and place the saucepan in there.

4. Either place the custard in an ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions OR place the mixture in tub, cover and freeze for 1 hour. Beat with an electric hand mixer, or, you know, a spoon, and return to the freezer. Repeat three times at hourly intervals until the ice cream is thick and smooth. In the meantime, make the brownies; they need to be cool and set by the time your ice cream has been freezing for about 3 1/2 hours or is just almost ready to be left to itself.

For the brownies:
Very Good Chocolate Brownies
Recipe by Nigel Slater. Makes 12 or 16 normal sized brownies, but we're not making normal sized brownies...

300g caster sugar
250g butter
250g chocolate
3 large eggs plus 1 extra egg yolk
60g flour
60g good quality cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

1. You will need a baking tin, about 23cm x 23cm. Set the oven at 180°C/Gas 4. Line the bottom of the baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar and butter into the bowl of a food mixer and beat for several minutes till white and fluffy.

2. Meanwhile, break the chocolate into pieces, set 50g of it aside and melt the rest in a bowl suspended over, but not touching, a pan of simmering water. As soon as the chocolate has melted remove it from the heat. Chop the remaining 50g into gravel-sized pieces.

3. Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat them lightly with a fork. Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix in a pinch of salt. With the food mixer running slowly, introduce the beaten egg a little at a time, speeding up in between additions. Remove the bowl from the mixer to the work surface, then mix in the melted and the chopped chocolate with a large metal spoon. Lastly, fold in the flour and cocoa, gently and firmly, without knocking any of the air out.

4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin, smooth the top and bake for 30 minutes. The top will have risen slightly and the cake will appear slightly softer in the middle than around the edges.Pierce the centre of the cake with a fork - it should come out sticky, but not with raw mixture attached to it. It will solidify a little on cooling, too.

5. After the icecream has been in the freezer for about 3 and a half hours, and is smooth and starting to freeze, divide the tin of brownies in half (you won't need it all. Go crazy with the rest of the brownies. You can make a lot of friends that way. Alternatively, you could double the icecream quanitites and make two litres, but whatever). Rather than cut your brownies into twelve or sixteen or whatever, cut them into small, bite-sized pieces, and drop them on top of the icecream. Don't stir them in just yet, because if they're gooey they'll just marble in too much and you'll end up with muddy icecream. Cover the tub again and put in the freezer for ten minutes or so, THEN stir it in. You might need to add the brownie bites in two batches, but if you're doing it you may as well do it properly and use loads.

Then you just have to leave it to freeze up properly (I went to a party, and returned late this morning feeling rather ill. I then ate lots of brownie icecream, and felt more ill, but rather smug and cheerful at the same time).

'This icecream makes you feel smug and cheerful' is not really the height of good food writing, but I'm sure you get the idea. Over-indulgence for the win XD.


test it comm said...

That ice cream looks so good!! I really, really like the idea of brownie ice cream! Bookmarked.

Pixie said...

Nigel's brownie combined with ice cream....and you had it all for yourself Indigo????? Humph! Will someone please send me an ice cream maker else, I'm going to have to make this by hand!!!

Maria♥ said...

Nigel's brownies are deliciously reknown but combined with ice cream, now that is definitely my idea of bliss!


spicyicecream said...

Hi! That looks so great! I can't wait to play with more ice cream flavours... Though in my defence, vanilla is a spice :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so making these tml! :D i cant stop drooling over the pics!

Anonymous said...

that looks really, really good. since you already seem to be adept at making it, i think you should just make more and ship it to me.

Eunique said...

OMG! Your blog has so much chocolaty goodness! I love you, I love you, I love you!!!

Anonymous said...

i absolutely love ice cream, i mean you'd be scared to see how I live to eat ice cream. love the brownie ice cream combo-definitely is a great marriage of texture and flavour. unfortunately, i've only made a mango ice cream once and that was with a friend's ice cream maker. i get my brownie/ice cream fix from good ol' Ben&Jerry's but thanks for sharing. one day i'll give this a try! x

Patricia Scarpin said...

This is my kind of ice cream. Sinfully delicious! And love your post, too, I'll be reading you more often!

PheMom said...

This is my favorite ice cream combo too! Yum!

Carolyn said...

Oh wow - how delicious does this look - mmmm - I want some now!

Deborah said...

I just happen to have some egg yolks that need using, now if I could just fit my ice cream maker in the freezer!

Brilynn said...

That is two amazing things crammed into one, I love it!!!

Unknown said...

ice cream and brownies? who can resist? i can't!! my God, this is delicious! we're heading towards autumn here in nz: dry and hot at daytime, cool in the evening. but i still can eat ice cream!!!

Allen said...

OH MY -- the ratio of brownies to ice-cream is unexpected and sinfully exciting :-)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Why on earth would you want to share this with anyone?? Hog the lot, I say ;)

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Omg the perfect combination!

Anonymous said...

I have never made ice cream myself and it looks fairly easy to make and it looks delicious. I have to give it a try because it looks so good.

Anonymous said...

Ice cream and brownies? Mmm, you can't beat that! Thanks for sharing the recipe

Rosie said...

Oh wow Indigo - Nigel's brownies and ice cream what a great combo so very decedent and lush - just pass the bowl over plz - drool :P

Rosie x

Abitofafoodie said...

Oh. Yum. I'm green with envy. Sadly no egg yolks have reproduced in my fridge. Most disappointing!

Chantal said...

ah yes!!!! we have something in common, yolks should never be wasted when one can make ice-cream!

I made butter almond ice cream with my left over yolks from the challenge...u kno the whole u kno ure gonna die from eatin it cuz its oh sooooo good, yeh I get that all the time! To further complicate things, my mom took the recipe I used entered it into some tool at a website called nutritiondata.com (something like that) and found out the total calories both in the challenge and its by-product :( lets just say that if eatin either kills me, I'd have died happy!

Anonymous said...

Sheer brilliance! I've seen Nigel's brownie recipe thrice in two days already; it's a sign I tells ya!

Cakespy said...

Combining brownies with other desserts=fantastic. And your combination of beautifully rich ice cream is more than delicious...it's an inspiration! :-)

Sarah R said...

oh. my. god. this looks beyond delicious!