Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with a Peanut Butter Swirl.
Chocolate and peanut butter, always a match made in heaven, come together in the most delicious way in this rich homemade triple chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
It’s 98 degrees in Colorado today, and I strongly feel that there’s nothing else to do on a day that hot except make ice cream. Turn on the oven to bake? No freaking way. The only things I want to eat when the thermostat approaches 100 degrees are cold. Frozen is even better.
So, today was an ice cream making day.
This is a Philadelphia-Style ice cream. Which only means that there aren’t any eggs in it like there are in custard style ice cream. Philadelphia-style ice cream is the more common variety here in the US, so much so, that I’ve never seen it labeled “Philadelphia-style”. It’s just “ice cream”.
Generally, when I make homemade ice cream, I lean towards custard style, which is rich and smooth, dense and even a bit chewy. But, that eggy custard also mutes the flavors in the ice cream a bit. Without the richness of the eggs, the flavors in the ice cream come through loud and clear, making it a great option if you want a strong chocolate flavor.
Which I did. And I do.
This recipe for chocolate peanut butter ice cream is adapted from one of my new favorite cookbooks.
As I mentioned in the recipe for Butterscotch Bourbon Praline Ice Cream, earlier this year I purchased Hello, My Name is Ice Cream, by Dana Cree, which is without a doubt one of the most fabulous cookbooks I’ve purchased to date.
The book is so much more than a collection of recipes. It’s more like an ice cream text book in which Dana teaches you about ice cream – the role of each ingredient, the importance of adding a stabilizing agent, why it’s important to chill the ice cream base quickly and then allow it to cure in the refrigerator overnight, and on and on and on.
As a result, I’ve really upped my ice cream game this summer, churning out batch after batch of the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever made – or eaten.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Recipe Notes
This homemade chocolate ice cream contains three kinds of chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cocoa powder.
This combination gives the ice cream a rich chocolate flavor that will make any chocolate lover swoon. It’s important to use good quality chocolate, because the flavor comes through loud and clear. Feel free to adjust the proportion of dark chocolate to milk chocolate if you like, but be aware that replacing some of the dark chocolate with milk chocolate will make the ice cream sweeter because milk chocolate contains more sugar.
Curing the ice cream base overnight is not mandatory, but it does make better ice cream.
Letting the ice cream base sit in the refrigerator for a few hours has a remarkable effect on the finished quality of your homemade ice cream. It allows proteins to kind of suck up excess water, resulting in smaller ice crystals and a smoother ice cream. It also gives the flavors in the ice cream a chance to blend and intensify. And, it goes a long way towards eliminating air bubbles in the ice cream base, creating a denser, richer ice cream.
Any nut butter will be good in this ice cream, not just peanut butter.
Melting some coconut oil into the nut butter gives it a delicious firm consistency, allowing you to layer ribbons of peanut butter throughout the chocolate ice cream. The result is firm chunks of salty peanut butter that dissolve in your mouth with each creamy bite.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream is SO good topped with honey roasted nuts and bananas.
Rich chocolate ice cream laced with peanut butter ribbons is amazing all on its own. But, if you really want to gild the lily, serve it topped with a few honey roasted nuts and slices of banana. It’s like the best banana split ever.
Two ingredients that help make incredibly smooth homemade ice cream.
Glucose syrup has the ability to bind with more water molecules than regular sugar. This ensures that less water in the ice cream forms into ice crystals, producing ice cream that is softer and smoother when frozen. I ordered mine on Amazon. However, if you prefer, feel free to substitute granulated sugar or corn syrup for the Glucose Syrup.
Likewise, xanthan gum prevents large ice crystals from forming in homemade ice cream, further contributing to a smooth, creamy texture. I also order xanthan gum on Amazon. You only need a small amount to achieve optimal ice cream texture, but the stuff will last for years, stored in your cupboard or pantry.
More recipes you might like:
- Butterscotch Bourbon Praline Ice Cream
- Chocolate Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Ice Cream Sundae Crepes
- Grown Up Root Beer Float
Used in this recipe:
butterscotch bourbon praline ice cream is adapted from recipes found in hello, my name is ice cream.
- 7 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 oz. milk chocolate, chopped
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4½ tbsp non-fat milk powder
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 3½ cups whole milk
- ⅓ cup glucose syrup
- 2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1¼ tsp salt
- Add the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt to a metal or glass bowl and nest it over a pan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan of simmering water and set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together the milk powder and sugar.
- Add the cream, milk, and glucose syrup to a medium sized heavy bottom sauce pan and cook, whisking occasionally with a wire whisk, until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil.
- Pour the milk powder mixture into the sauce pan and whisk to combine. Reduce the heat to a low, simmer and cook for an additional two minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat.
- Pour about ⅓ of the hot milk mixture into the melted chocolate, whisking until smooth. Gradually add the remaining milk in two or three additions, whisking to incorporate completely with each addition.
- Fill a large bowl two-thirds full with ice and a little water. Nest the bowl with your ice cream base into this ice bath and let it sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally until it's cool to the touch.
- Pour the ice cream base into a blender, add the xanthan gum and blend on medium speed to combine.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
- Add the peanut butter, coconut oil and salt to a medium size heat proof bowl and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir the mixture until melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the simmering water and let cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
- Pour the chilled ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions. The ice cream is ready when it's the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Scoop about ⅓ of the ice cream into a container and drizzle with about ½ of the peanut butter. Layer another third of the ice cream over the peanut butter and drizzle with the remaining peanut butter. Top with the remaining chocolate ice cream and smooth the top. Cover tightly and freeze until it hardens completely, around 4 hours.