Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce
This ice cream is extremely rich and loaded with natural peanut butter. It pairs perfectly with the hot fudge topping, or can be served over rich chocolate cake.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup natural peanut butter (I used Adams Natural creamy, but you can make your own)
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 - 2 Tbsp lecithin* (optional)
Mix brown sugar and peanut butter on high speed until smooth. Add cream, milk and lecithin* and continue to mix on medium speed until blended. Pour in ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.
*I found that this particular ice cream, due to the high content of butter fat and peanut oil, needs an emulsifier such as lecithin to help suspend the fat and keep it from separating from the liquid. You don't have to use lecithin, but it will improve the texture of the ice cream.
Hot Fudge Sauce
From Smitten Kitchen
Adapted from Silver Palate Cookbook
Yields 2 1/2 cups
This is a deep, dark fudgy bittersweet sauce that firms up on ice cream.
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon rum (or other flavoring, such as a flavored liquer or vanilla extract)
Melt the chocolate and butter very slowly in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring frequently until combined. Meanwhile, heat the water to boiling in the small, heavy saucepan. When the butter and chocolate have melted, stir the mixture into the boiling water. Add the sugar, corn syrup and salt and mix until smooth. Turn the heat up and stir until mixture starts to boil; adjust heat so that sauce is just maintained at the boiling point, stirring occasionally. Allow sauce to boil for nine minutes.
Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes. Stir in the rum and serve warm over ice cream.
Do ahead: Sauce can be easily and quickly reheated in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. Stir and it will be shiny and even again.