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Chocolate tips

seeraradino Jul 17, 2013 11:19 PM

So I used one of those ice cream recipes where you heat the cream/milk/sugar/cocoa powder and then whisk in 8oz. of chopped chocolate. But it turned out really icy, and gritty. I'm wondering if its better to temper the chocolate instead of mixing it at once? Any tips would be great.

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    youareabunny Jul 17, 2013 11:41 PM

    I'm not sure the chocolate resulted in iciness. Sounds like a freezing issue.

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      seeraradino Jul 17, 2013 11:47 PM

      Thanks for the reply yourareabunny :)! I tried it again and theres fine gritty bits of chocolate all over it like it didn't combine with the other ingredients. I was wrong, it wasn't actually ice.

      1. re: seeraradino
        youareabunny Jul 18, 2013 01:10 AM

        When you make ganache you generally add heated cream to chopped chocolate and that's sufficient to melt the chocolate to make smooth ganache.

        Maybe you're cream mixture was not hot enough or your chocolate bits were too large. You can certainly add melted chocolate to it, tempering isn't necessary.

        I'm guessing that they tell you to add chopped chocolate to reduce steps, as you need to let the mixture cool before adding to ice cream machine anyway ;)

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