I know enough food bloggers to know a certain truth to the breed. They all keep a backlog of various recipes, post ideas, projects and even actual photos that have yet to find their way to their respective blog pages. This can exist in any given format or for any manner of reason: ideas from blogs we hope to recreate one day, culinary inventions that exist only in our mind waiting for a free afternoon to throw together, photos of earlier creations sitting in the camera waiting for a spare moment to get written about, and much more. I even keep on hand a bunch of pictures from projects that I never actually intend to post about. Its quite easy for something that catches my eye to never see the light of a computer screen. Such was the case with this Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream you see here. This was the post that defied all probability to get featured here today.
To start with the recipe is from a book I received way back at Christmas, Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home To Yours. Yep, a baking book full of amazing pictures of pies, cakes, and cookies. An ice cream recipe without a picture in this particular book isn't really begging to get noticed let alone made and yet this one caught mine. It is a cooked custard recipe (think rich and smooth) which uses good quality bittersweet chocolate made into a creamy ganache before mixing. The somewhat low sugar content had me thinking I should file this one away for when I need another "adult chocolate" tasting desert for certain chocolate-craving family members. To make this, I would also need an ice cream maker since I stupidly gave mine away years ago -- but I could cross that bridge when I got to it if this recipe ever got to the making stage.
Skip ahead then to a couple weeks ago, back when I made my Original Plum Torte. I made this fruity torte, cake, gateau, what-have-you for a small gathering of in-laws to come back to after a night out at the movies. I happened to think it was really something special (and apparently a few blog friends thought so too as they subsequently featured it on their blogs!) but Nephew just turned his nose up it and then turned it down, flat. The reason? It wasn't chocolate! Now he is of the mind that if it is not chocolate it is not "dessert" and while I can allow people their preferences, I thought that saying so was a bit intolerant. Fruit needs to have its day in the sun too and I would never deny fruit its right to the status of "dessert". Variety makes life interesting, n'est-ce pas? Nonetheless, the episode (as I now refer to it) propelled me to run through my recipe lists in search of a chocolate recipe to please Nephew (or to at least taunt him with here.)
Tuesdays With Dorie crowd selected this recipe for their blog circle. "The Doristas" (as I like to call them collectively) choose an item from Dorie's book each week and all 200 (or so) of them blog about it and share their experiences. Its quite fun to see how one item can be interpreted so many different ways. So, while I was grateful for the reminder and confirmation that this was, indeed, the sinfully chocolate treat I was looking for, once 200 people or so blog about a particular dish, I'd say its pretty done for and I would have nothing else to contribute to the discussion. I'd put my camera down this time. (Since we're talking about them, check out the blog of one of my favorite Doristas, Mike the Ugly Dude. He may be the lone male Dorista and I think he must makes his creations in a dorm kitchen or some other type of small space. I just love the honesty of his posts and the food shots when compared to the other 200 mostly perfection seeking Doristas. (I don't say this to put them down at all as obviously I would be a Dorista of this variety too if I just had the discipline to join their weekly ranks. I always gets a big smile to see everything from Sharpies to dish washing liquid sharing screenspace with his "ugly" Dorie Greenspan creations though. Keep up the good work Mike!)
Tastespotting and Food Gawker, I was completely sold, the recipe went to the top of my to-do list, and I started shopping around for an ice cream maker. LAWD! Was I really going to buy another single use appliance? It was during a previous divestment of such things that I got rid of my previous ice cream maker. Once I decide I need something for a project there is no stopping me. I thought I would just run across the street to Target and quickly pick up an ice cream maker. OOOPPH!
Nope. I'm afraid I couldn't do that. You see, as convenient as it would have been to go just one block from my house to buy an ice cream maker from Target I just couldn't make myself do it. Target recently made a very public political political donation ($150,000!) that was targeted to fund the conservative, supposedly "pro business" campaign of Tom Emmer for Minnesota governor. Corporations are newly able to do this because of the outrageous Supreme Court decision last term that considers corporation the same as people under the Constitution thereby granting them the same 1st Amendment rights. (How many people do you know that can instantly raise vast sums of cash by selling shares of themselves on a stock exchange?)
Target's donation knowingly went right into the hands of a man who is outspoken in his opposition to not only same-sex marriage but all other gay-rights initiatives that have come before Minnesota's legislature. Hearing this really broke my heart because I used to adore meandering the aisles at Target. The company had cultivated a nice, somewhat hip design aesthetic with their products (even their pharmacy prescription bottles are cool) and even seemed to treat their gay employees well as indicated in several HRC employement guides. All of that goes out the window with this donation. "Please work for us so that we can donate money to campaigns that seek to ensure that you are unequal under the law.")
I'm usually not too keen towards boycotts as most of them are misplaced and ineffective. This one just seems so different and many seem to agree with me. I don't care if the boycott and subsequent outrage doesn't change anything...I just can't bring myself to shop there any longer. Frankly, even if you aren't gay but know someone or have a family member who is you should stop shopping there. Its time to take a stand for what is right even if it means driving a bit farther to buy a DVD. Shoot, even Target's own investors are upset with this one (as their stock price tumbles.) You see, gay people have families and friends and with each passing day they just aren't going to be putting up with this shit.
So we'll see what happens. In the meantime I'm not ready to forgive Target's transgressions against our civil rights in order to get a great price on cat litter. "Speech" and participation in the political discourse has its responsibilities and its consequences so I hope other corporations are paying attention. So I'm sorry Target, but you essentially broke up with me first. I'm dating around now. I ended up buying the Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment from Williams Sonoma and it worked just fine. I have choices. What I don't have is any pictures of the custard phase of this recipe as I was too busy stirring. Dorie herself suggested on her blog that this recipe would take well to some home made hot fudge and who was I to argue with the Godess of Bake herself? Both recipes are below and are quite good so you really ought to try them. This whole ice cream project has ruined store-bought for me just as Target's donation has ruined that whole company's reputation for me.
(Oh yeah, check out my new kitchen scale too! Guess where I didn't buy that one?)
Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
Word for word from Dorie Greenspan "Baking: From My Home to Yours"
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar
Hot Fudge Sauce
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter, cut into bits
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Bring the cream, corn syrup, sugar, cocoa and salt to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in the chocolate and butter. Return to a simmer for 1 minute more, then stir in the vanilla. Pour into a heatproof jar and use now or cool, cover tightly, chill and reheat very, very gently before serving.