Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Brownie Batter Ice Cream

What could be better than putting half your favorite brownie batter into an ice cream? Um. Nothing. Deep rich cocoa flavor of homemade brownie batter added to sweet cream ice cream will fix your ice cream and brownie craving in one shot!

Butch and I have been SUPER busy. For example, we spent lots of time this weekend at Cheesetique, a fabulous cheese shop and restaurant in Alexandria, VA. Why, might you ask? Frankly, if you find that odd, you must be new. We. Love. Cheese.

But there was an ulterior motive in this case: Butchie and I were there to sample some cheeses and pick out a few for our friends' wedding catering that I am doing (with the help of Butchie and two other fabulous sous chefs) FRIDAY! AAH! Honestly, the cheese tasting had to be the best part of this job. Going and spending lots of money that isn't mine on cheese? It may not be every little girl's dream, but I'm perfectly excited about it. All my days should be filled with farmers markets, bakeries, and cheese shops. That would be splendid, and if they were somewhere on the Mediterranean that would be perfect. [Can there be Vespas too? --B.]

Point is, Cheesetique is something we have come to fall in love with. Between artisan cheese, Savannah honey company products, an extensive collection of olive oils and vinegars, and a fridge full of creme fraiche and cultured butter, we were in heaven. [If you go, make sure to try some of the sheep's milk cheeses. They are super good, and a personal favorite. --B.] They also sell Lyon Bakery bread, and if you're in the area, that is worth it...thus I will be making my friend pick up bread for me for the big day on Friday! Woot! Note: they are a Washingtonian 2010 Best restaurant, and a 2009 Best Bargain Meal. Just sayin' you need to drop in if you're in the area.

With all that going on for wedding prep, it's no surprise that we chose a less intensive dessert for our weekly baking night. Less intensive, but no any less fabulous! [Seriously creamy and smooth. Make sure to use a good quality cocoa--it makes all the difference. --B.] And for the next post I promise to finally get to Iron Chef Fennel! It's been a busy week, so let's just be happy if I don't lose my mind!

Brownie Batter Ice Cream

2 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 cup cream
1/2 "the brownie" batter recipe

In a stand mixer combine the eggs and sugar. Beat for one minute until light and fluffy. Gently mix in the cream, milk and half the brownie batter.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Allow the ice cream to churn until finished and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

"The Brownie"
adapted from Epicurious

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
Scant 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325.

Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium heatproof skillet, tarte tatin, or 8 inch frying pan. Stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.

Stir in the vanilla and add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour.

Mix half the batter with the other ingredients for ice cream.

Place remaining batter into a pan and into the oven. Bake until a toothpick plunged into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack. Feel free to eat these on their own, use as a base for the ice cream in a bowl, or crumble over the top for extra texture.


  1. Oh yeah! I'm totally saving this one to try out in the ice cream machine.
    Mmmm cheese tasting. I'll have to remember that shop for the next time I go visit my BFF. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Cheese tasting...rough. I'm impressed and envious of this ice cream.

  3. Holy yum lady! This ice cream look so tasty!

  4. If there's cookie dough ice cream, why not brownie batter ice cream! Great idea.

  5. Sounds delicious! Catering a wedding sounds like fun- is this your first one?? I can't imagine.. I thought just making a wedding cake was intense, but catering a whole wedding! I'd love to know how it turns out :) I'm sure it'll be FAB!

  6. This is gorgeous. My blood sugar is soaring just looking at the picture! Cheesetique sounds like a lovely shop, I'd be very happy there.

  7. it's 130 am and I'm trying to update my comments and I come to your site and see this brownie batter ice cream.

    This is bad for 2 reasons:
    #1 it has caused me to hunt in my freezer for ice cream...and now I am unfortuantely eating some ice cream late at night

    #2 I am officially unsatsified with my decision because it is not your brownie batter ice cream

    talk about a lose lose situation!!! So I guess what I'm really trying to say is...your pictures are awesome and I should learn my lesson to not look at them alte at night so they don't conjure up unecessary cravings :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. The ice cream and brownie combo are over the top.
    Dangerous, though to have in the house! Good Luck with catering the wedding.

  9. OH MY! This sounds and looks fantastic! Nicely done...and your cheese outing sounds like heaven! I personally think heaven is made of cheese!

  10. Really great combo! love the recipe

  11. Sounds great! I developed a brownie batter just for including in ice cream a few years ago... no eggs and a composition that prevents it from freezing into solid chunks. Chocoholic heaven!

  12. What a great idea, I have never been a fan of the cake batter ice cream but brownie batter? That's another story entirely!

  13. Oh my goodness me! This looks incredible... wow! Thanks for sharing :)

    Great blog; so happy I found you! (And beautiful photography!)

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  14. I made the mistake of looking at this while my family was around. After all the exclamations about how good it looks came the question as to when I'm going to make it. Thanks! :)

  15. I love all the recipes and pictures. if only i had the capabilities of eating all these sweets without ballooning

  16. All I can say is that I feel the need to go out right now and buy an ice cream machine


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