Double Fudge Brownie Ice Cream and How to Change Your Mind
If you know me, you know that I profess not to be an ice cream person. If you know Colin, you know that ice cream is his jam. If you know Daily, our cat, you know she loves ice cream almost as much as Colin does. And if you really know me, you know that when I say I’m not much of an ice cream person, I mean most of the time when I’m not having an inexplicable craving for ice cream. This is life, okay?
My favorite ice cream used to be this blackberry and oreo mash up, but has since been replaced by this chocolatey, delicious version. You should probably make both to decide. Too much ice cream? Never a problem.
I’m also having a crisis of the Michael Pollan variety because I read How to Change Your Mind and thought that it might be his best work, despite my obsession with Cooked and In Defense of Food. Help?
Double Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
No churn, no stress. Just chocolate.
Double Fudge Brownie Ice CreamBy Page & Plate, April 17, 2019
This is it: the last ice cream recipe you'll ever need. Super creamy double chocolate ice cream? Check. Chunks of fudgy brownie? Double check. I used Stella Park's alcohol-to-make-chocolate-happen method but made it no-churn because who has time to churn ice cream?
Makes: 12 servings (like, at least)
- 8 oz of milk chocolate for baking (say it again: for. baking.)
- 1/4 cup of vodka, fresh from the freezer
- 1/2 cup of Dutch-processed cocoa powder (if you read this and use Nestle instead, that's totally fine)
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 15 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of brownie chunks (may I recommend the brownies found here?)
- Line an 8x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap. Set aside. (PS, you can also just opt to get one of these fancy-fancy ice cream containers.)
- Make a double boiler by putting a small amount of water in a small saucepan. Put the saucepan over medium heat. Now, get a METAL (in other words, non-meltable) bowl, and put it on top of the saucepan. The bowl shouldn't dip into the water, but just rest on top of the pan so as to capture the heat. Ta-dah! Double boiler. That was the hardest part of this recipe, I promise.
- Add the milk chocolate, vodka, and cocoa powder to the bowl on top of the saucepan. Let it get all melty and wonderful, and stir it occasionally.
- When all of this is melted together, take it off of your double boiler and set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a stand mixer or using a hand mixer fitted with beaters, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks have formed. It's okay to whip a little too much here.
- Remember that cooling chocolate mixture? Grab it and stir in your sweetened condensed milk.
- Drizzle that into the whipped cream, then fold to incorporate completely.
- Fold in the brownie chunks. You should probably taste it here to ensure it's completely delicious.
- Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cover with another layer of plastic wrap.
- Freeze for about four hours or overnight, then devour.
How to Change Your Mind
Plot: Food enthusiast, friend of Samin, and all-around super amazing dude Michael Pollan leads us through a very (very) thorough exploration of psychedelic drugs, including the past, present, and his own experimentation.
Thoughts: I’m kind of of the opinion that there is no wrong Michael Pollan can do. I mean, the man got his reputation from writing about food and how we should eat it. You know me, and you know that I’m super into that. So when I bought this book for Colin a while back at Unabridged Books, I was excited but not thrilled. It’s Michael Pollan, sure, but it’s not Michael Pollan writing about food.
Okay, wow, how wrong I was. I forgot the true mark of genius: being able to become an authoritative expert on a subject you know little to nothing about and then writing a book on said subject. I also forgot that Michael Pollan is a genius.
This book contains the powerhouse non-fiction Pollan’s known for and combines it with deeply personal narrative, some light sociopolitical commentary, and a dash of that dark Pollan humor. In other words, you’ll want to do nothing but read until you’re finished.
Verdict: For a niche subject, this book is pretty accessible. Give it a read here and tell yo frands. (I’m sorry.)