Salted Chocolate Olive Oil Ice Cream is deeply chocolaty and decadent. The punch from the salt and fruitiness from the olive oil make this ice cream unforgettable.
I was inspired to make Chocolate Olive Oil Ice Cream after a trip to a wonderful Brooklyn restaurant. The combination might sound odd at first, but no one would ever know there’s olive oil in this ice cream.
- Chocolate- I think a bittersweet chocolate works best in this recipe, but semi-sweet chocolate can also be use.
- Olive oil- It’s very important to choose a good olive oil for this recipe. Use a fruity, extra virgin olive oil. One of my favorite brands is California Olive Ranch. I would use their everyday 100% California variety.
- Cocoa powder- I prefer a Dutch process cocoa which is darker and less acidic, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- Salt- I use a finer salt for the ice cream base and a flaky salt for sprinkling on top.
Step by Step Process
To make this recipe, start off by heating up the milk and cream. Then, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy. Temper the eggs and add them to the pot with the milk.
Cook the ice cream base for 3-5 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain through a sieve into a large bowl with the chopped chocolate. Allow the chocolate to melt, and stir to combine. Slowly pour in the olive oil while constantly whisking.
Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until chilled. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve topped with flaky salt and enjoy!
Expert Tips and FAQs
- Make sure to choose quality ingredients. Good quality chocolate, olive oil and cocoa powder will make this ice cream that much better.
- Make sure your ice cream is properly chilled before you freeze it. If you put the custard base into the ice cream machine while it’s too warm, it might not freeze properly.
Some chocolate ice cream only contains cocoa powder and no actual chocolate. This recipe contains a combination of both which makes it rich and intensely chocolate flavored.
The flavor of olive oil ice cream will largely be affected by the type of olive oil used. Olive oil generally adds richness, fruitiness and sometimes a slight bitter aftertaste to the ice cream.
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Salted Chocolate Olive Oil Ice Cream is deeply chocolaty and decadent. No one would guess the secret ingredient in this unforgettable dessert.
- 3oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, plus more for serving
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 large egg yolks
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
- ¾ tsp kosher salt (½ tsp fine salt)
- 6 tbsp good quality, fruity extra virgin olive oil
- Fleur de sel or other flakey salt, for sprinkling
- Prep chocolate: Place chopped chocolate in a large heat proof bowl. Set a cooling rack and sieve nearby for later use.
- Heat milk base: Place milk and cream in a medium-sized pot. Warm over medium heat until mix comes to a gentle simmer. Stir in cocoa and salt.
- Beat eggs and sugar: While milk mixture heats, place yolks and sugar in a bowl. Whisk vigorously until mixture becomes pale yellow, thick and creamy, approximately 4-5 minutes.
- Temper eggs: After milk mixture comes to a simmer, ladle about ½ cup into the egg mixture while constantly whisking. Slowly whisk in tempered egg mixture in the pot with the remaining milk mixture.
- Cook ice cream base: Continue to whisk or stir constantly for 3-5 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Strain: Pour cooked ice cream base through sieve into bowl with chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes so chocolate melts. Whisk to combine. Place bowl over cooling rack and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
- Add oil: Stream olive oil into ice cream base and whisk constantly until emulsified.
- Refrigerate: Once ice cream base has cooled to room temperature, cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight.
- Freeze: Freeze ice cream using ice cream machine, according to manufacturer’s directions. Eat immediately (it will be like soft serve) or allow to further set up for at least 1-2 hours in the freezer. If frozen solid, allow ice cream to come up to room temperature for about 5-10 minutes before scooping.
- Serve: Scoop ice cream and serve topped with fleur de sel and chopped chocolate, if desired. Enjoy.
Semisweet chocolate would also work well in this recipe.
Store ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2-4 months.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Simmer, Freeze
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: ½ cup
- Calories: 330
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 180mg
- Fat: 22g
- Saturated Fat: 7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 15g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 28g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 8g
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