Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Shards of Chocolate

This recipe for Stracciatella, one of our most favourite ice cream flavours, takes no short cuts and is easily the best we’ve made to date. It is a cooked down custard loosely based on Roger Jorgensen’s wonderful recipe for Absinthe Ice Cream, which is utterly divine.

I made a vanilla bean custard and in the last minute of churning added a stream of decadent melted dark chocolate. It’s advisable to use a high quality dark chocolate, even up to 85 % cacao, but much will depend on your taste.

So, they say our summer is well on it’s way out. But days are still warm here and this stracciatella ice cream can also be served with pancakes and waffles if it’s a little chilly where you are.

stracciatella gelato


makes under 1 l

250 ml full cream milk

500ml single cream

1/4 t sea salt

1 t corn flour

1 vanilla pod, slit in half

3/4 cup condensed milk

5 large free range egg yolks

85 g dark chocolate, chopped

creamy vanilla and chocolate ice cream


1.  Scrape seeds out of pod. Heat milk, cream, salt, vanilla seeds and pod, corn flour and condensed milk in a saucepan, stir well and bring to the boil. Then lower heat.

2. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Pour some of the warm milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Keep milk on low heat and add yolks to milk, whisking.

3.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon, until custard is thick enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon. I cook it down for a further 4- 5 minutes.

4. Leave to cool completely. Strain through a sieve, removing vanilla pods. Pour into bucket of ice cream maker.

5. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker for 40 – 60 minutes or use David Lebovitz’s method for making by hand.

6. In the last few minutes, melt chocolate in a heat resistant bowl suspended over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, leave to cool off the stove for a minute.

7. In the last 2 minutes of churning, pour as thin a stream of the chocolate into the ice cream . The chocolate will harden on contact and shatter. You can also break it up further with a fork before you allow to set overnight in freezer.

You may also like to try my White Chocolate & Raspberry, Speculoos, Lemon and Limoncello, Coconut Milk Ice Cream or Cucumber & Gin Sorbet.

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