From the kitchen: Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Candied Kumquats
A few weeks ago, I visited the restaurant supply store, Surfas, for the first time and was completely blown away. So much good stuff (almost too much) for my little foodie eyes to look at. We’re talking dozens of European butters to choose from, hundreds of spices from around the world, sprinkles in every shape and color imaginable, and way too many kitchen goods and gadgets to describe. It was totally overwhelming, but I managed to stay focused on a few items that I was determined to walk out with: ungodly amounts of Valrhona Chocolate and cute metal ice cream containers for the freezer. Done and done.
Enter the richest, dark chocolate ice cream you’ll ever have. Now, one could argue that we’ve found a good stopping point. Right? Best. Chocolate. Ice cream. Ever. That sounds like something one wouldn’t mess with. Well, if one wants to stop here, one can. But not me! I’m pushing on…
Hello kumquats! I love eating these tart little things almost as much as I love saying their name. And they’re only around for a short window of time, so I just had to stock up. The combination of chocolate and orange is a flavor I’ve always loved, mainly because of these chocolate oranges that I would find in my Christmas stocking.
Candied kumquats and dark chocolate ice cream is a very good thing. Enjoy!
p.s. I topped these guys with Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Almonds….OMG, are those good! I may have single handedly finished the bag post photo shoot (maybe…probably…I did.)
Dark Chocolate & Candied Kumquats Ice Cream (ice cream adapted from Saveur)
Makes about 1 quart
FOR THE CANDIED KUMQUATS:
20 kumquats– roughly chopped, seeds removed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
FOR THE ICE CREAM BASE: