Vanilla Ice Cream with Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate
For this recipe you may either use your favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream or make your own! See below!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
- FOR THE ICE CREAM
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- pulp from one vanilla bean
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- FOR THE FILLINGS
- 8 ounces dark chocolate chopped
- 3/4 cup pomegranate
- 1/2 cup chocolate covered pomegranate chopped (optional)
- waffle cones
If you are making the ice cream:
Combine the vanilla extract, vanilla bean pulp, and the sweetened condensed milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer and then add the whole milk and heavy cream. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs yolks until they are light in color. Slowly add in the sugar and whisk to combine. At this point, the mixture should be on the thicker side. Now slowly temper the vanilla/cream mixture into the egg mixture by adding 1/2 cup of the vanilla/cream mixture at a time. Once about half of the vanilla/cream mixture is tempered in, you can transfer the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining vanilla/cream mixture. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and pour into a container. Allow for the mixture to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. and then cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
At this point, make sure you have done all of the necessary preparations for your ice cream machine (for example, make sure the container has been frozen and everything is ready to go). Now pour the mixture into your prepared ice cream machine and process per your manufacturer's instructions. This should take about 25-30 minutes depending on your ice cream maker.
Taking your now churned ice cream, transfer to a freezer safe container. Gently fold in the dark chocolate chunks, pomegranate, and chocolate-covered pomegranate (if using) and mix until the ingredients are evenly dispersed.
**Note** If you are using a store-bought ice cream. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before you begin mixing in your fillings.
Cover the freezer safe container with an airtight lid and freeze until the ice cream has reached the frozen consistency you desire.
You may eat the ice cream without putting it straight into the freezer, but it will be more like soft-serve.
The ice cream will keep in the freezer for a couple of weeks to a month. Enjoy!