Rick Bayless is one of our favorite chefs, not only because he excels at Mexican Cuisine but because he truly loves bold flavors. He recently discover this recipe (using our favorite beer) and its perfect for the hot sunny days we been having in sunny San Diego. Here's the recipe:
Chocolate Chile Bohemia Ice CreamBy Chef Rick Bayless, whose restaurants include Los Angeles's Red O Mexican Cuisine and Chicago's Frontera Fresco
• 1 large pasilla negro chile (stemmed, seeded and de-veined)
• 1½ cups half-and-half
• 2 oz. Mexican chocolate, chopped into small pieces
• 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
• 4 egg yolks
• ½ cup sugar
• 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
• 1½ tsp. pure vanilla, preferably Mexican
• ¼ cup dark beer (recipe recommends Bohemia beer)
1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the chile, pressing it flat against the skillet with a metal spatula until it is very aromatic (about 10 seconds per side). Place it in a small saucepan, and add the half-and-half, Mexican chocolate and the semi-sweet chocolate. Heat over medium until steaming (but not boiling). Remove from heat. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes, and then pour into a blender jar and process until the chile is completely pureed.
2. Set up a four-quart saucepan, filled halfway with water, into which you can nestle a three-quart stainless steel bowl. Bring the pot of water to a boil over high heat while you're preparing the custard base. Reduce the temperature under the pot of boiling water to maintain a gentle simmer.
3. In the three-quart stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly combined. Then whisk in the chile-infused chocolate mixture. Set the bowl of custard base over the simmering water and whisk frequently, scraping down the sides of the bowl regularly with a rubber spatula until the mixture thickens noticeably (about five minutes). The custard is sufficiently cooked when it reaches 180 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. For the finest texture, strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.
4. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice. Nestle the bowl of strained custard in the ice bath. Whisk the mixture until it is completely cool. (Refrigerate if not using immediately.)
5. Stir the heavy cream, vanilla and beer into the base. Freeze in an ice cream freezer. Scrape into a freezer container and freeze for several hours to firm.