When we were staying in Ireland a few weeks ago we passed an ice cream shop that made all of its ice cream. There were some great flavors that inspired me, like sea salt, caramel, and Bailey's. Since I have a love affair with Bailey's, I chose that; you got two scoops in a serving, so I paired it with chocolate. It was heavenly, and I knew I wanted to try it when I got home. 

I must love you guys because I had to make two batches before it was right. It's hard work being a blogger sometimes. In the first batch, I added too much Bailey's so it was really strong (which was ok) but it never really froze. It was similar to soft serve but had the consistency of sour cream. I did a fudge ripple in it, which turned out like chocolate syrup. Overall it was good but not quite right. I wanted a more typical ice cream consistency and chunks of fudge. I made it again and perfecto--it's probably the creamiest ice cream I've ever made! It's definitely my new favorite ice cream. 

Bailey's Fudge Ice Cream for Two Recipe
Makes about 3 cups
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Notes: While the directions indicate to boil the Bailey's mixture for one minute in an attempt to cook off the alcohol, I'm not sure that it ever really cooks off. I definitely would not recommend serving this to children, pregnant women, or people who don't drink. I like the chunks of chewy fudge in the ice cream, but if that's not something you'd like (or if you have loose fillings in your teeth), use the fudge as hot fudge on top or make a half batch of chocolate syrup and swirl some of that throughout ice cream in the last minute of churning. If you want to make 2 quarts, multiply all the ingredients by three, except for the egg yolks--use 5 egg yolks.  

For the ice cream:
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/3 cup sugar, divided
Pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the fudge:
5 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons water
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

To make the ice cream: In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, Bailey's, milk, salt, and half of the sugar. Heat over medium, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil. Let it boil for one minute.

While the milk mixture is heating, whisk together the egg yolks and the other half of the sugar until thick and pale. After your Bailey's mixture has boiled for one minute, slowly pour a steady stream of it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Once you have poured 2/3 of the Bailey's mixture into the eggs while whisking, pour the egg mixture back into the pan and reheat over medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and pour it through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Remove the strainer, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to cool for 2-3 hours. 

While the ice cream is cooling, make the fudge by combining the corn syrup, sugar, heavy cream, water, and salt in a medium saucepan set over medium heat, stirring frequently until thickened. This should take about five minutes.

Meanwhile microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Whisk in the sifted cocoa powder until it's dissolved.
 
When the sugar mixture has thickened, take it off the heat, add in the butter and vanilla, and let cool slightly. Add in the chocolate and mix until smooth. Set aside. 

Once the ice cream mixture is cold, churn it according to the manufacturer's directions. During the last few minutes of churning, drop 1/2 teaspoon-fulls of the fudge into the ice cream maker, using about half of the fudge mixture. Store the rest of the fudge in the refrigerator and heat slightly before using later. Scoop the ice cream out of the maker and into a bowl. Freeze it for several hours before serving. 

Ice cream a She Makes and Bakes creation based on a Cuisinart recipe
Fudge adapted from Cook's Illustrated    
 


Comments

07/25/2012 8:39am

This looks heavenly! What a great combo! We were on vacation in California two weeks ago and I had my first experience baking at a high altitude. It wasn't a total disaster, but it also didn't go quite as smoothly as it does at home. Of course, it didn't help that I didn't have my mixer, which is now practically like my third arm. Anyway, it made me think of you. So glad someone is sharing secrets for mountain baking, because I sure was clueless!

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07/25/2012 4:16pm

Oh how this looks delicious. I really need to try making ice cream. Never done it before, but this is inspiring. By the way, just subscribed to your feeds.

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07/26/2012 5:57am

I appreciate your sacrifice :P

This is gorgeous ice cream! I bet it tastes just as good as it looks :)

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07/26/2012 7:42am

Yes! That looks soo good!

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I love,love Bailey's & ice cream. Almost 20 years ago I had a taste of Bailey's ice cream at Haagen Dazz in Vegas and I was hooked:)

Yours look fantastic. Great Jobs!

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Oh my goddddd my stomach wants me to eat that now!! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious looking ice cream :)

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Wendy
07/30/2012 2:51pm

A local ice cream place used to make this and it was my favorite! I have not had it in years but will be making it soon thanks to you!!!

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07/31/2012 11:49pm

My boyfriend loves Bailey's! I must show this to him. We just bought an ice cream maker too.

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