Irish Chocolate Ice Cream

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream

4 beaten egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup half-and-half or light cream

3 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals

1/4 cup Irish whiskey or bourbon whiskey

2 cups whipping cream

In a heavy medium saucepan combine the egg yolks, sugar, milk, half-and-half or light cream, chocolate, and coffee crystals. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly; remove from heat. Beat mixture with a rotary beater until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cool thoroughly by placing bowl in a sink or large bowl of ice water; stir occasionally. Stir in whiskey.

In a large mixing bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Fold in cooled chocolate mixture. Pour into an 8 x 8 x 2-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze at least 8 hours or overnight until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Makes about 12 servings (1-1/2 quarts).

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