Friday, September 16, 2011

Rocky Road Ice Cream (Eggless)

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I love my ice cream maker, and I've been wanting to make ice cream for such  a long time now. My last flavor, the Loaded Caramel Ice Cream was such a big hit. Unfortunately, for some reason, my favorite brand of whipping cream was off the shelves for over a month! Imagine my disappointment. When it finally came back, I decided to try something new, and this was the first thing I made. It was really yummy!
When it comes to ice cream flavors, my husband and I are very different. My favorite flavors are dark chocolate and caramel, and his favorite flavor is vanilla. Every time I ask him, "What flavor do you think I should make?", he almost always responds "Vanilla!" So strange because he loves dark chocolate, and dark chocolate cake. But when it comes to ice cream, it just cannot be dark! It was obviously time for a compromise. Light chocolate ice cream it would have to be.
I used a lot more walnuts than needed, but I guess that's just the way we like it. My husband and I love walnuts! You could reduce the amount of walnuts in the recipe. 

Rocky Road Ice Cream
Adapted from

1 (400g) can condensed milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup drinking chocolate/powdered hot chocolate mix
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup full-fat, milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/4 - 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used only 1/4 cup)

1. Combine the condensed milk, cocoa powder and drinking chocolate and stir well to combine.
2. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
3. Take it off the heat, and stir in the cream and milk and mix well.
4. When the mixture has cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours until chilled.
5. Freeze in your ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's direction.
6. When the ice cream has reached the soft-serve stage, stop the machine, and stir in the walnuts, marshmallows and chocolate chips.
7. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

To make this ice cream without an ice cream maker, you can read David Lebovitz's instructions here.

I love how easy this was to make. There is no custard to be made, and the actual cooking time was just 5 minutes. And the fact that it is eggless makes it less rich, and with all those walnuts and chocolate chips, it might have been too rich to have an egg-based custard. The flavor of the toasted walnuts was brilliant with the chocolate, and of course the marshmallows and chocolate chips make this ice cream really rocky, and really delicious!
On a personal note, the hunt continues. We have one month to finalize a place to live, and I am praying and looking harder than ever. We came to close to settling on one place, but I am glad we didn't because we were not completely satisfied. No point in settling for less than what you want, right? So we're waiting and trusting God to take us to the right place.

Thanks again to all those who emailed me and left comments with your wishes, prayers and good thoughts! I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful community!
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Sandra's Easy Cooking said...

Your Ice-cream sound so delicious..I love this flavor that you used, very tasty looking for sure! And I love your photos!!!! Hope everything is going well with the move? Have a wonderful Friday!

Raghavender Mahalingam said...

Thanks Marsha for the posting the recipe, Will ask my wife to try this.  Wish you were near some in chennai :( Lol ,  Would have gatecrashed and grabbed my scoop !

MadAboutMacarons said...

Wow. With all these yummy walnuts and marshmallows, it's just as well there were no eggs.  Looks absolutely scrumptious, Marsha.  Isn't it funny about your different ice cream tastes?  Your hubby is a lucky man to get such a compromise.  
Thinking of you just now on finding your nest. Quite right to look for better.  The right place will turn up soon.  It's just a few ice creams away.  Hugs, Jill xo

Umm Mymoonah said...

This is so yumm, I love the texture of this ice cream.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

don't worry you will find something and it will be perfect. This ice cream looks fantastic. I love ice cream that doesn't involve eggs. So much easier and better to enjoy! The idea of a light chocolate is a perfect compromise! 

Amanda said...

Your ice cream looks amazing! Love the fact that it's eggless too! (no chances of getting salmonella). And I'll be praying for you. Hope that your new home will be better than your last one. :D God bless you and help you.

And what is drinking chocolate? Do you mean chocolate milk or syrup?


Ann said...

This looks delicious!  I love the chocolate ice-creams, those filled with nuts and other things.  However, when you get a superior's a thing of beauty!

Kimby said...

Lots of walnuts sound good to me and so does your ice cream recipe!  Glad you held out for the right place.  Hugs. 

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Rocky road!  My college BF used to like this and that's how I know about this rather strange name.  I haven't had it for a long long time and by looking at your picture, I kind of crave for eating this!  YUM!!

Mary said...

Yes PLEASE!! sounds and looks perfect

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

Looks quite refreshing! Happy house hunting! The right house will come along for your family at exactly the right time.

Magic of Spice said...

I am in for the more walnuts...looks so good!

RoxanaGreenGirl said...

Ha ha you two are just like me and hubby. Hubby loves peanut butter but he wouldn't touch peanut butter ice-cream (my favorite) and hates minty desserts but his favorite ice-cream is mint chocolate chips :))
Your ice-cream look so great, wish I had a big scoop!

Christina said...

Interesting that it doesn't have eggs! I need to put my ice cream maker to use soon.

I know how insane that entire house hunting/living arrangement process is, so hopefully something good comes along your way soon.

Jackie said...

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha....where are you? I miss you.. Jackie

LadyGourmet said...

That ice cream looks great. I would love to give this a try. Blessings, Catherine xo

LadyGourmet said...

I will let you know when I do. Blessings, Catherine 

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