Chocolate Apricot Torte Ice Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

I think I mentioned this when I posted the Butterscotch Ice Cream recipe, but we got an ice cream machine as a wedding gift.

It has been both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it’s been awesome to make homemade ice cream in all kinds of flavors. But then we have to eat all of this ice cream, and I imagine it’s contributed to my gaining some weight. I think every bite of ice cream I’ve taken has been worth it though.

Chocolate Apricot Torte Ice Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

The best part of having the ice cream machine has been coming up with different flavors ideas. Up until this point I haven’t experimented much because I figured I needed to just get the hang of making ice cream first. I wanted to understand the proportions of milk/cream/sugar, etc. I think I’ve got it down pat now, though!

I’ve had this idea swirling around in my head to make an ice cream version of one of the most delicious desserts ever- Apricot Chocolate Torte. If you haven’t made this recipe before, you absolutely must. It’s my family’s go-to recipe for Passover because the original recipe contains so little flour that it easily converts with a flour substitute (for those who don’t know, wheat flour is forbidden during Passover). 

Chocolate Apricot Torte Ice Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

Anyway, I happen to love chocolate and fruit. Chocolate covered apricots are one of my favorite things- I even had them on our wedding dessert buffet! So for this ice cream, I imagined a rich chocolate ice cream base, with a fruity apricot swirl and chunks of the amazing crust from the torte. 

The ice cream ended up being everything I imagined. Nate said it was really good but he’d rather not have chunks of fruit in his ice cream. Oh well, more for me ;)

Chocolate Apricot Torte Ice Cream ~ ElephantEats.com

On another note, what do you guys think of this new recipe format? Better? Worse? I’d love the feedback.

Apricot Chocolate Torte Ice Cream
Rich chocolate ice cream with a chunky apricot swirl and bits of walnut chocolate crust.

Yields: about 1 quart

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Chocolate Base
  1. 2 cups whole milk
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. pinch salt
  5. 3 Tbsp corn starch
  6. 1 cup heavy cream
  7. 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Apricot Swirl
  1. 6 oz. dried apricots, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 2/3 cup water
  4. 1.5 Tbsp flour
  5. Juice of 1/2 lemon
"Crust"
  1. 3/4 oz. chocolate chips
  2. 1/2 cup whole walnuts
  3. 2 Tbsp old fashioned oats
  4. pinch salt
  5. 1 Tbsp cold butter (i actually used oil in mine because I was afraid butter would be too hard when frozen, but the oil crust was too soft, so I think butter like the original crust it's based on would be better)
  6. 1 Tbsp cold water
  7. 2 Tbsp brown sugar
Chocolate Base
  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, stir together 1.5 cups whole milk, sugar, cocoa powder and salt. Heat until the milk start to steam, but before it starts to boil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup of whole milk and the cornstarch. Stir until no lumps remain.
  3. Add the cornstarch mixture to the heated milk and chocolate mixture and bring to a low boil. Boil until thickened. The mixture will look the consistency of chocolate pudding. Remove from flame.
  4. In a small sauce pan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream. Once boiling, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 minute, then stir the cream and chocolate mixture until incorporated.
  5. Stir the cream and chocolate mixture into the cooling chocolate ice cream base. Place in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap or a lid, and put in the fridge until cool.
Apricot Swirl
  1. Combine all ingredients in heavy saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently and mashing any large pieces of apricot until mixture resembles thin jam, about 10-15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Chocolate "Crust"
  1. Place chocolate in bowl of food processor and chop roughly. Add nut and chop coarsely. Add oats, sugar and salt then blend. Add butter and process to blend. Add water and pulse until mixture is crumbly. Keep in fridge til ready to use.
Assembly
  1. Once base is cool, follow the manufacturers instructions on the ice cream maker to churn ice cream. Once the mixture has chilled and thickened in the ice cream maker, add the apricot swirl and crust in your favorite way- Some people prefer to layer ice cream and mix-ins in their freezer-safe container and swirl with a knife. Otherwise blend half of apricot into ice cream, then transfer the ice cream into a freezer safe container and fold in the remaining apricot and the crust crumbles.
  2. Cover and freeze until solid.
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46 Comments

  1. juanitascocina

    I do! I want fruit in my ice cream please!!!!

  2. I like the new recipe format! Very easy to read.

    I like fruit in my ice cream, too, so sign me up. The combination of apricots and chocolate sounds delicious. I still haven’t been brave enough to come up with my own ice cream recipes yet so I’m always glad when geniuses like you come up with delicious ones for me. :)

    • Thanks! It’s a cool WordPress plug-in. I think I’ll keep it but maybe play around with the colors. Chocolate apricot and chocolate orange are both super delicious together! The trick to coming up with your own recipe is just use a base you like and trust and get creative with mix-ins! You can do it, Nicole!!!

  3. Yay! Another ice cream recipe to try! :) (Although I am trying to take a little break from making ice cream–when there is ice cream in the freezer I just can’t stay away from it, which is not helping my weight-loss efforts!)

    And I love the new recipe format. It’s so clean & easy to read!

    • hehehe, sorry, i’m not trying to be a bad influence! I know what you mean though…I’ve taken a serving of this after dinner every night and I’m just waiting for my pants to get tight. I’ll have to start eating salad for dinner to combat it. Thanks, Faygie!

  4. Like your husband, I’m not huge on pieces of fruit in my ice cream but this one’s got me thinking…apricot does go so well with chocolate, doesn’t it? I would be more than happy to try and share the calories with you, Amy! : ) An ice cream maker is a beautiful thing and a bit of a curse at the same time. hehee

  5. That new recipe format is way fancy schmancy! I’m totally jealous, as I basically post my recipes on looseleaf.

    Now, I don’t like fruit or veggies on, like, anything I eat, but this ice cream looks pretty darn tasty!

  6. I’ve never had chocolate-covered apricots but I bet I would like it, and I would like this ice cream even more!

    • Oh my gosh, you MUST try chocolate-covered apricots (it’s dried apricots, not fresh). They sell them in most any chocolate store.

  7. What a clever ice cream recipe, I love it! And I agree with everyone above–I really like the new recipe format. Super easy to read. :)

  8. I want, no I need, a ice cream machine. Definitely on the wish list, but might be dangerous too!

    Your recipes look great, I use the same plugin, I love how you can customize it.

    • Yes, totally get one! You don’t have to make a whole recipe. The best bet is to make a batch and then have people over so there’s only like a couple servings left over :) I think I might have found out about the plugin from your site! I can’t remember…

  9. such a deliciously fruity chocolate ice cream…will surely help ourselves to a second serving :-)

  10. not a fan of fruit chunks in ice cream?? NAAAAAATTTTEEE stop it. :) i love this flavor combo: i’ve had a chocolate apricot torte before, so i’m trying to wrap my head around an ice cream version; it sounds lovely.
    i love the new recipe format, by the way: so easy to read! I feel like i’m the only one with out a “format” at all? so maybe i need to look into the WP plugins.

    • hahaha. Well, he’s been eating it every day after dinner so I guess fruit in ice cream isn’t THAT bad ;) Thanks Shannon! Yes, WP Plugins are amazing…there’s one for everything.

  11. Homemade ice cream sounds divine! I’ve been debating whether or not to get an ice cream maker. I think I will for next summer. This chocolate apricot torte ice cream sounds delicious! I will be putting this on my to-make list. Looks delectable Amy and thanks for sharing! :)

    • Get one! I totally didn’t think I’d use it because I figured it was too much work, but I’ve already used it a bunch. It’s super fun (and gratifying) to make homemade ice cream :) Thanks, Anne!

  12. I totally agree with you….I love the love hate feeling with my ice cream maker as well. And I don’t even know how many pounds I’ve gained ever since I own an ice cream machine! But as you said, every bite is worth it! hahaha….

    I’ve got to try your Apricot Chocolate Torte and then this ice ream. Can’t wait to try them both.

    • hehehehe. I really need to just let my husband eat the rest! Yes, you HAVE to make the Apricot Chocolate Torte. It’s so so good. Let me know how you like it!!!

  13. Apricots and chocolate are two things I wouldn’t have thought to pair together but what a great idea! i totally know what you mean about the ice cream maker being both a blessing and a curse…I love mine but I also kind of hate it.

    • The next time you go to a chocolate shop, get a chocolate-covered dried apricot (or peach)…they’re unbelievably good. Thanks, Joanne :)

  14. I’ve been making a lot of ice cream, too…but unfortunately, my family just wants chocolate and vanilla! I would love your chocolate and apricot version…oooh, boy!!!

    PS…I love the new recipe format!

  15. Ooo looks amazing! I just got a brand new ice cream maker so I know what I’ll be making next! :)

  16. I think you have just convinced me to start making ice-cream that looks so good. The chocolate looks really rich and that’s how I love it. Never had an apricot coated in chocolate before.

    • That chocolate base is really rich and yummy. I can’t believe how many people have never tried a chocolate covered dried apricot! Chocolate covered dried fruit is really good but the apricots are my favorite. You have to try it!

  17. I won’t bore you with my cereal ice cream recipes (Cap’N Crunch, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, etc) which all turn out delicious, but you should definitely check out this blog (http://www.weallscream.net) for some interesting and unique ice cream recipes.

    • I saw your cap n crunch ice cream and thought it sounded so yummy. I haven’t done the whole steeping/flavoring milk thing and then using that as the ice cream base. Cereal ice cream sounds so good though so I’m gonna have to try it. Thanks for the link…that site looks awesome!! :)

  18. This sounds so good, what a great wedding gift!

  19. Love your recipe format! I really need something like it. It’s been years since I’ve owned an ice cream maker. Don’t think it made it with our last move. But you’re really making me want to get a new one. Chocolate and apricots sounds delicious!

    • Thanks for the input, Christin! So glad you stopped me. You totally need an ice cream maker ;) Although I think I’ve been a bad influence on quite a few people lately touting that advice, hehe.

  20. This sounds like such a great combination! I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate-covered apricots.

    • Hi Megan! Thanks so much for stopping by. oh my, you MUST try chocolate covered dried apricots…so yummy!!! Now I kinda wish I had one…

  21. My ice cream maker is warmed up after some blueberry basil buttermilk ice cream. I’m all for trying new flavors!! This looks fantastic.

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