[Photograph: Lucy Schaeffer]

Pieces of salty pretzels are strewn about a dark chocolate ice cream base flavored with Guinness beer in this Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop original. The saltiness of the pretzels and sweetness from the dark chocolate are blended together with the malty flavor of Guinness.

Tips: There are several steps involved in crafting dark chocolate stout ice cream. First, a chocolate paste made of sugar, cocoa powder, and chopped bittersweet chocolate is stirred up and added to a base of Walt's Dream sweet cream ice cream, the base that every recipe we've featured has used. Luckily, all the steps are fairly easy, especially if you've made the sweet cream base before. Our main word of advice is to have all the components of the recipe prepared ahead of time so when it comes time to mix the chocolate into the sweet cream, and the Guinness into the chocolate, and the pretzels into the chocolate stout ice cream, the entire operation will be quick and painless.

Tweaks: You'll notice that chopping chocolate-covered pretzels makes the chocolate coating fall off rather easily. Don't worry if that happens, as there is plenty of chocolate in the ice cream itself. The idea is to incorporate a sweet and salty texture to the ice cream. It doesn't have to be perfect.

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop to give away.

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