Candied Bacon Ice Cream

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  1. Principessa

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    I am a huge fan of the salty/sweet flavor combination and this just sounds like heaven on earth. :smile:

    Bacon Ice Cream
    About ¾ qt (¾l)

    Like my butcher, I loved the salty taste of bacon with brown sugar, but I'm also going to be folding bits of candy bacon into Coffee Ice Cream in the future. Or maybe get really crazy and try little bits in a batch of Avocado Ice Cream.

    If you don't have half-and-half, simply mix together heavy cream and whole milk in equal proportions. I'm not sure about dairy alternatives, but since this doesn't fall into the vegan category, I think this time I'm off the hook. ; )

    For the candied bacon:
    5 strips bacon
    about 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

    For the ice cream custard:
    3 tablespoons (45g) salted butter
    ¾ cup (packed) brown sugar (170g), light or dark (you can use either)
    2¾ (675ml) cup half-and-half
    5 large egg yolks
    2 teaspoons dark rum or whiskey
    ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
    optional: ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1. To candy the bacon, preheat the oven to 400F (200C).

    2. Lay the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or aluminum foil, shiny side down.

    3. Sprinkle 1½-2 teaspoons of brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon, depending on length.

    4. Bake for 12-16 minutes. Midway during baking, flip the bacon strips over and drag them through the dark, syrupy liquid that's collected on the baking sheet. Continue to bake until as dark as mahogany. Remove from oven and cool the strips on a wire rack.

    5. Once crisp and cool, chop into little pieces, about the size of grains of rice.
    (Bacon bits can be stored in an airtight container and chilled for a day or so, or stored in the freezer a few weeks ahead.)

    6. To make the ice cream custard, melt the butter in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and half of the half-and-half. Pour the remaining half-and-half into a bowl set in an ice bath and set a mesh strainer over the top.

    7. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, then gradually add some of the warm brown sugar mixture to them, whisking the yolks constantly as you pour. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

    8. Cook over low to moderate heat, constantly stirring and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

    9. Strain the custard into the half-and-half, stirring over the ice bath, until cool. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon, if using.

    10. Refrigerate the mixture. Once thoroughly chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add the bacon bits during the last moment of churning, or stir them in when you remove the ice cream from the machine.

    Edit: I put this in Women's Issues because I only crave salty/sweet stuff when I am PMS'g. I have a girl friend in New Jersey who is the same way. Since I tend to view PMS as being a strictly Womens Issue I opted to put it in this forum. I was not trying to exclude men who may also enjoy the salty/sweet taste combination. :cool:
     
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    You should try my lamb biryani gateaux.
     
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    Cutie, :wink: you may cook for me anytime; but I'm not a fan of lamb. What else is in your repertoire?
     
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    chicken brownies?
     
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    I don't know if PMS is your problem, girlfriend. Did you miss a period? Bacon ice cream. Thank you for that recipe though. I am going to make THAT for my sister's get-together.
    Revenge is an ice cream dish served cold.
     
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    I love to eat bacon covered in ketchup, I wonder if adding it would destroy the recipe.
     
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    Hmm. I enjoy unusual ice cream flavors (my favorite ice cream place in the Boston area offers the likes of adzuki bean, caramel and prune, fresh rose, kaifer lime leaf, and lavender ice cream) but candied bacon ice cream sounds fairly revolting.

    That said, I obviously don't know the joys of PMS ... if this is what it takes to get you through, go for it!

    Steve :smile:
     
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    Ha! I've made that ice cream, and it's fantastic. There are lots of great recipes on that guy's blog. In fact, I'm using his recipe for Moroccan spiced lemons today.
     
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    What a great idea!! Too bad I'm vegan... :frown:

    BUT, it gives me ideas for other combinations. FOr example, instead of bacon I could use onion or seitan sauted with smoked paprika and soy sauce to simulate the taste of bacon.
     
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