Monday, June 17, 2013

Maple Bacon Walnut Ice Cream

     Every now and then I have a stroke of sheer genius. A spark of inspiration so bright it is blinding. I run around the kitchen clapping my hands and generally looking pleased with myself. This was one of those times. I had made bacon for breakfast and ended up with some leftovers. Jokingly, I suggested making bacon ice cream. That's when it hit. Not just bacon ice cream. Bacon ice cream with toasted walnuts. And maple! There must be maple! But not just any maple. Maple Crown Royal! So I dragged out the ice cream maker and commandeered the basic vanilla ice cream recipe from the manual.
     The result? The maple flavor of the Crown Royal came through wonderfully. The walnuts and bacon gave a nice crunch. It was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

Maple Bacon Walnut Ice Cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 4 strips crisp bacon crumbled into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons crushed, toasted walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Crown Royal
  1. In a pan, melt butter. Add bacon, walnuts and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat until a thin caramel starts to form, stirring regularly. Set aside to cool.
    This is what you should have at this point
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light. Add whipping cream, milk, Crown Royal and vanilla. Combine thoroughly.
  3. Add the bacon, walnut and caramel mixture to the large bowl, mix well.
  4. Load into the ice cream maker of your choice and process as directed.

Good times!