Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Maple Bacon Ice Cream

If you know us, you know there are few things we love as much as bacon, and even fewer things we love more than bacon. (Shhh, don't tell our kids.) Ice Cream is one of our absolute favorite sweet summer treats, so when a friend of ours suggested making Maple Bacon Ice Cream from our Maple Sugar Small Batch Strips we were elated to say the least! 

This simple recipe starts with a custard base that's churned like traditional ice cream. So what the heck is the difference between frozen custard and ice cream you ask? Well, both frozen custard and ice cream are made with milk, cream and sugar however custard has a super silky decadently dense texture derived from egg yolks. The egg yolk acts as a thickening agent and also helps to keep the ice cream colder longer.

The base ingredients are, however, quite simple—in fact, you may have most of them currently in your pantry. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of salt are added to milk (we like to use half & half), heavy whipping cream, sugar and, of course, egg yolks. You can use this as the base for any ice cream recipe from Maple Bacon to Banana Bacon to Bubblegum Bacon Surprise. Hey, we don't know what kinds of flavors you're into, and we're not here to judge.

Now, there are a few ways to freeze your custard into ice cream. We used a Cuisinart ICE-21 from Crate a Barrel. It's the simplest version of an ice cream maker and produces a quart and a half of ice cream at a time. It comes with a metal inner bowl that needs to be frozen overnight before using it so no ice or salt needed. After your custard is made, it's transferred to the frozen bowl for churning. As the custard freezes, 2 blades scrape the sweet frozen treat from the walls of the bowl. It churns at just the right speed to infuse some air into your custard giving it a nice fluff. You then transfer it to an air-tight container and place it in the freezer to firm up.

We also understand that you may not have the space or budget for yet another appliance, let alone a seasonal one, so if you don't intend on investing in an ice cream machine, Bon Appetite has this great method for making ice cream without a machine. If you are using this method you'll need a whisk and a spatula. Either way, this Maple Bacon ice cream had us in a state of euphoria for a week straight. Enjoy!

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