MAPLE BACON CRUNCH ICE CREAM
Oh my! This amazing treat requires some time and work – but the payoff will be well worth it.
To make the ice cream
5 egg yolks
1 pinch salt
125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
500 ml (2 cups) whole milk
1L (4 cups) heavy cream
500 ml (2 cups) grade B maple syrup
To make the bacon brittle
500 ml (2 cups) granulated white sugar
5 strips smoky bacon
30 ml (2 tbsp) butter and extra for greasing pan
5 ml (1 tsp) baking soda
1 ml (1/4 tsp) ground chipotle or a pinch of cayenne
In a medium-size bowl, add yolks, salt and sugar. Whip until pale yellow. Transfer to a large pot and stir in milk.
Over medium heat, gently bring mixture to a scald (the point just before a simmer at which a film forms over the back of a metal spoon that is dipped into the liquid).
Remove from heat and add maple syrup. Chill liquid in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Stir in cream and transfer to an ice cream maker. Follow manufacturer’s direction.
When ice cream is ready, stir in about a cup of bacon brittle bits (it’s your call on how much to add).
Transfer to a container with a lid and freeze for a minimum of two hours before serving.
Set out a cookie sheet and grease it with butter. Reserve. Cook bacon, any way you want, until it is super crispy. Pat dry with a paper towel. Let cool, then chop as finely as possible (think: dust). Reserve.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add sugar. Stir constantly for approximately four minutes, or until sugar melts into a light golden liquid. (If lumps develop, keep stirring, they will melt away).
Keep stirring for approximately two more minutes, or until liquid turns the colour of butterscotch.
Remove from heat and immediately stir in butter. Then add baking soda and mix thoroughly.
Stir in bacon and chipotle.
Pour onto cookie sheet and let cool until hard (approximately 15 minutes). Use a mallet or your hands to break into bite size pieces. Then smash about one third of the brittle into itsy bitsy pieces.
Use the small bits for your ice cream and store remaining Pig Candy in an airtight jar.
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Courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.