Even though summer is over I still crave frosty treats. Honestly, why shouldn't ice cream can be enjoyed all year long. Simply changing the flavor of ice cream you choose will make it more acceptable to eat a big bowl of this delicious frozen dessert in the winter. This time of year I prefer the taste of cinnamon, nutmeg and other seasonal flavors over the fruity tastes I would normally flock to when the temperatures are on the rise.
I recently received a Pure Indulgent 2 qt Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine from Wayfair, the world's largest online destination for the home. I liked being able to compare machines from various brands on the Wayfair site before actually committing to one. And I love how quiet this Cuisinart is compared to my old ice cream maker.
Enough about product let's go back to talking about ice cream! Decadent is how I would describe this Bourbon Browned Butter Salted Pecan ice cream. Every spoonful gives you the taste of rich, creamy browned butter, mixed with lightly salted and toasted pecans and a hint of bourbon.
Bourbon & Brown Butter Salted Pecan Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup pecans
3 tablespoons bourbon
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 tsp. salt
Pour 1 cup of cream into a medium saucepan and add the sugar. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into the saucepan and add the pod to the pot. Warm over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and add the remaining cream, milk, and the vanilla extract. Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, for at least eight hours or overnight.
In the meantime melt butter and add salt, mixing together. Pour over pecans, tossing to coat well. Place pecans evenly onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake on 350 for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pecans should get lightly toasted.
When ready to churn ice cream, remove the vanilla pod (reserve the bean for another use), then mix in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. About 5 minutes before ice cream would be finished add the toasted pecans and bourbon. Continue to mix until ice cream is done.
I received the products mentioned in this post, however all opinions are my own.