It’s almost June, and after completely skipping Spring, Chicago is refusing to accept the oncoming Summer.
So while it is storming like crazy outside, I am defying the gods and making ice cream anyway. An ice cream that is actually pretty perfect for a day such as this. We got the ice cream maker attachment for our stand mixer as a wedding gift, and it has probably gotten more mileage than any other gift. If making ice cream is new to you, but you are interested in getting started, I highly recommend starting with David Lebovits’ “The Perfect Scoop” and from there you can tinker and experiment as you wish. Go crazy. With that in mind, I present to you:
Milk Chocolate, Stout, Pretzel & Bacon Ice Cream
What you need:
*Ice cream maker
*Candied bacon chunks. “Hey, how do I candy bacon?” you ask. Sigh, must I do everything for you?
*4 ounces quality milk chocolate, chopped
*4 egg yolks
*1 1/2 cups heavy cream
*1 cup whole milk
*1/2 cup sugar
*8 ounces stout of your choosing. When in doubt, go Guinness.
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*Pinch of salt
What you do:
Heat milk, sugar, and salt until warm
Add egg yolks and heat on medium until it thickens slightly. You do NOT want scrambled eggs here.
Pour mixture in a large bowl over your chopped up chocolate and stir until chocolate is fully melted
Add cream, stout & vanilla.
Chill your mixture for at least a few hours. From here, it depends on your ice cream maker. The stand mixer attachment is about as easy as it gets, you just need to make sure your batter is thoroughly chilled and the bowl is completely frozen. If you have something else, do whatever those instructions say to do.
Make your ice cream, but wait until it is done before you fold in your bacon and pretzels. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of pretzel crumbs gritty-ing up your ‘scream.
Now, I know some of you may be skeptical about this ice cream flavor combination but you are just going to have to trust me. Think about it, do you like bacon? beer? pretzels? chocolate? Okay, then what’s the problem? If you have any further doubts, the following image should erase all your concerns.