"Browned Butter & Bacon Ice Cream"
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Bacon
  • 5 strips of good bacon
  • 7½ teaspoons of light brown sugar
  • Ice Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2¾ cups half-and-half, divided in half
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. For the candied bacon: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the strips of bacon on baking sheet lined with either aluminum foil or a Silpat.
  2. Sprinkle 1½ teaspoons of light brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon.
  3. Bake for 12-16 minutes. Halfway through baking, turn the bacon strips over and dredge them through the syrupy dark molten sugar on the baking sheet. Continue to bake until the bacon is the color of rich mahogany. Remove bacon from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Once bacon is cooled and crisp, finely chop into little pieces.
  5. For the ice cream: melt the butter in a heavy, medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until lightly browned, careful not to let it burn (if the butter burns, definitely start over). Stir in the brown sugar and half of the half-and-half and cook until the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Keep the rest of the half-and-half in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and then gradually whisk in ¼ cup of the warm brown sugar mixture, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes to prevent the eggs from cooking (a process known as "tempering"). Then pour the egg and brown sugar mixture back into the saucepan and cook on medium-low heat until the custard thickens enough to coat a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, stirring constantly. Once desired consistency is reached, stir in rum and vanilla extract.
  7. Put remaining chilled half-and-half into a large bowl, place a sieve or strainer over it and strain the custard mixture into it to remove any bits of cooked egg (even if you don't see them they're there so don't eliminate this step!). Chill the mixture for at last 5 hours and then pour into an ice cream mixture and churn according to your machine's directions. Add the chopped bacon during the last moments or fold in after you've removed the mixture from the machine. Reserve a few pieces of the bacon for garnish if you wish.
Recipe by The Glamorous Gourmet at https://theglamorousgourmet.com/fall-indulgence-browned-butter-bacon-ice-cream/