Sunday, December 09, 2012

Countdown to Christmas: Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream

You're likely to have some repeat desserts from Turkey Day at Christmas-time, right?  Maybe pecan pie.  Apple pie.  A cobbler of some sort.

Well, don't settle for the plan old do-over.  Throw a scoop of this deliciousness on for an added blast of flavor.

And then save the recipe for next Thanksgiving.

Brown Sugar-Bourbon Ice Cream
Makes about one quart.
From Bon Appetit.

1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
6 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon (or more) bourbon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Stir milk, cream, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil (it may look curdled, but this is normal).

Meanwhile, whisk yolks, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl until mixture is pale yellow and sugar dissolves.

Place a medium metal bowl in a large bowl of ice water; set a fine-mesh sieve over metal bowl. Whisking yolk mixture constantly, gradually add hot cream mixture (to prevent the eggs in the yolk mixture from scrambling). Return to pan. Stir custard over low heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Immediately strain custard into metal bowl. Let custard cool completely, stirring often.
Stir 1 Tbsp. bourbon and vanilla into custard. Add more bourbon to taste by teaspoonfuls, if desired.

Cover and chill.

Process custard in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

Transfer ice cream to an airtight container, cover, and freeze.

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