Bacon Week: Maple Bacon Ice Cream

For my Bacon Week finale (I can’t make it to BaconFest this year), we have here some maple bacon ice cream. I casually perused the internet for bacon ice cream recipes and ruminated on my recent experience with the floppy, unappetizing bacon in the bacon apple pie, I decided to go with a crispy candied bacon.

Which means the first step to achieving the nirvana of maple bacon ice cream with candied bacon is to make the candied bacon…

Candied Bacon

Candied bacon, mmmm.

Bacon Week 2013You need:
12 slices bacon (I used center cut to get a decent meat-to-fat ratio)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons apple juice
black pepper to taste
fresh-ground cinnamon sugar to taste (optional)

Lay the best, thickest 12 slices of your package on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and brush the mixture on the bacon slices. Bake at 350ΒΊ for 10 minutes, then flip and brush the other side. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, but start keeping an eye on it after 5 minutes, and pull it at whatever level of crispness you prefer. let it cool, and you’ve got some candied bacon that is ready to go. I put mine in the fridge until I was ready to tackle the ice cream part.

To make the ice cream, I used the same base recipe and method as when I made ice cream with my wedding cake. I just added the candied bacon and one cup of maple syrup in the last five minutes of stirring.

Candied bacon from the fridge

Heating half and half

Heating half-and-half

Separating egg whites and yolks

Separating egg whites and yolks

After tempering the eggs

After tempering the eggs

Getting the ice cream mixture cold

Getting the ice cream mixture cold

Candied bacon pieces

Candied bacon pieces

My only regret is that I have bonitis I didn’t think about the maple syrup’s effect on the ice cream’s ability to achieve the desired texture. By adding that much liquid that late in the game, I essentially made the nearly frozen ice cream become a lot more liquid, thereby adding more time to stirring. A rookie mistake. I should have added the maple syrup far earlier and only the bacon in the last five minutes.

In the end, I pulled it because I was worried about the bacon going around for too long, and because I had somewhere to be and wasn’t expecting the additional time. So the texture of the final product, while still not bad, could be better, and could be done with very little effort in future attempts.

Maple Bacon Ice Cream

The ice cream after it set a bit in the freezer.

Mmmmmm... bacon. Maple. Vanilla. In ice cream form.

Mmmmmm… bacon. Maple. Vanilla. In ice cream form. Yes!

Anyway, this maple bacon ice cream is awesome! I definitely recommend it. The bacon, maple syrup, and vanilla base are a winning combination. Happy Bacon Week, y’all! I hope you enjoyed it – don’t forget to head to n00bcakes to see more Bacon Week goodies!

emily

Nerd. Foodie. Gamer. Homecook. Perpetual planner. Gardener. Aspiring homesteader. Direct response graphic designer. I use too many damn commas.

6 thoughts on “Bacon Week: Maple Bacon Ice Cream

  1. Forget Easter, America is in the grips of Bacon Fever! Denny’s has bacon specials such as: maple bacon sundae, maple bacon milkshake, and salted caramel brownie sundae with bacon.

    This looks awesome.

    • Those sound almost good enough to warrant a trip to a place like Denny’s… almost! πŸ˜€

  2. I might have to try out this recipe. The maple bourbon bacon ice cream I made last year was pretty good, but more of a novelty-thing than something most people enjoyed. Glad this recipe worked out for you!

    Thanks again for participating in Bacon Week! Maybe next year we can get y’all to BaconFest too. πŸ™‚

    • If you want to swing by sometime this week, you can pop in and have a bowl!

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