We've doing quite a bit of experimenting with ice cream flavors lately (hey, if David Lebovitz can spend his time doing it, so can we). And I'm here to reveal a recipe that makes it well worth your while to drag that ice cream machine out of storage again.
We've created the perfect seasonal pumpkin ice cream... many thanks to the wonder that is browned butter. You'll need just a few ordinary ingredients (pictured)...
Once you've regained some semblance of your composure, you'll whip together five egg yolks. You'll stir the browned butter mixture into the egg yolks (slowly, and whipping them continuously with a whisk so as not to cook them), and then return the whole mixture to the stove to make a delicious browned butter custard. Your entire kitchen will smell absolutely fantastic, and the next 5-10 minutes will fly past at breakneck speed.
At that point, the custard should be coating the back of a spatula or wooden spoon. You can pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl containing yet another cup of cold heavy cream.
It will look so pretty, you'll want to take a picture. So, you do. And then, you'll whisk it all together -- adding a cup of pumpkin puree and a bit of vanilla.
At this point, you'll place the ice cream base over an ice bath and stir it until it's completely cool. Then, you'll pop it into the fridge until it's fully chilled (about 3-4 hours, or overnight).
If you're like me, you'll take the opportunity to whip together a delicious pecan pie with pecan shortbread crust...
When the ice cream base is cold, you can whip it up in your ice cream maker. Be sure to add a tablespoon or so of Scotch to the icecream during the last few moments of churning. The flavor is divine.
Once the ice cream has churned, you can pop it back into the freezer for a while while your pie cools.
And then, when the pie is still ever-so-slightly warm, and the ice cream is perfectly frozen, you can serve them all up together on a nice little dessert plate.
Your fork gravitates toward the pecan pie. The shortbread flakes under the weight of your fork, and then falls into a fantastic abyss of brown sugar custard. You raise the fork to your lips and take a bite. It's toasty and buttery and nutty and perfect.
You take a forkful of the icecream and the pie together. The convergence of flavors is like the best of Thanksgiving and Christmas all at once. OOOh... Yum!
You don't even care about the extra layer of body fat that you've acquired in the last five minutes or so. After all, you'll need it for the long winter ahead. And you can blame it on the holidays. *smirk*
Recipe: Peef & Lo's Perfect Browned Butterscotch Pumpkin Ice Cream
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