Savour our Savoury Sweet Homemade Bacon and Maple Syrup Ice Cream. Enjoy this remarkably unique mix of flavours.
Creating homemade ice cream is always an incredibly fun and fulfilling experience; knowing you created it yourself and with that, having the comfort of knowing exactly what’s in your creation. No nasty additives, nor preservatives, no unexpected add-ins. Just pure goodness for you and the family.
And so with your newfound talent, you want to expand and start thinking what else can I bring together, what other flavours shall I try? What other curiously delicious concoctions shall I make next??
Of course, not everyone’s brains function in the same way.
Being the experimentalist that I am, one day I was standing over a pan of grilling bacon and thought, hmm, I wonder. Could this work? No… don’t be silly, Bacon in Ice Cream, it’ll be all wrong, it’s not going to work! How wrong I was.
Using bacon for ice cream might not be everyone’s first thought for a dessert. but, you’ll be amazed and happy to know, it actually works!
Bacon and Maple Syrup Homemade Ice Cream: A Savoury-Sweet Fusion of Flavours.
When I tried this combination of flavours out, it was expected to be a fail, too far out there to be tasty and leaving people wanting more. I could not have been more wrong.
Even though it sounds wrong, it really could not be more right! You get the initial creaminess of the Ice cream base, then the sweet tones of the Maple Syrup, and then you get a crunchy salty piece of bacon.
It plays with your mind. You know and recognise the flavour, but it’s in the wrong setting. You expect this flavour in breakfast or a bacon sarnie, certainly not in an Ice Cream.
The salty crunch is a welcome reprieve from the sweet Maple Syrup. It’s delicious! It shouldn’t, but somehow it works.
Bacon: A Savoury Sensation
Sizzling in the pan, bacon releases its familiar, mouthwatering aroma, breakfast lovers worldwide know and love that smell. Known for its savoury and smoky profile, bacon adds a rich umami depth to any dish it graces.
This much-loved pork delicacy elevates savoury recipes with its crispy texture and hint of saltiness.
Bacon is known for its versatility in the kitchen, and it can go beyond traditional savoury dishes comfortably switching into the world of desserts. When you combine bacon with the sweetness of maple syrup, the savoury and sweet flavours come together in an unexpected way that will leave you wanting more.
Maple Syrup: Nature’s Liquid Gold
Pure maple syrup, derived from maple trees, is a truly wonderful gift from nature. It has a warm, amber colour and a smooth texture, offering a variety of flavours, from sweet caramel hints to woody notes that capture the essence of the trees.
Maple syrup’s natural sweetness reminds us of comforting breakfasts and decadent drizzles. However, its uses go beyond pancakes and waffles.
This versatile natural sweetener truly shines when combined with bold ingredients like bacon, creating a surprising blend of flavours that goes beyond the ordinary.
Bacon and Maple Syrup Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
With an understanding of this fusion of savoury-sweet flavours, let us show you how you can also create this uniquely delicious homemade ice cream.
Here’s a simple recipe for Homemade Bacon and Maple Syrup Ice Cream:
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crispy
- 250ml double cream
- 125ml whole milk
- 90ml pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Prepare the Bacon: Cook the bacon until it’s crispy and drain it on a paper towel to remove excess grease. Once cooled, chop the bacon into small, bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Create the Base: In a medium saucepan, combine the double cream and whole milk. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to steam. Do not let it boil.
- Blend the Flavours: Once the mixture has cooled, whisk in the maple syrup and Vanilla extract.
- Chill the Base: Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl to remove any lumps. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours or overnight to chill thoroughly.
- Churn the Ice Cream: Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, pour it into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, add the chopped crispy bacon to the ice cream. The bacon will be evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.
- NB: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker to learn more.
- Freeze and Serve: Transfer the churned ice cream into an airtight container, layering it with drizzles of additional maple syrup if desired. Cover the container and freeze the ice cream for at least 4 hours or until it’s firm.
- Serve and Enjoy: When ready to scoff, sorry we mean eat, scoop the Bacon and Maple Syrup Ice Cream into bowls or cones. Drizzle a little extra maple syrup on top for an added touch of sweetness, and enjoy the heavenly marriage of savoury bacon and luscious maple syrup in each creamy spoonful!
This recipe produces a unique and remarkable Homemade Bacon and Maple Syrup Ice Cream that will leave your taste buds tingling and your mind challenged by the unexpected, yet delicious fusion of flavours. Enjoy the savoury-sweet fusion of flavours in this unforgettable frozen treat!
We hope that you have enjoyed this article and we especially hope we have inspired you to give our Savoury-Sweet Homemade Bacon and Maple Syrup Ice Cream a go.
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