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June 23, 2008

Bacon Ice Cream

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Bacon Ice Cream

When the hot weather triggers the sweat glands to action, give me a salt lick and dish of vanilla ice cream. Better yet, give me salty pork and a dish of vanilla ice cream.

It's already June and I still haven't put my backyard and smoker to good use. I decided to change that. For the past three years I've been throwing pork pull barbecues. Each year I smoke the pork butt longer than the year before and my pulled pork has become increasingly more buttery and tender. To satiate my craving for creamy coldness I also decided to also make vanilla ice cream.

Then the light bulb went off. Why not turn my salty pork lick into a lickable bacon ice cream cone?

I used my father's basic vanilla ice cream custard recipe as a base, altering it slightly by using half brown sugar instead of all white sugar. For the bacon bits I was inspired by praline pecan ice cream's crystallized nuggets of sweet. Rather than throw the bits in naked, I rolled the cooked, cooled and crumbled bits in brown sugar before throwing them into the hardening ice cream mixer.

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Bacon Ice Cream
Ice Cream Custard:
2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream

Bacon Bits:
- package of bacon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
Special equipment: an ice cream maker

Bring milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and a pinch of salt to a boil in a pan, stirring, then remove from heat.

Beat yolks and remaining 1/4 cup white sugar in a bowl with a mixer until thick and pale, about 1 minute. Add milk mixture, beating until combined well. Pour mixture into reserved saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon and is almost pudding-like in consistency(do not let boil). Immediately remove from heat. Chill mixture over night.

Heat frying pan and cook bacon until crisp. Cool bacon and crumble. Thoroughly coat bacon bits in brown sugar.

Stir cream into ice cream custard and freeze in ice cream maker. When ice cream becomes hard, add bacon bits. Transfer ice cream to an container and store in freezer at least 2 hours.

Posted by Cakehead at 01:27 AM | Comments (0)

June 09, 2008

Fat Leak on the Rails

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Cake photo from Send Cakes to Pakistan

On Friday, The Chicago Tribune reported animal fat leakage on the tracks of a Chicago commuter line.

Commuter rail service on Metra's Union Pacific West Line was temporarily halted at the height of the afternoon rush hour because a stalled freight train leaked animal fat onto the tracks, Metra officials said Friday.

Pork belly politics, animal fat leaks? What's next? An oil slick at Bush's Texas ranch? Ah, the Texas Ranch. Has anyone begun to market a ranch dressing honoring our president, once he's finally left office. The name: "Bush Ranch Dressing" probably won't sell many bottles, but if spilled on the train tracks there might be less slick and more friction.

Posted by Cakehead at 01:47 AM | Comments (0)

June 07, 2008

Gaming Cakes

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Flickr cooker, Hello Naomi has baked cupcakes to honor our friends Mario and Pac Man. But our personal favorite set up cupcakes are the build your own robot cakes.

[Flickr via BoingBoing, hat tip Kevin R.]

Posted by Cakehead at 04:12 PM | Comments (3)