How to make it

  • 1. To candy the bacon, preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  • 2. Lay the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or aluminum foil, shiny side down.
  • 3. Sprinkle 1½-2 teaspoons of brown sugar evenly over each strip of bacon, depending on length.
  • 4. Bake for 12-16 minutes. Midway during baking, flip the bacon strips over and drag them through the dark, syrupy liquid that's collected on the baking sheet. Continue to bake until as dark as mahogany. Remove from oven and cool the strips on a wire rack.
  • 5. Once crisp and cool, chop into little pieces, about the size of grains of rice.
  • (Bacon bits can be stored in an airtight container and chilled for a day or so, or stored in the freezer a few weeks ahead.)
  • 6. To make the ice cream custard, melt the butter in a heavy, medium-size saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and half of the half-and-half. Pour the remaining half-and-half into a bowl set in an ice bath and set a mesh strainer over the top.
  • 7. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks, then gradually add some of the warm brown sugar mixture to them, whisking the yolks constantly as you pour. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
  • 8. Cook over low to moderate heat, constantly stirring and scraping the bottom with a heatproof spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.
  • 9. Strain the custard into the half-and-half, stirring over the ice bath, until cool. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon, if using.
  • 10. Refrigerate the mixture. Once thoroughly chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add the bacon bits during the last moment of churning, or stir them in when you remove the ice cream from the machine.

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    " It was excellent "
    kevhead12345 ate it and said...
    I made this exact recipe last weekend. It is actually very sweet and rich because of the brown sugar and all those egg yolks. It's awesome! Everyone at my dinner party LOVED it!
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    " It was excellent "
    midgelet ate it and said...
    well I have to give this 5 for unique for sure. I think anything candied works well for most!
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  • gapeach55 11 years ago
    This may be very good. Love sweet and salty. Chocolate covered pretzels are my favorite. I may have to try this with a sugar cured smokey bacon. I bet maple flavored bacon would be good.
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  • mcboo 11 years ago
    I don't think I would be brave enough to try it...keep it separate for sure.
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  • tender 11 years ago
    This sounds different but very good. I like it! I will tell you how it tastes.
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    whoa! neva heard of such a thang!
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  • mamalou 11 years ago
    Does Paula Deen know about this recipe?? Sounds like she would LOVE this! :o)
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  • 22566 11 years ago

    You just have transported this "Hick from the Sticks" to a long gown gourmet affair.

    Different! Thank-you

    Kind Regards
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Wow, that's strangely attractive to my tastebuds!
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  • lovebreezy 11 years ago
    4 of my most favorite foods, in no paticular order: SPAM, Velveeta, Bacon & IceCream -- this recipe gives me 2 in 1 -- yum.
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    " It was excellent "
    fizzle3nat ate it and said...
    I recently had a delicious chocolate bar that had bacon in it (Vosjes Haute Chocolat - Mo's Bacon Bar), so why not in ice cream? Salty/sweet is always a good combo, and I think the crispy bacon would be a nice contrast to the creamy ice cream. This would probably be best with hardwood smoked bacon - the wood flavors would go nicely with the rum. Might have to try this one! I love making homemade ice cream. - Natalie
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  • mjcmcook 11 years ago
    * Hello *
    I like the 'candy' part for the Bacon......
    But I am not 'into' freezing my own ice cream!
    'Dyers' makes a great Vanilla that I might use
    and swirl some Rum through it and sprinkle
    bits of the Bacon on top !
    I'll get back to you on how it tastes ~
    ~*~ mj ~*~
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