When I came across the menu and recipes from what was served at President Obama’s inauguration a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to try it. Hey, if it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for me!
You could probably guess that I wanted to make the third course: dessert! I was especially intrigued by the idea of sour cream ice cream.
When Lottie’s Kitchen asked us to come do a food demo last summer, we knew we wanted to make one of our favorite things, ice cream! But then they told us that they were focusing on healthy treats… So in addition to mango ice cream, we created this simple mango ice pop with cilantro.
Quick, what’s the best part about a Meatless Monday dinner? It’s got to be that you can have ice cream for dessert!
You already know we love making ice cream, and David Lebovitz is one of the best sources for no-fail ice cream recipes. He served his white chocolate and fresh ginger ice cream with nectarine-cherry compote, but I just served it plain, and still got rave reviews. The ice cream was so creamy and the ginger flavor was perfect – not too strong, but still present. So if it’s winter and you still want to make ice cream but don’t want to pay $10/lb for cherries and nectarines to put on top, just skip them!
For some reason, I decided I really wanted to make butter pecan ice cream. I bought the pecans. I had the cream, milk, eggs, and brown sugar that I needed. I had some butter in the freezer. I just didn’t have the recipe. I searched and searched and finally came up with one that seemed okay. I didn’t use it. Instead I combined some of my own ice cream knowledge and came up with this recipe. It’s awesome.
- 2 cups pecans, chopped
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place pecan on baking sheet and roast for about 7 minutes, until they turn brown and fragrant.
2. When the come out, immediately add the butter and salt to them. Mix. Set aside.
3. Heat the milk over medium heat.
4. While the milk is heating, combine the eggs yolks and brown sugar. Whisk until combined.
5. Add the half milk to the egg mixture slowly, bringing up the temperature. Then, add the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk. Heat over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens a bit.