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Recipe: Frozen Vanilla Custard with Salted Whisky Caramel Sauce

2 Aug

After two previous successes with ice cream (here and here) I wanted to try a slightly different dessert in my ice cream maker so I went on the hunt for a frozen custard recipe. They all seemed like a LOT of work so I took a chance and whipped up this ‘shortcut’ version.

Now for those of you unfamiliar with the concept of frozen custard, it’s much like a rich, thick ice cream with a bit more of a complex flavour. It’s quite popular in the US (and with followers of Ottawa’s Merry Dairy!).

While I paired mine with a salted whiskey caramel sauce, the custard would be great plain or with other kinds of sundae sauce or fresh fruit. (Think angel food cake and fresh strawberries for a spin on strawberry shortcake!)

Frozen Vanilla Custard

Frozen Vanilla Custard | baconavecbacon.com

2 cups 35% whipping cream
1 cup 1% milk
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Harry Horne’s or Bird’s custard powder
1 teaspoon clear vanilla

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan, stirring and adding the sugar slowly as it comes to a boil. Dissolve the custard powder in a little bit of extra milk and add to the boiling mixture while stirring. Boil for 1 minute (you should see it thicken) and remove from heat.

Place the mixture in a container and chill in the fridge. Once well chilled, add it to the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze it. When finished, place it in the freezer to firm up.

 

For the caramel sauce, I used this recipe adding 1 oz of 40 Creek Whisky. I then topped my sundae with a sprinkle of good flaked sea salt.

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Recipe: Microwave Caramels – Two Ways

21 Dec

Those who are dedicated Pinterest surfers like I am have likely noticed the slew of microwave caramel recipes floating around. These are my versions and they’re so tasty, I’ll never go back to slaving over a pot with a candy thermometer again. Because the recipe calls for basically half a can of sweetened condensed milk, I decided to make two batches: one apple cider & cinnamon, and the other salted whisky flavour. Waste not want not, right?

This recipe is so quick and simple and makes such a great neighbour or hostess gift. I hope you’ll agree!

Microwave Caramels Two Ways

Apple Cider Caramels | baconavecbacon.com

For both versions you’ll need:
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

For the apple cider and cinnamon version add all the ingredients to a large microwave safe bowl as well as:

1 packet of Lynch hot apple cider mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon

 Heat on high for 6-8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes and pour into a well greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Dust the top with a bit more cinnamon and let cool in the fridge before slicing. 

For the salted whisky add all the original ingredients to another large microwave safe bowl as well as 2 oz. of Forty Creek whisky. If you’re not a whisky fan, this could work really well with spiced rum. Again, heat on high for 6-8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes before pouring into a well greased pan. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the top before refrigerating. 

Whisky Salted Caramels | baconavecbacon.com

I like to use my handy bench scraper to get nice straight clean lines when cutting the caramels.

You can either cut them into individual pieces and wrap each one separately (painful) or you can cheat like I do and cut them into about 5 long strips and wrap them in waxed paper for cutting as you eat them. Once packaged they should be kept refrigerated. Take them out of the fridge for about a half hour before serving.