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Guest Blogger: Spoon Fork Bacon


Teri Lyn Fisher is a photographer whose work has appeared in Rue, Anthology, and HGTV Magazine. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Jenny Park is a food sytlist, recipe writer, and professional eater. Her clients include Kellogg’s, HGTV and Del Taco . Together, Teri and Jenny love to fill their blog Spoon Fork Bacon with recipes, drinks, and pretty pictures. They live in sunny Los Angeles. 
 

When summer rolls around there is nothing we love more than making sweet cold treats. We love this recipe because it marries sweet with salty. Why candied bacon?…why not?…right?!

 

For the photos we stuck the ice cream between two graham crackers, but it’s totally amazing on it’s own. You could also sandwich it between two Ritz crackers, which is another one of our favorite ways to eat this ice cream. If you want to get crazy, use cookies, we prefer peanut butter. The ice cream base itself is a great starting point for other awesome ice cream flavors, so feel free to play around! Ice cream is always best in the summer and our salted caramel and candied bacon ice cream is sure to hit the spot!


Recipe:
Salted Caramel and Candied Bacon Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart

Ingredients:
candied bacon:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 lb bacon, cooked and roughly crumbled/chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar


ice cream base:

2 1/3 cups heavy cream
1¼ cups whole milk
5 egg yolks
¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 recipe ice cream base

Directions:

1. Place the butter in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat and melt. Add the bacon and stir. Sprinkle both sugars over the bacon and continuously stir until the sugar melts, about 5 to 7 minutes.
2. In a single layer, pour the bacon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside to cool.
3. For the ice cream base: Pour cream and milk into a saucepan and bring up to a scale (medium heat).
4. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a stand mixer and whip until light yellow and fluffy. Pour ½ cup of the scaling cream mixture into the yolk mixture and whisk to prevent scrambling.
5. Pour the yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining cream and milk, whisking to prevent scrambling. Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir continuously until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.
6. Stir in the vanilla extract and strain through a fine sieve.
7. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place over an ice bath and set side until fully chilled. Once the ice cream base has completely chilled, make the salted caramel.
8. For the salted caramel: Place the sugar, water and Karo syrup into a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Do not stir.
9. Once the sugar melts and becomes an amber color, 10-15 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cream (be careful, the mixture will bubble up). Stir the sea salt and vanilla into the caramel and stir until smooth.
10. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place over a water bath until completely chilled.
11. Stir the chilled ice cream base and salted caramel together, into a large bowl until completely combined.
12. Set up the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions and freeze the ice cream. Ten minutes before the ice cream is ready, pour the candied bacon into the churning ice cream. Once the ice cream has reached the desired consistency serve or place into an airtight container until ready to use.


Lauren Brennan

Cherry-Almond Vanilla Mini Cupcakes

Sometimes you just need a sweet treat! My four year old caught me browsing bhg.com for dessert recipes and one look that these Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes and she was a goner! At that point, I knew I had these in my future so I made an afternoon of it! I baked these up with my daughter and turned them into mini cupcakes. We actually made these to eat as part of a little tea party! Since the weather in my neck of the woods is gorgeous, I thought it only fitting to eat these out in the garden.

Whether you’re a Mom with a little girl you’re trying to please or just have a big sweet tooth, these cupcakes will not disappoint! Cute, sweet and really easy to make! Here’s how you do it:

Cream some butter and sugar together, and then add in some vanilla extract,

almond extract,

and egg whites. You use only the whites because stirring in the yolk would discolor the batter.

Once that’s all stirred in, alternate adding in your dry ingredients {flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt} with your wet ingredients {buttermilk, maraschino cherry juice} until you have a smooth light pink batter.

Spoon this into prepared mini muffin tins and bake!

These were done in my convection oven after 12 minutes.

While the cakes are cooling, whip some butter, powdered sugar, maraschino cherry juice, almond extract and milk together to create your frosting. Spread or pipe this onto your mini cupcakes and top with a cherry!

How cute are these little guys? Almost too cute to eat…almost!

If you’d like to make these, be sure to print the recipe here. Your friends and family will thank you!


Lauren Brennan

Ingredient Obsession: Pumpkin!

Hello! My name is Lauren Brennan and I’m a food blogger from Oregon. My site is called Lauren’s Latest and I develop recipes with everyday, common ingredients for my little family of 3 and share them with my readers, along with my 3 year old’s daily antics. I love blogging, probably because I love food! Therefore, the whole food blogger thing is right up my alley. I’m thrilled to be sharing some Better Homes and Garden’s recipes with you on their new blog, Delish Dish! It’s going to be a fun ride.Tis the season to throw pumpkin into EVERYTHING! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it only fitting to start off the season with a post devoted entirely to our orange friend the pumpkin.

A lot of times pumpkin is used in desserts, but these days you’re seeing pumpkin pop up anywhere and everywhere! Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is pretty popular. {I know I made a version with lots of bacon that went over swimmingly!} Pumpkin stews, soups, and even bruschetta are popping up all over the web.

Today, I wanted to share a cute little recipe I found on BHG.com for Pumpkin-Pecan Tassies aka cute little mini pies that are a cross between pumpkin and pecan pies! Totally adorable treats that can easily be made in advance…if you can resist eating these bite sized pies!

Here’s how you make them:

Start by making some pie dough. The recipe calls for refrigerated pie dough, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I made a BHG recipe found here. Once that is good and chilled, you can roll the dough out and cut out 24 2-1/2-inch rounds.

Fit these down into some ungreased mini muffin tins to line. Set aside.

For the pumpkin filling, measure out some pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice*, salt, egg and milk. Stir to just combine. Set aside.

For the pecan topping, stir pecans, brown sugar and melted butter together and that’s it! Super simple, right? {I didn’t have pecans on hand, so I used hazelnuts…still yummy! Feel free to use walnuts or almonds in place of pecans. I say use what you have!}

To make these cuties, spoon about 2 teaspoons of pumpkin filling into each crust…

and then top with a scant 1 teaspoon of pecan topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Remove tassies from muffin tins cool to room temperature. Before serving, add a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired and that’s it!

Really simple to make and totally delicious!

For this recipe and more pumpkin treats, click here.

*If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can make your own! Check out that recipe here.