It’s time to dust off your ice cream maker, don’t you think? Memorial Day is behind us, it’s unofficially summer and it’s been sweltering back East. Even Seattle is kicking off a run of sunny, beautiful, sit-on-the-deck kind of days. Days that demand ice cream. Around here, we don’t let weather dictate our ice cream consumption, but with berries and stone fruit starting to come in, it was a perfect opportunity to make a batch of Molly Moon’s Cherry Chocolate Chunk ice cream.
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In FoodBlogLand, everything is well lit and screen-lickingly delicious. All dishes are successes and a minor misstep can be saved with a well-placed garnish or a sauce. But in the real world, sometimes things just don’t turn out the way you expect. I could let this custard melt back to its former state (which would take less than 5 minutes) and call it a shoyu caramel milkshake, but I’m not gonna do it. It was meant to be ice cream and it just didn’t freeze into anything that would hold a remotely scoop-like shape. It just didn’t.
The caramel flavor is strong, the consistency is creamy with the elasticity you associate with caramel,but you just can’t lick it off a cone. But even in this beautiful disaster there’s a win – the caramel sauce.
Inspiration comes at the oddest moments. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do, still laying in bed, is a scroll-through of email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what happened over night. Sunrise is at 5 something now, alarm goes off at 6, and there is zero chance I’m getting out of bed before that. On one of those scroll-throughs, Chronicle Books was doing a Twitter contest to win a signed copy of the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Bookand a bag of bacon peanut brittle. All you had to do to enter was come up with a dream Humphry Slocombe flavor. My idea: Chocolate y Churros — a cayenne-kicked Mexican chocolate ice cream with churro chunks (I didn’t win)…but it led to these cayenne-kicked fudgesicles for the Zoku.
There’s really only one thing to say about Humphry Slocombe’s Butter Beer ice cream: OMFG. It’s not hyperbole. It’s not even sucking up, this ice cream is really that good. It’s ridiculous. And hold the phone, I didn’t get this scoop at the shop, I made it. At home. From the new book – the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book.
Now, if you’re already a Humphry Slocombe fan, I know what you’re saying, “What, you didn’t start with Secret Breakfast?” I love me some Secret Breakfast and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, but I said, “We gotta go for one of the deep cuts. And it shall be Butter Beer.” This isn’t the Butter Beer you’re thinking of, it’s a combo of their Stout and Brown Butter ice creams, and it’s not one for the kiddies.