This gelled pretty quickly in my head to Almond Ice Cream with Toasted Almond Brittle.
I had no idea how phenomenal this was going to be - if so, I would have taken more pictures! I am telling you right now, I just sat and said "mmmm" the whole time I ate this. The cool, creamy texture of the ice cream broken up by the crisp bits of brittle was delish!
Almond Brittle (I used my Mom's Peanut Brittle recipe as the template for this recipe.)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or light corn syrup)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 cup toasted slivered almonds (I'm sure sliced would work)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Toast the almonds. I do it on a pan in the oven, but however you do it, watch them closely. They go from toasted to burnt fast!
- Grease one large cookie sheet.
- Take a deep breath and prepare to be patient and focused on the candy!
- In a saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and water. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.
- Bring to a boil and blend in the butter.
- Stir frequently until the mix reaches 230 degrees.
- When the mix reaches 280 degrees add the nuts.
- Stir until the mixture reaches 305 degrees or soft crack stage.
- Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and almond extract.
- Pour onto large greased cookie sheet. Stretch and let cool. Break into pieces after it's cool. (I chopped this when I put it on top of the ice cream).
Almond Ice Cream (I used the Almond Ice Cream recipe from The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein as the guide for this ice cream.)
7 ounces almond paste
2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 toasted almond slivers (optional)
- Combine the almond paste and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth. Warning - I tried an electric mixer first and the sugar just started flying everywhere! (There are many types of almond paste, but you shouldn't have any decisions to make as most stores only carry one. I would suggest using almond paste, not the marzipan that you'll see right next to the almond paste. The first ingredient in marzipan is sugar, not almonds.)
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in the almond extract and salt. Move the almond paste mixture to a large bowl.
- Bring the half and half to a simmer in a heavy saucepan. Slowly beat the hot half and half into the almond paste mixture.
- Pour back into the pan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly and slowly, so as not to scramble the eggs.
- Remove from the heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow to cool slightly and stir in the heavy cream.
- Chill and follow the directions for your ice cream machine.
- If using, mix in the toasted nuts when it's almost the ice cream thickness you desire in the ice cream machine.
This is a "please repeat" for me! I hope you enjoy it.