“What the what?” (I can hear you saying…) Let me explain. Peanut brittle, with added chunks of sugar cone. So Sugar Cone Peanut Brittle. But I don’t want any of you to break a tooth on frozen brittle (I don’t want your dental bills, ha!), so we’re going to take that brittle and process the heck out of it so it becomes a velvety “butter.” Like nut butter, only better. Way better! It’s a burnt sugar bonanza in your mouth. Good on a spoon, or dip a pretzel in it, or heck, dip your face in it. But save some for the ice cream!
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We’re not only going to mix some of that brittle butter into the ice cream base, but we’re going to swirl some in at the end for added burnt sugar goodness on your taste buds. With some chopped peanuts and chocolate flakes for good measure.
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And in addition to all of this ice creamy goodness going on, Heather from He Cooks She Cooks and I have a fabulous giveaway to kick off Summer and a Summer of Scoops! We’re each giving away a Cuisinart 2 Qt. Ice Cream Maker ($145.00 Suggested Retail Value).
Yes, that’s right. We each have one to give away, so you have double the chances of winning one. Cuisinart has generously provided each of us with an ice cream maker to use and review, and two more to get a couple of lucky readers a jump on a summer of ice cream! (A huge thank you to Rachel!) Read on to find out how to enter.
Using the Cuisinart ICE-30BC is so much fun! It works great, and looks good on the counter, as well. From the website:
- What's better than a quart of luscious homemade ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt? Two quarts! The fully automatic Cuisinart® Pure Indulgence™ makes 2 quarts of your favorite frozen desserts or drinks in as little as 25 minutes. It's easy -- an integrated motor, double-insulated freezer bowl and automatic mixing paddle do all the work. Results are consistently smooth, cleanup is easy, and the brushed metal styling is simply sensational.
- Double insulated freezer bowl holds up to 2 quarts of frozen dessert
Brushed metal housing with embossed logo
Heavy-duty motor makes frozen desserts or drinks in as little as 25 minutes
Large ingredient spout for adding mix-ins
Limited 3-year warranty
You’ll love using this ice cream maker, and with a trusted name like Cuisinart, you don’t need to worry about it breaking down. The large ingredient spout is worth the price of admission alone! My last ice cream maker had a small one--and size does matter in this case. And just think about how much fun you’ll have making ice cream this summer!
Sugar Cone Peanut Brittle Ice Cream
Makes 2 quarts
3 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (totally optional)
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of the sugar cone peanut brittle butter (recipe below)
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted and cooled, broken into "flakes" (instructions below)
Remaining sugar cone peanut brittle butter to swirl in
In a medium bowl, whisk the half and half with the sugar and salt until their dissolved completely. Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla powder (if using) and extract. Now whisk in 1/2 cup of the brittle butter. You'll have to work it in, and there may be some small lumps left, but don't worry, it's all good in the end.
Make sure the mixture is nice and chilled. Chill in the fridge if need be. I whisk mine up in a medium bowl set in a large bowl with ice to keep it cold while I work.
Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions. This should take about 25 minutes.
While that's working, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, stirring at each interval. When completely melted, spread very thin on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the fridge or freezer to chill. When it's completely chilled, remove it and using the paper, break the chocolate into "flakes." I used a dough scraper (straight edge) to help it along.
When the ice cream is done freezing in the machine, add the chopped nuts and chocolate flakes and let the machine stir them in. This should only take about a minute or less.
Turn the ice cream out into an airtight container, and working quickly, plop the remaining sugar cone brittle butter into the ice cream--in smaller clumps, not one large one, and swirl it in with a knife or rubber spatula. Freeze for a few hours or overnight and then pig out!
Sugar Cone Peanut Brittle Butter
Makes a little more than one cup
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
6 sugar cones, broken up into small bits (about 1 cup total)
1 tbsp coconut oil (if you don't have coconut oil, use canola or some other neutral oil)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly butter the parchment.
Pour the sugar in a heavy 10-12 inch skillet, and heat it over low heat for about 20 minutes.
The sugar should start melting around this time. If you're impatient like me, you can turn the heat up a little, but watch it carefully. Swirl the pan around if the sugar seems to be getting too dark. If the sugar isn't melting in the center, stir it just a bit with a wooden spoon--not plastic!
When the sugar is all melted and caramel colored, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, nuts, and sugar cone pieces--again--using a wooden spoon.
Return the pan to low heat and stir to coat the nuts and cone pieces.
Heat until the caramel starts to bubble.
PLEASE remember that this is extremely hot, so be careful.
Pour it out on to the parchment, and separate the big clumps. Let it cool completely. When it's cooled, break the brittle into pieces and set aside 1/2 cup for eating or garnish. Add the rest to your food processor.
Pulse the brittle until it's a fine powder. Continue processing until the powder starts to come together in a smooth paste. This will take a few minutes--maybe 7-10? Mine needed a little help at this point, so I added the 1 tbsp of coconut oil and it turned into a paste immediately. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
- This ice cream is creamy and rich--and not too sweet with the added nuts. The chocolate chips I use are Ghirardelli Bittersweet, so they cut the sweetness factor, too. It scoops well and satisfies your cravings for sweet, salty, crunchy and smooth, all in one.
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Leave us a comment here telling us if you could make any ice cream flavor at all - what would it be. No answer is too weird. You know you want that taco ice cream.
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SO that would give you a total of FIVE entries to win this AHMAZING ice cream maker. Head on over to Heather’s blog to check out her ice cream and get more entries! And laugh your butt off--man, she cracks me up!
A random winner will be chosen on Friday, June 22nd. You must leave a valid email address so you can be contacted. You’ll have two days to respond or another winner will be chosen. Open to US residents only.
Disclaimer: We were given the Ice Cream Makers to review at no charge.