Spike Your Sweets: Bourbon Pecan Pie Ice Cream
Can you guess what holiday it is today? If you said National Pecan Pie Day, you’d be correct. And since you know we loooove food holidays here at Brit + Co, we decided to combine ice cream month and pecan pie day, and spike it (obviously). So, we present Bourbon Pecan Pice Ice Cream served in mini pie shells. Seriously, make this right now. What are you waiting for?
Bourbon Pecan Pie Ice Cream
makes 1 quart
1 cup milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups candied pecans (recipe below)
1 package pre-made piecrust
1/3 cup bourbon
1. Combine sugar, vanilla, heavy cream, and whole milk in a medium saucepan, and heat over medium heat.
2. Stir consistently until sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Bring mixture to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, and cook for approximately 4 minutes.
4. Transfer to an airtight container, and chill in the refrigerator until cool—at least 2 hours.
5. While the mixture is chilling make the candied pecans (see below), and bake one pie crust in a pie pan according to the package directions.
6. For the second pie crust, cut out circles with a glass or biscuit cutter and bake in muffin tins to make mini pie shells.
7. Freeze the milk base in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. While the ice cream is churning add in the bourbon, candied pecans, and crumbled pie crust.
9. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.
10. Dish in the mini pie shells and top with a few pecans.
These are the four basic things you need for pretty much any ice cream base. You can add a little salt, too.
Be careful that your base doesn’t boil over. Once it starts to boil, turn down to a simmer to cook. Once the base is chilling, make the candied pecans.
makes 4 cups
4 cups pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1. Make simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small sauce pan and heating over medium -high heat until the sugar dissolves.
2. Pour simple syrup over the pecans, and stir until they are coated.
3. Spread pecans on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet to harden.
4. Chop before adding to ice cream if desired.
If you have extra, these are great for snacking, too!
We used a regular drinking glass and a jumbo muffin tin to make mini pie shell bowls. Just make sure your glass is about the same size as the top of the muffin tin to get short sides on your pie shells.
Once the base is chilled, pour it and the bourbon into the freezer bowl. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your ice cream maker.
Once the ice cream has finished churning add the crumbled pie crust and the candied pecans. Save some of the pecans to top your dessert when you serve it.
It was everything we could do not to not to dig in right now! But waiting until it’s fully frozen will make it that much better.
Get a few extra pecans ready for toppings!
Mini pie crusts = perfect for portion control.
Look at all those pecans.
Serve these quickly. The alcohol in the ice cream means it melts a little bit faster than non-alcoholic ice cream.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Tell us in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)