It’s no secret that I love bourbon. We currently have 3 types of bourbon on our bar cart and may there never ever be less than 3 types available in our house. Going out, I either order beer or bourbon. That’s it. Once when I was visiting my sister abroad, her friend asked me while standing in line for a bar “what’s your favorite type of drink?” “Beer or bourbon, for sure,” I said. He goes “Wow, that’s so… mature of you.” It took all my energy to keep it together. Mature? I’m not so sure about that. But it was funny that a 20-year-old college student thought so.
This Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream Is The Perfect Boozy Dessert
Naturally, I’m all about boozy desserts. It’s always fun to splash a little whiskey here, a little champagne there. So when I was contacted by Berentzen USA and asked if I would try their new bourbon, I had to say yes!
Berentzen has been producing fruit liquors for over 250 years in Germany. They recently came out with a fantastic Bushel & Barrel bourbon, a combination of straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey and their own apple liquor. The verdict? Holy moly. This is is my jam. And it’s so versatile! You could add it to apple cider, ginger ale, or even have it on the rocks. And because of the distinct toffee notes, the sweetness plays perfectly with my apple pie ice cream.
I mean, regular bourbon pairs well with apples. The only thing that could be better is apple bourbon and apples.
I will surely be sipping on this bourbon throughout the holiday season. I can’t wait to experiment with other recipes! Perhaps a bourbon apple cider donut?
How To Make Homemade Bourbon Ice Cream
Temper the eggs before adding them to the ice cream base—Because this ice cream uses eggs, you’ll need to cook the ice cream base before churning it. However, you can’t just add the eggs straight into the base and hope for the best. Rather, once the base has been heated through, crack the eggs into a separate bowl and add in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture to temper the eggs first. This way, the eggs won’t scramble when incorporated into the ice cream base.
Chill the ice cream baseovernight—The custard base needs to be completely chilled before being mixed, otherwise the ice cream won’t churn properly. My advice? Make the ice cream base right before you go to bed and then pop it into the fridge while you sleep.
Add the mix-ins after the ice cream has been churned—You’ll want to wait to add the oatmeal cookie bits and apple pie chunks until after the ice cream has been churned. The ice cream will be the consistency of soft serve after it’s finished churning, so it’s easy to fold in the mix-ins with a spatula!
Freeze the ice cream before diggingin—I know it’s tempting to dive right into the ice cream after it’s finished churning, but it needs to set in the freezer for a few hours before being scooped. Trust me, you’ll be glad you waited for the real deal!
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In a large pot, combine whole milk and sugars. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir the mixture gently the entire time.* Heat on medium-low heat until the mixture reaches 180°F. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl until light and pale yellow in color. Temper the yolks by adding a small amount (1/4 – 1/2 a cup) of the warm milk mixture into the egg bowl, stirring while you incorporate. Pour the warmed egg yolks into the milk pot, again stirring while you incorporate.
Continue to stir the mixture slowly for about 5 minutes. Your custard will be ready when the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. Don’t let the mixture cook for much longer, or the eggs will cook and the custard will curdle. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, vanilla extract, spices, and salt. Pour into a freezer-safe container and allow to chill for at least 12 hours (overnight is perfect!)
Make the apple pie bits
Presumably in the morning, cut the apples into 1 centimeter cubes and place in a medium pot. Toss with all other ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes, until apples are soft and mushy. Should your mixture become dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time to the pot. You may add up to 1/2 cup of water throughout cooking. Once apple mixture has cooked, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then pulse in an immersion blender until the mixture becomes slightly homogenous, but still so small chunks of apple remain (these provide great texture in the ice cream!!).
Make the oatmeal cookies
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients except for oatmeal in a small mixing bowl and stir until combined. Once combined, fold in oatmeal.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Scoop dough into 6-8 balls and place on the sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies begin to brown at the edges. Allow to cool completely before breaking into pea sized pieces.
Churn the ice cream
It’s time! Churn the ice cream according to your manufacturer’s instructions. Once it is churned, fold in the oatmeal cookie pieces and apple bits! Scoop into a freezer-safe container and allow to chill for at least 6 hours, or again overnight.
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*Be very careful not to whisk your mixture or stir to heavily, or it will foam and separate
The bourbon used in this post was generously gifted from Berentzen USA. Financial compensation was not received for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.