Mmmm, bacon. But in ice cream? Surely only a genius or a mad scientist could make that work; fortunately, Heston Blumenthal is a bit of both, and bacon and egg ice cream is a signature dish of his Fat Duck Restaurant. I've never visited nor do I own any of his cookbooks (broad hint to any family members reading this), but he's made the recipe available online, and I thought I'd try it out.

The recipe appears in several places (The Guardian, Channel4) and there is a short video you should also watch, where Blumenthal narrates the production & presentation. However, the dish seems to have evolved somewhat, and later versions use liquid nitrogen or dry ice to make the ice cream, and it now looks for all the world like scrambled eggs. Accordingly, he serves it with caramelized brioche, which looks like toast, a tomato and red pepper paste that looks like jam, and to wash it down, jellied tea. The last two I thought I would leave to the Fat Duck, but the scrambled-eggs-on-toast look of the first two parts really appealed to me. I've done a bit of cryogenic mixology in the past using dry ice (the Color-Changing Martini, and also see Eyeball Cocktails) and I figured some of these skills might be handy in making this wacky dessert...

Step 1: Ingredients

For our (simplified) version of the dessert, we used:

Ice cream:
6 rashers (slices) of bacon
24 egg yolks
175 g caster (berry) sugar
25 g skim milk powder
1 liter whole milk
50 g corn syrup (the original recipe called for liquid glucose, but the supermarket didn't have any)
Liquid nitrogen (dry ice works, too)

1 loaf brioche. We made ours in the breadmaker, using the following ingredients:
3 large eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1/3 cup milk
3 tbsp water

And unsalted butter and caster sugar for the frying/caramelization.
I cannot help fancying it...haha
Oops! Fixed, thanks!
Part of a perfect balanced... desert?
i love you.
@Makendo; Hi! I couldn't not read this. Excellent details and pics. Love the melting sugar in a pan - my mother used to say cooking was the most advanced form of chemistry. I've sent the link to a) my cooking loving, and b) my bacon loving friends and also tweeted it. Did you know that you can now get bacon-flavored dental floss? Cheers! : ) Site
Oh my goodness. Yes.
MMM...What about adding a delicious pavlova recipe to use up all those excess egg whites and make it a really memorable party.
Good idea... pavlova is on the menu tonight. 24 egg whites should mean a pretty darn big one...
mmm look like apetitno
Yes. Oh yes. Thank you. <br />Yes.<br />

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