foodie fridays: bourbon honey ice cream with brown butter crumble & fresh peaches

bourbon honey ice cream with brown butter crumble & fresh peaches

A certain layer beneath us may have frozen over.

Are you ready for this?!! (the crowd goes wild!!)

GAH! I feel like I am on some ABC show about to reveal a major makeover. I realize this may sound all sorts of bonkers, but you guys, I’ve NEVER made ice cream before! Wait. This is probably why I was picked last to be on the Dodge Ball team. Because who doesn’t make ice cream on a regular basis. Well, there’s always an outlier, right?

bourbon ice cream

Don’t get me wrong, I like ice cream, it’s just not my go-to when I crave sweets. I am a cake and brownie girl at heart, which drives Mr. B crazy because I lack the impromptu gene to walk down to Little Man Ice cream parlor for a sugar kick. You can cue the violin for him. I totally understand.

bourbon honey ice cream with brown butter crumble & fresh peaches

Well, rather than purchase gallons of ice cream that I know will go to waste, why not make just the right amount for our lil’ household? Now, since this is the first time yours truly whipped up the full show of ice cream, it’s gotta’ be epic. Enter, bourbon honey ice cream. Booze and dessert? Um, yes, please! I couldn’t tell you how easy it is to make. I actually borrowed my friend Katie’s ice cream maker and I may never give it back! Sorry, Katie!

So, yes, that certain H-E-double-hockey-sticks, most certainly did freeze over!

Now, pass me a spoon!

bourbon honey ice cream with brown butter crumble & fresh peaches

Bourbon Honey Ice Cream with Brown Butter Crumble & Fresh Peaches

Yield: Yields 1 quart

Prep Time: 1 hour + overnight chill

Cook Time: 1 hour


for the bourbon honey ice cream:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup favorite bourbon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
fresh peaches, sliced

for the brown butter crumble:
1 stick + 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt


for the bourbon honey ice cream:
In a medium saucepan, combine egg yolks and granulated sugar. Pour milk and cream into saucepan and continue to stir until smooth. Bring the saucepan to a medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture has thickened and coated the back of the spoon...probably about 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat. Strain the egg mixture into a large bowl using a fine mesh strainer. Stir in the bourbon, honey, and vanilla extra. Place plastic wrap over bowl and chill the custard in the fridge overnight. Also, place your ice cream maker into the freezer as well.

The next day, remove plastic wrap from the bowl and the ice cream maker from the freezer. Pour the custard into the ice cream maker and churn for at least 30 minutes. Once thickened, pour the ice cream in a quart container and freeze until ready to serve. Top ice cream with brown butter crumble and fresh peach slices. Enjoy!

for the brown butter crumble:
In a large bowl, add granulated sugar. Set aside. In a small saucepan, add the butter and cook over low heat until brown and smells nutty. Carefully pour the brown butter into the bowl with the sugar and stir to combine. In another large bowl, mix together brown sugar, both flours, and salt. Add the brown butter mixture into the flour mixtures. Stir well. Transfer to a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Press with your fingers to make an even layer. Cover with seran wrap and place in fridge for at least an hour to chill.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break the crumble into chunks so it gets nice and golden brown. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool slightly.

bourbon ice cream lightly adapted from Saveur
brown butter crumble lightly adapted from Food and Wine Magazine

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32 Responses to “foodie fridays: bourbon honey ice cream with brown butter crumble & fresh peaches”

  1. #
    Naomi — June 6, 2014 at 13:31

    This looks and sounds insane! Love!!!

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 13:37

      Thanks, Naomi! Have a fab weekend!

  2. #
    Matt — June 6, 2014 at 13:32

    The bourbon in this is such a great touch!

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 13:37

      Nothing better than a little bourbon with dessert! Thanks, Matt!

  3. #
    Erika — June 6, 2014 at 13:45

    Bourbon and Peaches in ice cream..? This makes my southern heart happy..

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 13:46

      I had a feeling you might like this guy! xoxo

  4. #
    Tieghan — June 6, 2014 at 13:56

    Love, love, love the combo of peaches and bourbon! This looks awesome!

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 16:44

      Thanks, Tieghan! Have a great weekend!

  5. #
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon — June 6, 2014 at 14:23

    This looks amazing! I have too much interest in walking to Lik’s (right near Cheesman Park) on a frequent basis to get a ‘nightly walk’ in that I definitely shouldn’t make ice cream at home too… haha!

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 16:45

      Thank you!! I need to check out Lik’s!!

  6. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — June 6, 2014 at 14:33

    Yay for making ice cream! And wow, this sounds like a pretty epic recipe to start. I love all things bourbon + peach. :)

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 16:45

      Thanks, Ali! Come to Denver for a scoop:)

  7. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 6, 2014 at 15:11

    I can’t believe YOU”VE never made ice cream before. You definitely started off with a bang in the ice cream world.

    • Lauren replied: — June 6th, 2014 @ 16:46

      I know…it’s shameful! Please forgive me. How about a scoop or two to go?

  8. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — June 6, 2014 at 16:50

    Oh yes! Looks so good. I don’t think you’ll be able to stop making homemade ice cream now that you’ve starting. It’s addicting. I’ve made 3 batches this week alone! One of which was also a bourbon ice cream. But I didn’t think of peaches. What a great touch! Gonna try it!

  9. #
    Eileen — June 6, 2014 at 18:33

    This sounds like the best possible combination! Who doesn’t love bourbon and peaches together? I ask you. :)

  10. #
    Jennifer Farley — June 6, 2014 at 19:48

    Wow. Girl…. wow.

  11. #
    Cassie — June 6, 2014 at 20:09

    That honey drizzle! The bourbon ice cream. Oh my. All OVER this.

  12. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — June 6, 2014 at 22:02

    OH H-E-L-L yes is RIGHT!!! This will be made as soon as I get back from vacation!

  13. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 7, 2014 at 03:37

    Wow you dove off into the deep end for your first homemade ice cream, and you nailed it!

  14. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 7, 2014 at 16:52

    This looks so good!!!!!

  15. #
    DessertForTwo — June 7, 2014 at 21:57

    Hello, lover!

  16. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — June 8, 2014 at 17:41

    I’ve never made ice cream either! This is one heck of a way to start! Sounds delicious!

  17. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 8, 2014 at 17:42

    I’m with Mr. B on this one – MOAR Ice cream!! And you knocked it outta the park!

  18. #
    How to Philosophize with Cake — June 8, 2014 at 19:03

    Wow now that is some gourmet ice cream! Love the bourbon + peach flavors, definitely a classic combination! :)

  19. #
    ATasteOfMadness — June 10, 2014 at 20:34

    Oh buy. Words cannot describe how much I want this right now!

  20. #
    Joanne — June 12, 2014 at 02:46

    I definitely prefer to lick my booze off an ice cream cone. But only if the booze is, you know, IN the ice cream. Because anything else would be weird.

    Yay for conquering ice cream fears!


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