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Candied bacon ice cream

Prep time 55 minutes Cook time 12 hours

Serves 6 people



  • 2 rashers smoked Australian middle bacon
  • 600ml cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 rashers smoked bacon, grilled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • Honeycomb to serve


  1. 1.
    Cut the rashers of smoked Australian bacon in half and place bacon in a deep heavy based saucepan.
  2. 2.
    Whisk together the cream, milk and caster sugar and pour over the bacon.
  3. 3.
    Heat the saucepan over a low heat being careful not to boil the milk approximately 5 minutes.
  4. 4.
    Allow the mixture to cool slightly and remove the bacon pieces.
  5. 5.
    Remove half a cup of the cream mixture and whisk together with the egg yolks. Salt and paprika.
  6. 6.
    Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat stirring constantly until mixture has thickened and coats the back of the spoon.
  7. 7.
    Remove the custard from the saucepan and cool in a bowl. Return the bacon to the bowl and cover with a piece of baking paper to prevent a skin forming.
  8. 8.
    Cool in the refrigerator 20 minutes.
  9. 9.
    Whilst custard is cooling prepare the candied bacon. Place the grilled bacon on a tray lined with baking paper and pour the combined sugar and maple syrup. Coat the bacon well with the mixture.
  10. 10.
    Place the tray in a preheated oven 160°C until bacon is clear and caramelised (approximately 30 minutes). Remove and place bacon on a wire rack to cool.
  11. 11.
    Remove the custard from the refrigerator. Turn in cream churn on, slowly pour the ice cream into the machine. (If you don’t have an ice cream machine, put it into a bowl and mix every 30 minutes until set).
  12. 12.
    Finely chop 2 of the candied bacon rashers into very small pieces and add the bacon to the ice cream churn and churn for 20 minutes.
  13. 13.
    Remove the ice cream from the churn and place in an airtight container freeze for 12 hours prior to serving.
  14. 14.
    Serve scoops of Bacon ice cream with a shard of candied bacon and top with chopped honeycomb.

General Information

Freeze the bowl of your ice cream churn 12 – 24 hours prior to use for best results.