Cranberry Mint + Bourbon Ice Pops

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So, it maybe slush-snowed yesterday and maybe it’s been kind of freezing around here, but I made popsicles anyway…cause, why not? Especially when these pops combine a seasonal gem like cranberries, herbal mint, and a hit of warm bourbon for good measure. The pops freeze up with an almost sorbet-like texture and turn out the best jewel-toned berry hue. I mean, I’ll just pull on my f-ugg boots and add another layer in the form of a cardi coat to get my pop-tail on…weather be damned, I don’t even care.

Cranberry Mint + Bourbon Ice Pops

Makes about 10 servings.

As always, these pops are not SUPER boozey since alcohol inhibits freezing…meaning too much booze will result in slush…which isn’t really a bad thing, but it won’t result in a pop. Also, I use THIS ice pop mold. 

12 ounces of fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup mint leaves

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups water, divided

1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) bourbon

In a saucepan combine the cranberries, mint, sugar, and 1/2 cup water. Heat until it comes to a boil, the sugar dissolves, and cranberries pop. Remove from the heat and press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Whisk in the remaining water and the bourbon. Allow to cool to room temperature and pour into ice pop molds. Freeze 1 hour before inserting the stick, then continue to freeze for several hours until solid.

In a saucepan

 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream

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So, remember when I was having a dilemma about whether or not to keep adding text to my lead photo? Well, I’ve decided, with your feedback, to just do whatever the heck I wanna do. I think it will work out nicely and now I don’t have any more imaginary stress about it. So, THANKS. You are all the best…so, I made you ice cream!

YAY!

This ice cream is so dang good, you guys. I mean, it has all the flavors of a pumpkin cinnamon roll, including a gooey cinnamon caramel swirl AND a cream cheese icing swirl. I mean, we all know cream cheese icing never hurt a cinnamon bun, amiright? The ice cream is laced with pumpkin puree and a punch of spices making it taste like all the things we love about autumn, plus those swirls. The swirls aren’t totally necessary, but they really make this ice cream something else…plus they make for pretty scoops and I’m all about cute food.

And, can we talk about how it’s October and I’ve been wearing witchy colors on my nails EVERYDAY, that have apparently transferred into the styling here. I love that black flatware and have had it almost since the beginning of this blog–meaning it’s older than my 3-year-old niece.  I can’t always make it work the rest of the year…so just another reason to L-O-V-E fall. Okay, I’m done. Happy Friday, get yo’ pumpkin ice cream on!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream

Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

It is best to make the cinnamon caramel in advance so it can cool to room temperature before layering with the ice cream. You will probably have a little extra caramel, so just store it in a lidded jar in the refrigerator for 1 week…and pour it over this ice cream OR use it to dip apples into.

3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup plain pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 cups whole milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

2/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

In a large bowl whisk the softened cream cheese until creamy, stir in the maple and pumpkin. In another small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of the milk. Set both aside.  Prepare an ice bath in a clean sink or large bowl.

In a saucepan heat the remaining milk, sea salt, cream, sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer and quickly whisk in the cornstarch mixture until well combined. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook while stirring for 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into the bowl containing the cream cheese and pumpkin mixture. Whisk to combine completely. Pour the mixture into a gallon size freezer bag, seal, and dunk into the ice bath. Let it sit in the ice bath until cool.  Process the ice cream base in a ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions. Layer the ice cream into a container with the cooled cinnamon caramel and cream cheese—try to get at least three layers for maximum swirled goodness.

For the Cinnamon Caramel Sauce:

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons cinnamon

In a saucepan heat the sugar, water, butter, and corn syrup together until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture becomes deep golden brown and caramelized. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the salt and heavy cream until smooth and glossy. The caramel will bubble furiously at this point, so be careful! Stir in the cinnamon and pour into a heatproof container to cool.

For the Cream Cheese Swirl:

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until combined and smooth.

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Frozen Pink Pecan Birthday Pie

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Hey, there! Today we have another lovely guest post, this time from the ever-lovely Jill Donenfeld of The Culinistas. Jill recently had a birthday and she sent me the recipe for a celebration  appropriate Pink Pecan Birthday Pie. The photos below are by me and the recipe + post are from Jill. Enjoy!!

Well it’s post-birthday but I’m still riding high because of this awesome ice cream pie and the fact that Cindy wants to share the love.
I am so lucky to have this Cindy-tastic birthday epilogue in my life. I love my birthday because it’s a chance to see my friends all at once and it’s a chance for me to give everyone a little special gift for being in my life. This year, I was coming straight from a month in the country so I went with farm stand sunflowers.  And bindis. Everyone got bindis. But, that’s mostly because I wanted to wear one. Anyway. The other thing is that I love cake and pie and whipped cream and berries. So, birthdays are good for that, too.
Here we go…. make ‘er pretty Cindy…
Pink Birthday Pecan Pie
The crust is from my cookbook: Party Like a Culinista. It’s featured in the Apple Raisin Tart recipe and it’s the best crust ever.
xo

Jill

Pink Birthday Pecan Pie

For the crust:

3 cups pecans

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

3 TB sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1tsp salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

6 to 10 TB water

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Blend pecans and flour in a processor. Add sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Then add coconut oil. Add water as needed, if dough needs more bind. Turn dough out of food processor and press dough into a pie pan. Trim the excess. Refrigerate for 15 minutes covered in plastic wrap. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool then chill til cold. For the filling and

topping:

1 pint strawberry ice cream

1 cup pecans, chopped

2 TB butter

3 TB brown sugar

1 cup raspberries

1 pint heavy cream

3 TB powdered sugar

Spread ice cream evenly across crust. Place in freezer for two hours. Meanwhile, make the candied pecans by heating the butter and pecans over medium heat in a small pan. Add the sugar and stir until caramelized. Spread on a piece of wax paper and let cool. Next make the raspberry whipped cream by mixing the berries, the sugar, and the cream in a metal bowl and whipping using an immersion blender. When pie has set, top the ice cream with the whipped cream. Sprinkle with candied pecans.

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The Birthday Gal! (photos courtesy of Jill)

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Copyright Jill A. Donenfeld–2013