Saturday, August 29, 2009
Irish Whiskey Ice Cream
Murphy's Ice Cream, the shop behind the wonderful Ice Cream Ireland blog, says that the Irish Whiskey Ice Cream is its best selling flavor. I figured I'd better try it to see what all the fuss was about.
- We have tons of Scotch Whisky (no "e") but I wanted to give this the full Irish respect it deserves, so we bought some Jameson's Irish Whiskey (with an "e")
- The ice cream has a pretty standard custard base, then cream and whiskey are added. I wondered how the ice cream would taste since the whiskey was not cooked at all.
Wow, this is great ice cream! I'd been afraid the ice cream would end up too boozy, but it is pretty subtle and delicate. The custard base makes it good and creamy, with a definite but mild kick from the whiskey. My husband flipped for this one, ranking it right behind vanilla (and equivalent to the fleur de lait) - he dearly loves white ice creams!
This was the ice cream that I paired with the applesauce cake, and it was amazing together - the caramel and the whiskey flavors combined beautifully. I can see that it would also be wonderful with oatmeal or spice cakes, bread puddings, or fruit crisps.
Of course it's also delicious all by itself in a big bowl!