Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oatmeal Stout and Heath Bar Ice Cream

I'll start out right away by admitting this ice cream flavor was not my idea. Two people who are in Matt's TC Maker group were talking about it on Twitter & one thought perhaps I would take up the challenge of trying to make it. Well I'm always up for a little cooking challenge...
Oatmeal Stout Heath Bar Ice Cream
This was a total success, if I do say so myself. The ice cream base has a slight bitter flavor but also a bit of a toffee flavor from the stout. The sweetness of the Heath bar is a good foil to that bitterness while the toffee in it helps bring out more of that toffee flavor. The texture of the ice cream is beautifully creamy making a good base for the crunch of the Heath Bar. This is a flavor I'll definitely make again!

Oatmeal Stout and Heath Bar Ice Cream

16 oz oatmeal stout
3 egg yolks
1/2 c sugar
1 c cream
1 c half & half
2 Heath bars, chopped

In a saucepan bring the stout to a boil. Allow to reduce to about 1 cup.

In a large bowl whisk the egg yolks & sugar together until light yellow & thick. Set aside.

Reduce the heat under the stout to low & add the cream & milk. Bring to a simmer. Slowly stir into the egg mixture. Its important to add the milk slowly & stir so you don't end up with scrambled eggs. Return to the saucepan & cook while stirring until the mixture is slightly thickened. Strain into a clean storage container. Refrigerate until completely cold.

Process according to your ice cream maker's directions. Add the chopped Heath bar pieces during the last 5 minutes of mixing. Let freeze for a few hours before serving.

Makes about 1 quart.

This is my entry into The Ice Cream Social Challenge being hosted by Scotty Snacks, Savor The Thyme and Tangled. Noodle. Click on any of their links to see how you can join in too. Entries are due July, 31!

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© 2007-2009 Kathy Lewinski

29 comments:

Jeff said...

I was drooling when you were talking about this on Twitter. Now that I have seen it I am drooling even more. Grrr.....

Looks and sounds awesome!!!

Lori said...

I knew it had to be with a tasty stout when I saw the Tweet. This is wonderful, what a creation! I love waking up to recipes like this. ;) Now I can hardly wait to get to my ice cream maker!

Lisa said...

Wow, very creative and looks delicious.

billjac said...

It's interesting that the reduced stout gave a creamy mouthfeel to an otherwise relatively low fat ice cream. I'm concerned, though, that the more subtle flavor notes of the stout might be lost during cooking. Is the flavor still recognizably from the same brew as when sipped straight from the bottle? If not, what would you say changed?

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Ice Cream Forum said...

I never would have thought of this flavor myself.

Grace said...

how very interesting and completely awesome! to me, the heath bar can do no wrong, and i think your bowl of goodness looks like perfection itself.

Tangled Noodle said...

When I first read "oatmeal stout ice cream", I was eager! When I first saw your preview photo, I was impatient! Now, here it is and it looks delicious!!

I am bookmarking and printing this recipe - it will no doubt be a hit in our house (and I'll keep in mind your comments re: boiling beer). Reiterating my tweet: this is a great photo - I can see all the frostiness , the Heath bar pieces and the color looks like rich coffee ice cream. And I have the exact same little dish! By any chance, did it originally hold a creme brulee? 8-D

hungry dog said...

That looks amazing!

Peter M said...

I love oatmeal stout (better than Guinness) and having had beer ice cream before, I know I'd devour this. Two scoops please!

Robert Britt said...

Yeah, I am pretty much totally ready to make and consume this treat. Two of my favorites combined and made into ice cream? can't go wrong

I will have to tweet this treat
my account RobertB1963

thanks for posting!

Rose said...

You guys are two of the most creative cooks I follow! I love your blog. Thanks for all the great ideas, tips and inspiration.

kat said...

Thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

Billjac - We had a little of the stout left over so did a side by side tonight. The smell is very much the same & so is the flavor. I think the ice cream is just a little less intense & bitter than the beer, it has after all be cut by cream & eggs.

Karine said...

That looks good! I am a of of beer, but I would like to try your recipe! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear it turned out so great. Which stout did you use, precisely? I'd like to give it a try and (hopefully) have the result taste similar. Esp. re: the bitterness, which some oatmeal stouts in my experience lack.

Scotty (w the Ice Cream) Snacks said...

Oh My Good Snacks. Heath bar is totally like one of my favorite fat finger grabs while waiting in the grocery store checkout these days. I love love love the toffee texture and taste..mmmmm !!

Well done, thanks much for enjoying.. snack on! :D

Daniel said...

Hey thnx for sharing with us a very yummy ice cream till now i do not have any Ice machine but after looking this post i have to add Ice Machine in my Kitchen ........Nice Post

kat said...

The Oatmeal Stout we used was Samuel Smith's

Tae said...

wow, I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could make this for my husband

Justin and Mary said...

This sounds so good!! Just wanted to say hi. I read your blog all the time and have used quite a few recipes. But I've never commented. I used your grilled pizza recipe on Friday. Awesome!!

Lori said...

A unique flavor indeed. I love when you go out on a limb with some recipe and end up loving it. Good for you Kat!

darnold23 said...

Amazing! I must give this a try. It sounds so interesting.

Aunt Else's Æbleskiver said...

Yum!!! I am going to try this at home! This will be an instant hit in our family

Genevieve said...

We made this the other night and it's now our new favorite flavor. It's like "Coffee Toffee Heath Bar Crunch" --for grownups. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Dirk Voetberg said...

I made this and all six at the dinner party loved this. All of them, with the first spoonful, looked kind of quizzical, then, after about three spoonfuls, everyone was addicted.

WizzyTheStick said...

Okay so obviously I love this having made a similar version:-) Stout is a very popular flavour in my country. Love the addition of the Heath Bar.

Ice Machines said...

Hey I love Oatmeal Stout and Heath Bar Ice Creams..............

ice machine said...

Rocky road ice cream is my favorite

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