We are just getting into the holiday season, and for our family, this is about the time of year that we get our Christmas tree. Bringing the tree into the house immediately consumes the space with holiday fervor, in particular, the scent of a fresh cut pine. And it is that exact aroma that I wanted to infuse into our ice cream. To pair with it, I decided to stay true to the pine and chocolate coat it. So let’s get started with this week’s flavor – Douglas Fir with Chocolate Covered Pine Nuts.
To get started with the infusion, I used these douglas fir spring tips from Juniper Ridge. They are a perfect way to infuse that sweet earthy pine flavor into our ice cream base. After our base is heated the spring tips are steeped, the mix is cooled, and is ready for the churn.
Next, the chocolate covered pine nuts. I knew the ice cream would offer plenty of sweetness, so I decided to use an uber dark chocolate, 85% Cocoa from Theo. The chocolate is melted in a double boiler, but before the pine nuts go in, they are toasted in the oven. After the pine nuts are dipped in chocolate, they are cooled on parchment paper and salted. Once cooled, they’re broken up and tossed into the douglas fir ice cream at the end of the churn.
Snap into the holiday spirit. It’s Douglas Fir with Chocolate Covered Pine Nuts. We’re putting the Christmas tree in our ice cream.
You can be one of two lucky winners of this fabulous, scratch made craft ice cream in our weekly pint giveaway. Enter your name in the comments section here, or on our facebook page under the posted contest. Two winners will be drawn randomly on Friday 12/5/14 at 4pm. Winners must be able to pick up locally. Prizes must be claimed by email within one week or we will redistribute. 🙂 Good luck!