Sweet Pea Almond with Rye Caramel

Springtime! It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming! Right? It is coming, right? Finally, it is actually here; we think. Soon, the fruits of Spring will start showing their colors, and our flavors will start reflecting all that is seasonable in Minnesota. In preparation for such a late start this year, our friends over at Bossy Acres have been busy in their new greenhouse. Last year Bossy was accepted into the Organic Field School incubator program, giving them access to more land, training, and equipment usage. As part of the program, they are allowed to use a portion of the Gardens of Eagen¬†greenhouse, which gives them a big head start with these Minnesota winters. Such a head start, that it’s enough to inspire this weeks flavor: Sweet Pea Almond with Rye Caramel.

 

Pea Shoots from @BossyAcres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so itching to get on to Spring and Summer flavors, and we can’t tell you how happy we were to get a message from the great farmers at Bossy Acres letting us know they had pea shoots for us. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Just look at how gorgeous they are. If you haven’t had them, you best find out the next time Bossy is selling at the market, because these pea shoots epitomize Spring with their snappy yet tender and sweet, earthy pea flavor. This is where it all begins…

 

 

AlmondsToasted AlmondsCrushed Almonds

 

 

 

 

 

For the ice cream, I decided I wanted to infuse the sweet pea and almond flavor into our ice cream base. To get the most flavor out of the almonds, we first slow roasted them in the oven and gave them a quick pulse in the food processor.

 

 

@BossyAcres Pea Shoots and Almonds Steeping in Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pea shoots and crushed almonds are steeped in our cane sugar base, then strained through a fine mesh strainer. The sweet pea and almond-infused ice cream base is ready for churning.

 

 

Rye BerriesGround Rye Berries and CreamRye Caramel

 

 

 

 

 

The final component of this week’s flavor is a rye caramel. As soon as I heard “pea shoots”, I immediately had visions of creamed peas on rye bread. Ice cream translation: sweet pea ice cream with rye caramel. For the caramel, we first ground whole rye berries and steeped them in our cream. We then caramelized granulated sugar and made a traditional caramel adding in our rye infused cream after caramelization. The result is a light and subtle rye flavored caramel that gets layered into the sweet pea almond ice cream during packaging.

 

 

Sweet Pea Almond with Rye Caramel

 

 

 

Springtime! It’s here y’all! At least it’s here in our Sweet Pea Almond with Rye Caramel ice cream with Bossy Acres pea shoots!

 

Want to try it? You can win one of the only two pints in the world, filled with 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. 2 lucky winners will be drawn randomly on Friday 5/10 at 4pm. Winners must be able to pick up locally and give us feedback. Pints must be claimed by email within one week or we will redistribute. ūüôā Good luck!

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Sweet Pea Mint

Here in Minnesota Spring is in the air, which is a little weird since it has felt like Spring for about two months now. This new season brings us much anticipation of a whole range of new flavors that the Minnesota harvest will bring. And thanks to our pals over at Bossy Acres, the harvest has already begun. If you don’t know Bossy, it’s time you “liked” them and followed them on Facebook and Twitter. Karla and Elizabeth of Bossy Acres are growing local, sustainable, organic produce right here in the city of Minneapolis, along with a small two acre plot in Dayton, MN. Not only are they growing a wide range of vegetables,¬†gourmet salad mixes, micro greens, herbs,¬†and¬†sprouts, they are truly great stewards of our community.

Thanks to their efforts at their urban ag site, we picked up some of these gorgeous pea shoots for this weeks flavor: Sweet Pea Mint

These beauties are no joke. They offer a ton of sweet pea flavor and a nice crunchy pop. The question is: how do I get that sweet pea flavor into the ice cream?

These shoots are gold, and knowing the time and effort Bossy put into growing these really had me thinking about the best way to go about things. This is the point where I could go off about how important it is to know where your food comes from, and starting a relationship with your local farmers, purveyors and businesses, but I will spare you for another day.

 

I decided to separate the stems from the leaves. The stems got tossed into the cream for a steeping session along with

some of the leaves from this lucious mint from the Wisconsin Growers Cooperative.

After steeping, the mixture gets strained of all solids.

 

 

At this point the base took on a light green hue. The flavors were all there, but I really wanted more of that sweet pea flavor to envelop the cream, so I took the separated fresh pea shoot leaves and processed them finely in the food processor.

The sweet pea leaves get added into the strained sweet pea mint cream base and then into the mixer for a churn.

The result…

 

 

 

 

FrozBroz Spring flavors comin atchya with Sweet Pea Mint ice cream! At first bite the sweet pea flavor hits hard followed by a blast of mint then blending together like two peas in a pod.

 

 

 

As we do every week, we’ll be giving away two pints of this flavor. Just leave a comment on our facebook page to be entered into the drawing. If you don’t have a facebook account, leave a comment right here on the blog. We’ll draw two winners on Friday afternoon (4/27/2012) at 4pm and will announce them on our facebook page (or email you if you’re comment resides here). Our only conditions are you must be able to pick it up here in Minneapolis, and be willing to give us a little feedback that can be shared with everyone else. Good luck!

Would you like to see more of this kind of ice cream or be able to buy it online? ¬†Then please, help us with our fundraiser on indiegogo, we only have 15 days left and need all the help we can get! And in exchange you’ll be one of the first to get our ice cream. ¬†Visit our page at¬†www.indiegogo.com/frozbroz

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