“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd; buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back...”
This recipe was inspired by a delicious dessert I had recently at Lincoln restaurant in Portland. The chef, Jenn Louis, is working on writing a gnocchi cookbook, so she has been serving gnocchi flights. After our delicious gnocchi flight (Beet Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter, Spaetzle with Morels and Rosemary Cream, and Cavatelli with Lamb Ragu), we were given the dessert menu. I was intrigued by the Popcorn Panna Cotta with Crème Fraîche and Caramel Sauce, so I had to order it. After my first bite I knew I wanted to make popcorn ice cream, but I couldn't settle on a larger concept. I toyed with ice cream sandwiches, but realized I'd rather make a sundae cone using a caramelized white chocolate shell. Along the way I added a spicy pistachio brittle, the whole idea vaguely reminding me of summer and baseball and Cracker Jack.
I adapted the base recipe from Jeni Britton Bauer to make the popcorn ice cream. I also used her recipe for the caramelized white chocolate “bombe” shell and her instructions for making “bombebasticks.” All of the recipes can be found in Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home. I used a basic peanut brittle recipe, substituting pistachios for peanuts and adding a bit of cayenne pepper for kick.
Don't let the steps in the recipe dissuade you -- it is less work than it seems, and you can omit parts of the process if you prefer. If you don't feel like making sundae cones you can just scoop the ice cream into bowls then drizzle on some of the caramelized white chocolate shell. You can skip the brittle or the white chocolate shell or both. The plain popcorn ice cream tastes a lot like kettle corn, and is pretty delicious all by itself. —hardlikearmour
Hardlikearmour’s Sundae Ball Game Cones may be the perfect way to celebrate summer. The MVP is the popcorn ice cream -- the technique for making it is super smart and the taste is seriously delicious. The caramelized white chocolate shell nicely complements the kettle corn flavor, and crunchy bits of spicy pistachio brittle make it more addictive still. The addition of the waffle cone is just plain fun. Once assembled, there's a playful yet professional quality to this dessert. I can only imagine what a huge hit they’d be at a summer birthday party or BBQ; I can't wait to find out! —EmilyC