Ice Cream Flavor of the Week: Sweet Potato with Maple-Glazed Pecans

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For Thanksgiving, I was in charge of responsible for bringing the rolls and dessert. My family knows I’ve been learning how to cook and bake for most of the year and were excited to try some home-baked goodies.

I used Peter Reinhart’s formula for white bread variation #2 (made with buttermilk) from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice for the rolls.  I’ve made these rolls a few times already and they are now my go-to recipe for party rolls. They’re fairly simple and are always a big hit.

As for dessert, my mother requested traditional pumpkin pie. This did not excite me. I don’t like pumpkin pie. I made a recipe for Pumpkin Cream Pie I found in the November 2008 issue of Everyday Food. People seemed to like it. I also made a brown-sugar apple cheesecake from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking…From My Home to Yours. It was a past Tuesdays with Dorie selection and one I could cross off my list of completed recipes. It was very delicious and a big hit, but it was the ugliest cheesecake I’ve ever seen.

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I also brought ice cream. Rather than bring plain vanilla ice cream, I decided to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream with Maple-Glazed Pecans. One thing (out of many, many) I love about David Lebovitz is his descriptions at the beginning of {almost} every recipe in The Perfect Scoop. In the one for this ice cream, he encourages the reader to use brightly colored sweet potatoes with a vibrant orange color. He mentions that sometimes he will even scratch off the peel a bit with is fingernail before purchase to ensure the color quality. So there I was in Trader Joes, scratching the surface of sweet potatoes looking for brightly colored ones.

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The ice cream was a  success. At first my mother was skeptical about the flavor. She loved it and talked about it the next day, the next day, and maybe again today–I haven’t talked to her yet. Too bad she never tasted the Basil Ice Cream I made over the summer. :P

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4 thoughts on “Ice Cream Flavor of the Week: Sweet Potato with Maple-Glazed Pecans

  1. Yum this looks and sounds so good. CA was fun and crazy busy with cars and people!! Im from Idaho so it was a little more hectic getting around. I love the shopping !

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