Recipe: Vanilla Bean Semifreddo

Vanilla Bean Semifreddo with Blueberry Compote and Hazelnut Crunch, from the James Beard Foundation Shown here with a so-last-season blueberry compote, this vanilla bean semifreddo from Craft's new pastry chef, Jennifer McCoy, will also play nicely with sauces made from concord grapes or plums. Be sure to have a candy thermometer on hand: the frozen dessert's sugar must be heated precisely to 240º F. (Pastry chefs call this the "soft-ball stage").

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As the Frozen Custard Churns



Where I grew up there were two seasons: frozen-custard season and no-frozen-custard season. Maine summers were all about our semi-weekly trips to Hodgman’s, which is open for business only from Mother’s Day to Labor Day. Sitting in the back of my parents’ Subaru, I knew we were halfway there when we passed the peeling wooden church.

Fast-forward to last summer, when I visited Hodgman’s for the first time in years, this time accompanied by friends and fellow New Yorkers. Not much had changed. The stand still bears a sagging awning that shelters dogged customers on rainy evenings. The menu is the same, too. It features parlor standards with sprinklings of Northern parlance (jimmies) and regional specialties (like the “tin roof.”)

My expectant friends plied me with questions: What’s the best flavor? How are the sugar cones? What the heck is a tin roof? (A sundae topped with chocolate syrup and peanuts.) Oh, and what is frozen custard, anyway?

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Eye Candy: Peanut Butter–Bacon Pie

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Gourmet's frozen peanut butter mousse and candied bacon pie, made by Cia Glover. Although our office birthdays usually call for Amy’s pink cake, in light of recent events, we searched recent issues of Gourmet for a more fitting treat in honor of VP Mitchell Davis’s birthday. The result was this deliciously (not too) sweet, salty, and crunchy frozen peanut butter and candied bacon pie. Recreate our simple homage to Gourmet at home.

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Test Your Eat-Q: Frozen Desserts

Ice cream Summer officially arrived on Sunday, and we welcome the hot weather as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, sorbet, gelato... We can feel the brain freeze setting in already. Before you're seduced by the chirpy tune of a passing ice cream truck, take a stab at this question: Which of these educational programs is based in St. Louis, Missouri?
A. The Frozen Dessert Institute B. The Ice Cream Academy C. The College of Custard D. The Institute for Ice Cream
Find out if you guessed correctly and learn some other trivia about frozen treats.

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