by Heather Phelps-Lipton
1. It’s mad scientist season at Ample Hills
Winter means more time to experiment at Ample Hills of Prospect Heights. Behold:
candy cane maple bacon
*pretzel-infused ice cream with crackers, pretzels, potato chips and mini M&M’s. Whu-hut???
2. That whole warm gingerbread situation!
Park Sloper Susan LaRosa has collected hoards of vintage recipes. She follows them and posts about it @ A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn.
Made from Mrs. William M. Jones’ century-old recipe, “Rochester Gingerbread” is dark, moist and spicy.
Topped here with a fat scoop of Steve’s small-batch bourbon vanilla ice cream, circa 2013.
3. There’s no line at your favorite truck
Location discovered, frenzy evaded, ice cream sandwich procured:
lickity, lickity, lickity split.
But it only works that way in the winter.@CoolhausNY
4. Your scoops don’t melt when you’re walking down the street
Churned and stacked at Blue Marble in Cobble Hill.
From top to bottom:
cookies ‘n cream
6. Where else you gonna get your Vitamin D?
From housemade frozen yogurt, of course!
These tarted-up plain soft serve classics are from Culture, in Park Slope:
with peppermint bark, gingerbread cookie and chocolate sauce
Key Lime Pie
with graham crumbs and lime syrup
Or this custard curveball:
with maple pecan “wet nuts” and blueberries
7. Brooklyn Farmacy. Because it’s Brooklyn Farmacy.
Line goblet with homemade peanut butter.
Transfer coffee ice cream.
Apply hot fudge, whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
8. You’re already semifreddo.
Chef Elizabeth Falkner of Krescendo in Boerum Hill composes her tartufo with housemade hazelnut semifreddo, chocolate and caramel sauces, cocoa nib cake crumble (sbrisolona!), candied hazelnuts and beet micro greens.
It’s a half-frozen garden for your mouth.
9. Laura Ingalls ate maple syrup on snow
Yes she did! The little optimist called it snow candy.
Eton of Eton Too in Carroll Gardens makes a Hawaiian shaved ice version with maple syrup, condensed milk and apple.
Wonder if Pa ever made it to Hawaii.
10. You need fat on your bones to stay warm
The good people at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens can help.
They make a pecan pie filling from scratch and stack it with vanilla ice cream from the Van Leeuwens of Greenpoint.
Then they give you a long spoon so you can scratch out every gooey crumb.
Photography by Heather Phelps-Lipton. All rights reserved.