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Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing

Makes

2 quarts

Making homemade ice cream has long been our family's favorite pastime, and this butter pecan recipe is our first choice in fall.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, heat the milk, cream, sugars and salt until bubbles form around sides of pan. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly.
  2. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Quickly transfer to a bowl; place in ice water and stir for 2 minutes. Stir vanilla. Press waxed paper onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. In a small skillet, saute pecans in butter, stirring constantly. Cool.
  4. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir in toasted pecans. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 207 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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