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Praline Crunch Ice Cream

If you're a caramel lover, you'll want to try Julia Register's recipe for homemade ice cream topped with pralines and a rich caramel sauce. The Huntersville, North Carolina cook reports that she has used this recipe for ice cream socials at her church. "The homemade caramel sauce goes over well."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 quarts ice cream (1-1/2 cups sauce)


  • 1-3/4 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a heavy saucepan, heat milk to 175°; stir in sugar until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat immediately.
  • Quickly transfer to a large bowl; place bowl in a pan of ice water. Stir gently and occasionally for 2 minutes. Stir in cream and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate any remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Repeat with any remaining ice cream mixture.
  • For candied pecans, in a heavy skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until coated. Spread pecans onto a greased foil-lined baking sheet. Cool completely.
  • For sauce, combine butter, water and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Add sugar; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat without stirring. Boil 4 minutes. Stir 6-8 minutes or until mixture is caramel-colored. Remove from heat. Carefully stir in cream until smooth. Serve caramel sauce and candied pecans over ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 1222 calories, 87g fat (50g saturated fat), 330mg cholesterol, 437mg sodium, 109g carbohydrate (104g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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