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Maple Pecan Praline Ice Cream

Maple Pecan Praline Ice Cream

Maple is already delicious on its own, but having the right pairing can really take things to another level. We prepared an ice cream custard, featuring maple, and topped it with crunchy and delicious pecan pralines. It all blends perfectly together, for a mouthwatering treat that is sure to delight your sweet tooth.

YIELDS

8 cups

PREP TIME

30 minutes and 7 hours chilling time

COOK TIME

40 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the Maple Ice Cream Custard:

  • ¾ cup (180 ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups (480 ml) whole or 2% milk
  • 2 cups (480 ml) heavy (35%) cream
  • ½ cup (100 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt

For the Pecan Pralines:

  • 1 cup (96 g) pecan halves
  • ⅔ cup (145 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (100 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • ⅓ cup (80 g) heavy (35%) cream
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) bourbon or rum (optional)
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Maple Ice Cream Custard:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, vanilla and egg yolks until pale; about 2 minutes.Set aside.  
  2. Combine the milk, cream, Redpath® Granulated Sugar and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Set over medium heat and cook until it just reaches a simmer. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisking continuously, gradually ladle the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture. 
  4. Return mixture back into the pot and set over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until custard thickens and a finger run across the backside of a spoon leaves a clear path; 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Strain custard into a bowl and set over another bowl filled with ice water. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  6. Place custard in refrigerator and chill for a minimum of 2 hours (custard may be refrigerated for up to 2 days before churning).  
  7. While the custard is chilling, prepare the pecan pralines.

For the Pecan Pralines:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Lay the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Have the bourbon (if using), vanilla and salt measured.
  3. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, Redpath® Granulated Sugar, cream and butter. Set over medium-low heat and stir until sugar and butter has dissolved; about 8 minutes. Stop stirring and increase heat to medium-high. Allow mixture to boil until it reaches 240°F (165°C) on an instant-read, or candy, thermometer.
     
  4. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the toasted pecans, bourbon (if using), vanilla and salt.
  5. Stir until mixture begins to thicken and turn opaque; about 5 minutes. Scrape onto a baking sheet and smooth into an even layer. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, roughly chop into 1 inch (2.5 centimetre pieces).

How to assemble the Maple Pecan Praline Ice Cream

  1. If using an ice cream maker, churn custard according to manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  2. To churn without an ice cream maker, pour custard into a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 centimetre) baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Stir well and return to freezer. Repeat stirring every 30 minutes until custard reaches soft serve consistency.
  3. Transfer ice cream to a large bowl and fold in the chopped pecan praline.

  4. Transfer to an airtight container with a lid and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving. Ice cream will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. 

CHEF'S TIP

 

  • If you are using an ice cream maker, be sure to plan ahead and chill the mixing bowl for the suggested amount of time.
  • When serving, have a small bowl of hot water ready to dip the ice cream scoop in for easy scooping.