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Caramel-Pecan Ice Cream

Source: Sorbets and Ice Cream
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  4 Hours 15 Minutes
  Serves 8
Burnt sugar ice cream with toasted pecans is a wonderful complement to a peach, apple, or pear tart or an autumn fruit cobbler or upside-down cake. Or serve a scoop on gingerbread or dessert waffles.
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups half and half
6 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup pecans, walnuts, or brazil nuts, chopped
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In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/4 cup of the water. Cook over medium heat, shaking the pan, until the sugar melts and caramelizes to a light amber color. Be careful, as the syrup is very hot. (If the sugar should crystallize before melting, put a lid on the pan to wash down the sugar crystals on the sides, rather than stirring the mixture.) Carefully pour in the remaining 1/4 cup water--it will steam and bubble. Carefully add the half-and-half and cook, stirring, until the syrup remelts. Whisk some of the hot half-and-half mixture into the egg yolks.

Pour the mixture into a double boiler and cook over barely simmering water, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the spoon. Immediately place the pan in a pan of cold water and stir to cool. Stir in the cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and saute the nuts until golden brown; let cool.

Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. When partially frozen, mix in the nuts.

Serving Size = 1/2 cup

Photography by Frankie Frankeny

Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 390
Fat. Total: 32g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 24g
Sodium: 41mg
% Cal. from Fat: 74%
Cholesterol: 240mg
Protein: 5g
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Rating: 5
by: Diane Reviewed: 12/08/2009
Wonderful, creamy delight! Easy directions to follow. Simply delicious.
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