Topped with chopped, candied pecans, this Butter Pecan Ice Cream is a classic ice cream flavor!
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But back to the ice cream. If Mom had been to the store recently, then there were usually 2 flavors to pick from. Sometimes it was Mint Chocolate Chip (my sister’s favorite) or Pralines ‘n Cream. But my favorite was always Butter Pecan or Cookies ‘n Cream. If I opened the freezer and found a container of Butter Pecan Ice Cream…well, that was a good day!
I’d get my bowl of ice cream and sit down to watch Super Mario Brothers cartoons. If you guys remember the Super Mario cartoons, then you’re a champ. The show ran for all of about 4 months in 1989. I mean it’s hard to beat two grown men dressed as Italian plumbers reenacting video game characters. Mario was played by Lou Albano, a former professional wrestler from the 1950’s and 1960’s. What? You don’t remember this show? Then I’ve linked an episode below. And for the record, you don’t have to watch the whole thing. It’s pretty bad. But man, did I love that show as a kid!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get a big bowl of Butter Pecan Ice Cream and go relive my childhood years via YouTube. Cheers!
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
For the Ice Cream
For the Ice Cream
- Place the milk in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until milk just begins to simmer.
- While the milk is heating, whisk together the brown sugar and egg yolks in a medium bowl.
- Gradually pour the heated milk into the egg yolk mixture; whisking vigorously the entire time.
- Transfer this custard back into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens noticeably and coats a wooden spoon. (~4-6 minutes)
- Remove custard from heat and add the heavy cream and vanilla extract; stir until well combined.
- Pour/gently press the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the mixture, and refrigerate overnight.
- Pour the ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
- Meanwhile, make the buttered pecans. Using a small skillet, add the chopped pecans, butter, salt and sugar. Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until sugar has completely melted and coated pecans. Transfer pecans to a piece of aluminum foil; let cool. Once cool, break pecans into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
- Once ice cream is almost done, stir in Buttered Pecans.