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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Salted Pecans

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with Salted Pecans

Marian Blazes
You can make this wonderful dulce de leche ice cream with or without an ice cream maker - it's so easy. The only extra step is to roast the pecans, but the flavor of the buttery salted pecans with the caramel dulce de leche is worth the effort. Use purchased dulce de leche, or make your own.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 2 pints

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whipping cream (or 2 cups whipping cream & 1 cup milk, if using an ice cream machine)
  • 1 1/2 cups dulce de leche
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preparation:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
     
  2. Place the pecans in a shallow pan with the butter and salt. Roast the pecans for about 25 minutes, stirring every 5 -10 minutes, until nuts are dark brown (watch carefully to avoid burning them).
     
  3. Cool the pecans on a plate lined with a paper towel, then coarsely chop them, and set aside.
     
  4. If you are using an ice cream maker, stir 1 cup of milk and 2 cups of cream together in a medium bowl.
     
  5. Soften the dulce de leche in the microwave and whisk it into the milk/cream mixture until well blended. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours.
     
  6. When mixture is well chilled, stir in the vanilla and a pinch of salt, and freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer's directions.
     
  7. When ice cream is frozen but still soft, fold in the chopped pecans.  Place ice cream in the freezer until it reaches desired consistency.
     
  8. To make this recipe without an ice cream maker, place the dulce de leche in a medium bowl, and whisk in the vanilla and a pinch of salt.
     
  9. In a separate large bowl, or in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat  3 cups of whipping cream until soft peaks form.
     
  10. Whisk one cup of the whipped cream into the dulce de leche to lighten it.
     
  11. Carefully fold the rest of the whipped cream into the dulce de leche mixture, trying not to deflate the whipped cream. Place the mixture in a container and freeze for 1-2 hours, or until just firm.
     
  12. Once the ice cream is fairly firm, fold in the chopped pecans.
     
  13. Return ice cream to the freezer and chill until ice cream reaches desired texture.

 

Makes about 6-8 servings.

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 5 out of 5
Amazing Ice Cream!, Member ANuckles

This recipe was simple to make and so, so delicious! Instead of making baked the pecans I bought baking pecans pieces and used only 1/2 cup. It was wonderful! My man wasn't a big fan of the pecans (he would have been happy with the jar of dulce), but I thought it added a nice texture and sort of bitterness (in a good way) to the extremely rich flavor of the dulce.

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