1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (optional)
Cooking spray (optional)
How to Make It
To prepare ice cream, combine 4 cups milk and 1 cup half-and-half in a large, heavy saucepan; bring to a boil.
Combine granulated sugar and 4 egg yolks; beat with a mixer at high speed until thick and pale. Gradually add half of hot milk mixture to yolk mixture, stirring constantly. Return milk mixture to pan. Cook over medium-low heat 2 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl. Cool completely, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
To prepare filling, combine corn syrup, brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium, heavy saucepan, stirring well with a whisk.
Combine 1 cup half-and-half, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 egg yolks, stirring well. Add milk mixture to sugar mixture; stir well with a whisk. Place pan over low heat; cook 12 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pecans, butter, and vanilla. Transfer filling to a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly over filling; chill.
Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container; gently fold filling into ice cream. Cover and freeze 1 hour or until ice cream is firm.
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare garnish, place dough on a large cutting board or work surface. Cut 14 stars with a (1-inch) star-shaped cookie cutter. Place stars on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until browned. Serve with ice cream, if desired.
I made this ice cream for dessert for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. Here is the blog link - http://whistlestopcooking.blogspot.com/2010/09/cooking-light-fall-favorites.html - The bowl says ice cream, the mouth shouts pecan pie! It was a little more time consuming than regular ice cream. The recipe is not very clear in how to 'layer' the pecan filling. To have the perfect layers of pecan filling and ice cream, you will first make the filling and chill in the fridge. Then make the ice cream custard style and freeze that in an ice cream freezer. When putting the finished ice cream into a freezer container, layer the ice cream and filling; When scooping, you will get the perfect balance of both! Y'all enjoy ~ Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe
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