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Pecan Pie Ice Cream

Stove-top custard reminiscent of pecan pie filling is swirled in after churning to create an ice cream that tastes like pecan pie à la mode. Because this is a large-yield recipe, you'll need to use an old-fashioned ice-cream churn. Or cut the recipe in half to use a countertop freezer. If you can't find brown sugar corn syrup, use dark corn syrup.

Cooking Light JULY 2006

  • Yield: 14 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • Ice Cream:
  • 4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish:
  • 1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (optional)
  • Cooking spray (optional)

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 285
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 46.9g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 110mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 122mg
  • Calcium: 66mg
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