Honey Butter Pecan Shortbread Ice Cream (Video)

Sweet and salty honey-butter, swirled into homemade pecan ice cream, with chunks of shortbread cookies?  Yes, please!!  Easy to make, even easier to eat and enjoy! 

One thing that our entire family can agree on is our love for ice cream.  This is my take on several different ice cream recipes, after I tried, and sometimes failed, I think I’ve finally come up with something that is fun and tasty.  I loved the honey butter shortbread ice cream from Pampered Chef, but I really love pecans, plus we love our ice cream to have a custard base to it, and that is how this recipe came about. 

Adding alcohol to ice cream: I have learned that adding 1-3 tablespoons of alcohol (rum or vodka) to your ice cream base creates a creamier texture, since alcohol has a lower freezing point.  This means less ice crystals and a smoother taste, or “mouthfeel” (as my beer drinking friends might say!).

I used my Pampered Chef Ice Cream Maker for this recipe, along with my handy dandy Classic Batter Bowl. If you are not aware, this bowl is oven-safe, and yes, you can bake a cake in it!  Here’s the info on both of these featured products:

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Enough said, let’s jump right in!!

Ingredients

Ice Cream Custard Base

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dark Rum or Vodka (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Toasted Pecans

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Pinch of salt

Honey-Butter Swirl

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Mix-Ins

  • ½ cup shortbread cookies, crumbled

Instructions

Separate 6 egg yolks, whisk well and set aside.  In a separate bowl, add the heavy cream and place in an ice bath. Place a strainer over the heavy cream.

Add butter to skillet over medium heat, melting the butter until it begins to brown slightly.  Add in brown sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Add in milk, stirring to incorporate all ingredients.  Heat mixture until sugar is completely dissolved, but not boiling.  Remove from heat. 

TEMPER EGGS – Use a ladle to slowly add some of the heated milk mixture to the egg yolks, whisking the eggs constantly so they do not curdle. Once you have added about half of the heated milk to the eggs, pour that mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of your spoon or scraper, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat. 

Pour the heated milk into the strainer over the heavy cream to combine. Add rum and vanilla, stir to combine.  Cover and chill until custard base reaches 45⁰ F/7⁰ C.

PECANS

Preheat oven to 350⁰ F/177⁰ C. Melt butter, add to pecans along with salt, stir to combine.  Place coated pecans on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until nicely toasted.  Remove from oven and, once cooled, chop into large pieces. 

MAKE ICE CREAM

Remove the bowl of the Ice Cream Maker from the freezer and attach the assembled clear lid to the bowl.  Set the timer for 30 minutes. Once the paddle starts rotating, pour the mixture into the bowl. During the last minute of churning, pour the toasted pecans and the crumbled cookies through the shoot.

Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the honey-butter swirl in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

When the Ice Cream Maker stops turning, check for doneness. The mixture should be a soft-serve consistency. If needed, add more time until the desired consistency is reached.

Remove the paddle from the bowl and pour the honey butter swirl into the ice cream and gently stir to swirl.  Cover and let ice cream harden, if desired.

That’s it!  This is my first time trying to make an ice cream recipe, so I would love to hear from you if you try it.  Perhaps you can let me know what you think, if it needs more or less of any particular ingredient, and what you would do differently, if anything.  I would love to hear from you.  Let’s make great food together!

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Honey Butter Pecan Shortbread Ice Cream

Sweet and salty honey-butter, swirled into homemade pecan ice cream, with chunks of shortbread cookies? Yes, please!!  Easy to make, even easier to eat and enjoy! 
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 655 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 1 tbsp dark rum or vodka optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Toasted Pecans

  • 1 c pecans
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • pinch of salt

Honey-Butter Swirl

  • ¼ c honey
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • ¼ tsp salt

Mix-ins

  • ½ c shortbread cookies, crumbled

Instructions
 

  • Separate 6 egg yolks, whisk well and set aside.  In a separate bowl, add the heavy cream and place in an ice bath. Place a strainer over the heavy cream.
  • Add butter to skillet over medium heat, melting the butter until it begins to brown slightly.  Add in brown sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Add in milk, stirring to incorporate all ingredients.  Heat mixture until sugar is completely dissolved, but not boiling. Remove from heat. 
  • Use a ladle to slowly add some of the heated milk mixture to the egg yolks, whisking the eggs constantly so they do not curdle. Once you have added about half of the heated milk to the eggs, pour that mixture back into the pan with the rest of the milk over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of your spoon or scraper, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  • Pour the heated milk into the strainer over the heavy cream to combine. Add rum and vanilla, stir to combine.  Cover and chill until custard base reaches 45⁰ F/7⁰ C.

Toasted Pecans

  • Preheat oven to 350⁰ F/177⁰ C. Melt butter, add to pecans along with salt, stir to combine.  Place coated pecans on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until nicely toasted.  Remove from oven and, once cooled, chop into large pieces. 

MAKE ICE CREAM

  • Remove the bowl of the Ice Cream Maker from the freezer and attach the assembled clear lid to the bowl. Set the timer for 30 minutes. Once the paddle starts rotating, pour the mixture into the bowl. During the last minute of churning, pour the toasted pecans and the crumbled cookies through the shoot.
  • Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the honey-butter swirl in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • When the Ice Cream Maker stops turning, check for doneness.The mixture should be a soft-serve consistency. If needed, add more time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Remove the paddle from the bowl and pour the honey butter swirl into the ice cream and gently stir to swirl.  Cover and let ice cream harden, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 655kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 8gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 27gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 258mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 271mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 1628IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 1mg
Keyword butterpecan, honey, ice cream, pecan
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