Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Maple Salted Macadamia Ice Cream and Ice Cream Memories



Anyone that has looked at the calendar today, knows it is July 1st. Besides being very close to my official halfway point of summer, it is also the beginning of national ice cream month. Now that's a fact you need to know, right? I used to think ice cream season started around daylight savings time. That was when my parents used to take us to the Dairy Queen, which was a big deal. It was always after dinner because the sun stayed out  late. I remember the long lines, and seeing everyone you know doing the same thing. Would it be a cone, a sundae or a shake? For me it was a DQ sundae with hot fudge. And no, I'm not sure if I liked the ice cream more than the hot fudge.

Kankakee had two Dairy Queens, which made it quite a metropolis for ice cream. We also had a Howard Johnson's, but we only went there on very special occasions. It wasn't until Baskin Robbins opened up, that we realized there were other kinds of ice cream. Things like Jamocha Almond Fudge and Butter Pecan were my mom's favorite flavors. I usually liked the Double Fudge Brownie or something like that. My father never got anything. Party pooper.

I was often told by my grandfather that he could have been Mr. Baskin or Mr. Robbins. It seems that when he left Lithuania behind in 1938, he also left a thriving shoe repair business and an ice cream business. He used to claim that he had 32 flavors; not 31. I never thought to ask what they were. Shame on me. Oh, but he loved telling us those two things, and always with his blue eyes sparkling.


Now my kids were raised with ice cream surrounding them. We did the Dairy Queen thing, which my son called Fairy Queen. He really thought that was their name until he learned how to spell. We thought it was cute, so never corrected him. We had Baskin Robbins and Bonnie Brae, TCBY and  Coldstone. Then when the kids were in high school and could drive, there became a slew of frozen yogurt stores that opened, that they drove themselves to.

Which reminds me of when I first got my drivers license. That was  long before cell phones, but in our house we had a children's line. I can remember my mother, who totally loves ice cream, calling me in the basement or party room, on the children's line, and asking me in a very soft voice, if I would mind running to Baskin Robbins and getting her some Jamocha Almond Fudge. Then she would tell me not to yell upstairs when I got home; she would know when the ice cream had arrived by the sound of the backdoor opening and slamming.  I'm always one to keep a good secret, so I'm not sure that my father ever found out why she snuck downstairs in her nightie. Whoops. But I never let on about the giant Hershey bars found in the back of the freezer or sometimes in her lingerie drawer. Double Whoops.

My favorite flavor is always something to do with chocolate, but I love Chunky Monkey. Manservant loves most all fruit flavors but he also loves Phish Food. And Zoe, well Zoe loves it all. She leans toward fruit, but when she was young she loved bubblegum or mint chocolate chip, or any of those neon colored flavors that TCBY had. And Alex is simple. Give him chocolate. A good man, that Alex.

So what is your favorite flavor? Make sure to get it soon. Ice cream month is upon us!

A few notes: Maple syrup is expensive, as are macadamias. You can get maple syrup at Costco or Trader Joe's. Macadamias can also be found at Trader Joe's or your regular grocery. This is a decadent ice cream!


Maple Salted Macadamia Ice Cream
Time: About 30 minute for nuts and ice cream
Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts

Ingredients:
1 c salted macadamias, roughly chopped
1/3 c maple syrup - grade B - if possible

2 large eggs
1/4 c sugar
3/4 c maple syrup - grade B - if possible
2 c heavy cream
1 c half and half or milk

Nut Praline Directions:
First make the nut praline. Heat 1/3 c maple syrup over medium high heat. When syrup begins to boil, reduce heat to medium. Allow syrup to boil and thicken for 10 minutes, swirling pan to keep it from burning. Remove from heat and add nuts. Stir well with a metal spoon and then pour onto a pie tin and place in the freezer to harden and cool.

Ice Cream Directions:
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light, lemony and fluffy; about two minutes. Whisk in sugar and maple syrup, until completely blended. Pour in cream and milk and whisk some more. Make sure all is happy and well mixed.

Place ice cream mixture into the frozen bowl of an ice cream maker. Turn on machine and let spin until it starts to slow down. This took about 15 minutes for me. At this point, break up your frozen nuts and add them to the ice cream maker. When all are swirled in, stop machine. Scrape or spoon ice cream into a 2 quart container and place in freezer for about 4 hours. 




Things to eat with ice cream:
Strawberry Crepes
Belgian Liege Waffles
Not My Mama's Cherry Pie
Strawberry Spiral Biscuit Pie
Chocolate Crumbs
White Chocolate Milk Crumbs
Oatmeal Crunch
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake
Chocolate Lava Cake






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44 comments:

  1. Hi Abbe, love recipes with stories, this looks really delicious. I think cherry garcia is my favorite, but I love all ice cream. Such a nice post!

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    1. It is delicious, Cheri. Thanks so much for reading!

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  2. As a fellow Illinoisan (if Kankakee is where I think it is) Dairy Queen being open was a big deal! In childhood it was the butterscotch sundae for me. In my teens before work we'd get a chocolate chip shake. The in college I went to school in southern Illinois and they had a dairy queen that was open all year long! Ah ice cream I do love you! Thanks for sharing this it looks yummy!!!

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    1. Oh yes! You remind me that that is what my mother loved. I don't remember cc shakes, though! Oh to have a DQ opened all year long would have been huge, but no one would have wanted to wait outside in the freezing cold! Thanks so much for reading and writing. it makes my day!

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  3. Mmm, ice cream! Can't get enough -- we've been making it weekly. Salt works so well in ice cream -- this sounds wonderful. But we have yet to try macadamia nuts in our ice cream. We will, though. ;-) Thanks for this.

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    1. I would be in terrible trouble if I made ice cream weekly! But i can't wait to try your recipe. It sounds so simple, delicious and good! It is true that macadamias are truly decadent in any dish!

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  4. Ice Cream Month?? Why did I not know this?? Maybe that is why I have been noticing so many posts on ice cream and even I have been working up one. Ha--Ha!
    You made this creation look and sound delicious. Jamoca Almond Fudge is also one of my very favorite as is Peanut Butter Cup. I'm not much for chocolate though. Great post, love the story! :)

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  5. Hi Abbe,

    Although it is cold and chilly today, I'm salivating looking at your nice, creamy and nutty ice cream. Love to make this combination of ice cream when summer arrives at our place.

    Zoe

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  6. I need to get my ice cream maker cranking this month! I love homemade ice cream and this one looks so good. You are right that it is decadent, but I bet it is amazingly tasty!

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    1. Thanks Amy! It is good and rich and creamy!

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  7. Definitely a must have during the flipflop season. I love the maple syrup macadamia..the ice cream is all pure awesomeness.

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    1. I love the flipflop season! And you are right!

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  8. I used to love Pralines and Cream. Thanks for reminding me. Now this recipe looks so delicious I think I need to go out and get an Ice Cream Maker.

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    1. Gosh-this is similar to pralines and cream! Thanks, Karen!

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  9. These look and sound absolutely amazing!
    Manuella

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Manuella and thanks!

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  10. This would be one of my all-time favorite ice cream flavors. It's expensive, I know, but definitely worth it. It's the ice cream you make just for home so you don't have to share it. :)

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    1. It does seem as if someone might be sneeking into it at night with a spoon. And it isn't me! thanks, Maureen!

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  11. Ice cream definitely makes for the best memories! And I LOVE the delicious looking ice cream :D
    Macadamias and caramel are perfect together!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. ice cream makes happy memories! Thanks Uru!

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  12. I don't have sweet tooth, but I can never resist ice-creams for sure. Caramels are way too sweet for me. I'm so glad there's this thing called salted caramel these days & I love it, Abbe!

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    1. Love salted caramel, Shirley! the salt on the nuts provides the salt in this ice cream. And it is perfect! Thanks!

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  13. I love ice cream memories too - this sounds and looks delicious. The sweet maple syrup with the nuts - oh yum! Have a wonderful 4th of July

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    1. Thanks Tricia! Hope you had a good 4th, too! I'd top one of your pies with this ice cream!

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  14. Beautiful recipe Abbe - one I plan to try! And ice cream month is a happy time at our house :)

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    1. Thanks, Donalyn and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Sounds like you've had a lot of happy things happening lately!

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  15. This is one decadent ice cream and I would not want to share it with anyone. I would have to find it in a special spot in the freezer, maybe under the frozen broccoli as usually no one ever looks there. Just pinned! Take Care, BAM

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    1. Thanks BAM! Under the frozen broccoli would be a great place!

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  16. Well, preparing delicious ice cream seems to be a family heritage, love the story about your grandfather, Abbe.
    This ice cream sounds divine, Macadamias add such a wonderful, crunchy touch.

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    1. My Papa was pretty special, Daniela! Great ice cream and I love macadamias anyway I can get them!

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  17. We are pretty much a vanilla (me and Katie) and chocolate (Bill, Tom and Nick) family. I love coffee ice cream, too.. But I wouldn't say no to a bowl of your maple macadamia nut version...and I think it would be terrific topped with hot fudge!

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    1. Anything with hot fudge is my motto! Coffee though would be a stand out!

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  18. such a delicious and perfectly flavorful ice cream....we can never ever say no to maple and salted macadamia anything....in a homemade , dreamy good ice cream....it would taste so perfect,thanks :-)

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    1. Thanks Kumars! Great minds think alike!

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  19. My daughter Hannah was the ice cream girl in our house. She would always leave just a tablespoon in the container if that was the last one. When I asked her why she didn't just scoop out the last bite into her bowl, she said "because that would mean that we wouldn't have any ice cream in the house, and I can't live in a house without ice cream!" Love that girl! She moved out 2 years ago, and I haven't had ice cream in the house since!

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    1. Love this story, Beth! Probably a good thing to not have it in the house! Manservant is the real ice cream eater in this house. And he always leaves a spoonful behind. I get tired of having all these mostly empty ice cream containers in the fridge so I combine them and he eats "medley".

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  20. I have memories surrounding ice cream too. I loved hearing yours. Geez I wish you had asked your Grandpa also what flavors he had back in the old country at that time. I wonder if there would be anyway you could google that answer somehow? Yes, this is an pricey ice cream, but for those of us who don't eat ice cream everyday, then it's easily worth it.

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    1. Don't even have a photo of the store. Don't even know where it was. Sad, huh? I agree, Carol!

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  21. I am doing so many homemade ice creams this summer.
    There are so many add in's.
    Have you tried the no churn? It's so good when you're uber-lazy in the summer heat. I love this salty combination!

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    1. I just used your recipe and made chocolate. I gotta tell you. Totally the way to go! Much better than soft serve!

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  22. I am quite adventurous when it comes to trying out flavours in ice cream. Caramel and macadamias are a match made in Heaven and the ice-cream looks divine. Your stories are equally sweet.

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    1. Adventurous is good. I usually stick to the boring kinds! Thanks, Sonali!

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  23. Yummy ice cream! I can have this right now please!!

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    1. Sorry, Anna and Liz. It disappeared last night! Actually, I'm amazed it lasted that long!

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