pecan nutsAlmonds are a must to help make a good nougat ice cream but walnuts, pecans, pistachios and lots more also have their part to play. Also ideal for topping off your sundae. Read more about nuts in ice cream.

Homemade Nougat Ice Cream

1/2 pint (250ml) double (heavy) cream
1/2 pint (250ml) milk
4 egg yolks, 4oz (100g) sugar or caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Mixture of chopped nuts made up from:
1/4 cup pistachio nuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup walnuts

Method: First of all you need to make a custard base using the milk, egg yolks and sugar. Here's how.

Whilst the custard base is cooling, whip the cream until stiff and separately beat the egg whites until stiff. Stir the stiffened cream and egg whites into your cooled custard. Then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts and the chopped nuts. Transfer the complete mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

With its almond bias, nougat ice cream is ideal for serving at Christmas - a time synonomous with eating nuts. As a child we always had a dish of mixed nuts on the table over the festive period, just waiting for the nutcrackers to come out! If you lilke other types of nut then here are some of my other recipes you might like to try:
pecan and maple syrup
~ coffee rum and walnut ~ pistachio