orangeFruit is important for a healthy diet and plays a big part in ice cream.

marshmallowsChopped nuts such as walnuts and hazelnuts are great as ice cream toppings. Flaked almonds are also popular plus of course marshmallows, maple syrup and hot toffee sauce.

Recipe For Crunchy Pecan Nut and Maple Syrup Ice Cream

pecan nuts

4 oz (100g) pecan nuts chopped
2 oz (50g) butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 (375ml) pint milk
3/4 pint (375ml) double/heavy cream

Method: Using a frying pan, slowly melt the butter then add the chopped pecan nuts. Sprinkle on the sugar, stir and cook on a medium heat for approx 3-4 minutes until the nuts are crisp.

NB. Cooking on too high a heat will burn the pecan nuts and render a bitter taste

Remove from the pan and place to one side to cool. In a separate mixing bowl, pour in the milk, stir in the cream and then add the fried, chopped pecan nuts. Still stirring add the maple syrup until blended in.

Transfer the complete mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Serves 8-10.

There are lots more unusual recipes for homemade ice cream on this site. A good example is my 'gothic' ice cream made with licorice toffee and then there's marmalade ice cream which the kids might like to try for fun. Just be adventurous and try some - you might be surprised.