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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Walnut-N-Chip Ice Cream

Walnuts. What do you do with a costco size bag of walnuts? Well, if you're me, you make ice cream of course.

I have been craving a traditional Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, but I wanted to incorporate the walnuts into it as well. There is something so delicious and simple about the combination of sweet cream and bits of dark chocolate. The sweet cream with a hint of vanilla envelopes your mouth and embraces it with a warm flavor, then the pieces of dark chocolate begin to melt and blend in with the cream to create an irresistable combination. Now add in the crunchy and toasty flavor of little walnut pieces and it brings the Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to new heights...along the lines of one of my all-time favorite ice creams Mint-N-Chip...I've named this version Walnut-N-Chip.

This ice cream reminds me of eating chococlate chip walnut cookies. I'm sure this ice cream would go great with at nice hazelnut latte or steamy hot chocolate.

The recipe for this Walnut-N-Chip Ice Cream:

3 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup of sugar

2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Pinch of Salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup of your favorite dark chocolate

In a sauce pan on medium high heat add your milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar and salt. Stir this until it comes to a low boil. Next temper the eggs with the warm cream. Once you have 3/4 of the warm cream tempered, pour it back into the saucepan and bring the ice cream base to a low boil or 170 degrees. Pour the ice cream base in a bowl and place into an ice bath. Add your pure vanilla extract and let the ice cream base cool and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Follow your ice cream maker instructions to make the ice cream. Toast the chopped walnuts so that the oil in the nuts are revived. Let cool. In the mean time, chop the dark chocolate into little pieces so that the are easy to eat. You can leave them chunky if you like to chew on your dark chocolate...I like mine to melt in my mouth. Once the ice cream begins to solidify, add the toasted, chopped walnuts and dark chocolate chips. When the ice cream is finished, place the ice cream in the freezer for 4 hours so that it can age. Then enjoy your delicious creation.

Let me know if you have any questions. I'll reply to any comments that you leave.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I'll see you next week for my Easter Ice Cream post!!



Japanese Ice Cream said...

Looks great. I am not keen on walnuts but this would be great with macadamia nuts.

honey or caramel ice cream with macadamias is really good.

Gala said...

Sounds delicious! I love all of the unique flavors you've posted.

Valen said...

I love walnuts and chocolate together! This looks great! I might make it this week!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments and suggestions! I'm definitely going to use them for my future ice cream ideas and eventual blog post.

Keep the comments coming!

Have a great day!

citronetvanille said...

Why don't you sell your ice creams? I'll buy them! they are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Citronetvanille! Some day I hope to have a Ice Cream Shop for all to have a taste of my creation!

Thanks for your wonderful comment. Keep them coming..good or bad..I'll read them all.

Thank you everyone.

Unknown said...

That look absolutely delicious! I must get myself an ice cream machine, fast! :D

Anonymous said...

Alexandra an ice cream machine is a must have!! Ditch the toaster oven to make space if you have too! :)

Cathy Sackrison said...

Sounds deeeelicious!!

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

Homemade ice-cream is always a winning dessert, specially with chocholate in it! Mmm. I wish I had an ice-cream maker.

Ravenous Couple said...

the styling of first photo looks great! we'll have to invite you and the kids over sometime--we'll make the food, just bring over the ice cream!

Kathy said...

Love this! Great flavor combination. Mmmm mmm mmm

Gastronomer said...

Wish you didn't live so darn far away. I'd swing over for ice cream whenever I was in the mood!

Coco Cake Land said...

wow, bao. looks awesome! toaste walnuts and chocolate, yes.

Joy said...


Your ice creams make my tummy grumble :( it makes me want to run out and buy an ice cream machine -- perhaps I shall add that to my wedding registry!!!

Anonymous said...

@Joy..You have to put that on the registry. If you can find one that has a built in freezer unit that would be best. That way you can make ice cream anytime you are ready! I enjoyed reading your latest post about Shanghai.

Unknown said...


That looks very appetizing. I also have my own blog and I made a strawberry napoleon, check it out sometime.


Chef Jessica

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wow,, that's really great..

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wow. thanks for the info..
looks delicious.

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