Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweet Wholesome Wednesday: Maple Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream

For years I've had a love and hate thing going for the fall season. I loved the fall because of the cool crisp air, beautiful colors, apples, pumpkins & all the yummy fall recipes that can only be enjoyed during this time of year. But I hated the fall because of the winter that often comes knocking on my door before I am ready to say goodbye to summer and fall, but it has been very different this time around with living in Costa Rica. We are actually finishing up our winter (rainy season) and the summer (dry season) will start up around December. I am enjoying it, but still have moments where I would daydream about the fall and winter in Iowa... Brrr! Okay, I'm cold now :o)

Anyway, I have been seeing all over the food blogs so many delicious recipes with ingredients that celebrate the fall season... apples, pumpkins, creamy soups, pies, cinnamon, maple, nutmeg, apple cider, spiced cakes, roasts & more! It makes me feel all warm and spicy whenever I see these recipes.

So, today I have a great fall ice cream to share with you! The wonderful combination of pecans, maple syrup & cinnamon really hits the sweet spot. We have actually decided that this ice cream has become the favorite now, but due to limited supply of maple syrup... we can only enjoy this once every few months when someone (usually my in-laws) comes down to visit and brings a bottle of maple syrup with them. Yes, we did find a tiny bottle of maple syrup for about $18.00 at a gringo grocery store, but no way we are spending that much for it!! Import taxes, blah! We've learned to live without a lot of "American" things that are available here because it of the cost. Better to wait till we can find someone to bring us a suitcase of groceries... LOL!! :o)

Back to the ice cream, it is simply delicious and so comforting. Did you know that cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron & calcium? I didn't! I also learned that cinnamon can help lower LDL cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, stop yeast infections, fight E. coli bacteria, reduce arthritis pain & much more! No wonder it makes me feel so good when I sprinkle some on my toast with raw honey. I actually would love to write a post on cinnamon sometime soon because it is one of my favorite spices that I use almost every morning. I find the taste delicious and the smell... oh my! Adding that with maple syrup and pecans with a pinch of sea salt really made it perfect.

Maple Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream
  • 3 cups whole milk or cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup soaked & dehydrated pecans, chopped
  • pinch of sea salt

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into your ice cream maker and proceed according to instructions.

If you do not have an ice cream maker... simply pour into a plastic sealed container and put in your freezer. When completely frozen, simply chopped it up and put in your blender. Blend till creamy.

NOTE: if you don't have soaked & dehydrated pecans... use the regular kinds, but you will be missing out on some seriously good flavor!

Now, does anybody have any sweet recipes to share with us today?? If yes, please post it in the comments area!

Next week we will be having a special guest for SWW! Please come next week and see what this gal will be sharing and enjoy some eye candy! Now, go have a great day... seriously!

Maple Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream on Foodista

P.S. - I decided to share this with the Real Food Wednesday gang.


  1. You just put my "cringe" ingredient = cinnamon, but nonetheless it looks great, beautiful picture. I will pretend in my head it's another spice :o) - If you remove all the cinnamon sticks from the picture, I won't be able to tell there is cinnamon :o)

  2. a nice ice cream is fine in all seasons

  3. What a lovely ice cream. I'm making one right now. I'm trying a pineapple sorbet, see if the ice ream machine is working. If I don't have maple syrup. I will have to use agave nectar or honey, then I would have to change the name of the ice cream. :)Your ice cream is so simple and I made it so difficult making a creme anglaise for my chocolate ice cream before and the worst part is the mixture didn't churn. :) I definitely love the flavors of fall.

  4. homemade ice cream is one of my favorite foods--this looks like a wonderful recipe to try out!

  5. Marillyn, you always make delicious ice-cream. Love the flavour. Can I have a bucket? yumm...mmm...

  6. You are killing me with these awesome ice cream creations! I am excited to try them! This one especially.

  7. I had no idea Costa Rica's winter was a rainy one. It's funny to hear about summer in December.

    I love cinnamon ice cream, the idea of having maple and pecans in it sounds even better! It's nice to know that you do not need an ice cream maker to make this ice cream. Thanks for the great tip!

  8. Oh yum! I love that this just uses maple syrup to sweeten.

  9. This recipe is perfectly paired with fall in Costa Rica. You could even add a bit of heat (with cayenne) to the pecans...sounds strange, but it really does work!

  10. Wow, yum! And you make it look so pretty! I love this ice cream, will definitely bookmark.

  11. I have kept this for summer. Not long now! The weather is turning warmer. This looks like a beautiful combination.

  12. This sounds fantastic! A perfect way to combine "autumn" and "the tropics" :)

    A couple years ago in Alaska I had a ginger ice cream made with ground ginger. It was so different than the usual ginger ice cream made with candied ginger. Better, I think. Maybe you should try that next.. ginger walnut, maybe?

  13. I didn't know all that about cinnamon, but I do know that your ice cream sounds and looks terrific.

  14. I love the combination of these flavors. And everything is better with cinnamon...flavor and nutrition!

  15. This is a terrific ice-cream creation! I love the maple & cinnamon flavors here!

  16. Wow! Thanks everybody for your comments! Glad you all like it! I do hope you all will take the time to try this... it is THE BOMB!

    Citronetvanilla - bummer! you don't like cinnamon? Ok, how much nutmeg or something like that??

    Genny G - Yes, ice cream all year round is good :o)

    Divina - pineapple sorbet... oh yummy! Yeah, that's what I love about making our ice cream.. we can keep it simple!

    Squeaky Gormet - Homemade ice cream is my favorite treat too, Thank you! Let me know if you get a chance to try this out!

    My Little Space - Thanks! hehehhe

    Jenn - Ha! You are too funny :o) Yup, you must make this and you will feel much better. LOL!

    Jessie - yes, it took us a while to get use to the different seasons here. Right now it is so cool and rainy... great time to have lots of soups :o) Yes, the maple and pecans are the perfect touch with cinnamon!!! It is so easy to make it with a blender. Sometimes we do that too :o)

    Alisa - yes! that's the best part about the ice cream. .. the maple syrup :o) Well, the whole thing is the best.. LOL!

    Table Talk - Not a bad idea! Thanks!!

    Tasty - Thanks! I love trying different things with photography :o) Its fun! PLEASE let me know what you and your family think when you make this!

    penny - Thanks! Ice cream is best during the warm days, but it is great through the whole year!! LOL!

    Alyss - Thank you! I actually already have a Ginger Pecan Ice Cream on my blog. Check it out in my recipe index. It is SO GOOD!

    Ciao - Thank you! It is great to know what our food does for our bodies! I love learning about stuff like that!

    traditional gourmand - Thank you! Yes, we feel very nourished after we have our ice cream feast :o) hehehe

    5 Star Foodie - Thank you! Hope you will enjoy it yourself!!

  17. Found your blog through Nutrition as Nature Intended's food blogger award list. So glad that I did! Such a delicious looking blog with great recipes! Looking forward to stopping by more often :)

  18. Like you, I have so much fun putting flavors into ice cream. I don't think you can make a bad batch. Yea, some are better than others but it's always so good.

    My husband is a vanilla bean kind of guy - I make him a fresh batch every week. We eat ice cream all year long, too. Anytime is a good time for ice cream.


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