Maple Walnut Ice Cream

As you may already know, I have an ice cream maker and I use it constantly. Ice cream has always been one of my favourite foods, but now that I make my own I think my diet may be 27% ice cream. Which is really quite a lot of ice cream. But not too much, because there really is no such thing as too much ice cream.

Given my love of making ice cream, it’s really no surprise that many people on my Christmas list will be receiving a frozen confection from me. I’ve made several kinds of ice cream, and even some dairy-free sorbet, for those who swing that way. But my current favourite has got to be maple walnut.

Making maple walnut ice cream
I buy my walnuts pre-chopped, because I’m lazy like that

I got my maple walnut love from my mother and grandfather. I remember them ordering it whenever we went out for ice cream. And it didn’t seem that hard, in theory, so I read a few recipes and then improvised one of my own. I used real maple syrup from Quebec, of course. I suppose you could try artificial, but it doesn’t really seem in keeping with the whole ‘homemade ice cream’ vibe, and it may actually be a violation of Canadian law. We take maple syrup and hockey very seriously. 😉

4 pints of maple walnut
4 pints of maple walnut, in jars and ready to go

Anyways, if you’d like to try some maple walnut of your own, here’s my recipe:

Amber’s Maple Walnut Ice Cream

* This recipe has always been gluten-free!

2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups cream
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cups finely chopped walnuts

Finished ice cream

Whisk the milk, cream, syrup and vanilla together until well combined.

Prepare the ice cream following the directions on your ice cream maker. In mine, which is a countertop electrical machine with a freezer bowl, it took about 25 minutes. 5 minutes before the ice cream is finished, add the walnut pieces. Once it’s reached the desired consistency, serve it up and freeze the rest.

Yield: Approximately 2 quarts of ice cream.

I was inspired to write up this recipe by the Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap over at Farmer’s Daughter. Drop by for even more yummy ideas!

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  1. I wonder if your ice cream will keep frozen all the way to Alberta? I have been asking for an ice cream maker for too many years. Sadly, my backside would really explode if I actually owned one though.
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  2. If I like walnut I’d say yummy!! But it’s still ice cream so…YUMMY!! 🙂
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  3. looks SO GOOD. Now I need an ice cream maker.

  4. What a great gift idea! You make me want to get an ice cream machine 😉
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  5. Just looking at your “making stuff” section.

    I want one of those toy diaper bags for a friend…. but I know in my heart that I could never actually make one that was decent. So do you ever have time to make them to sell?
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    • No, I’m sorry, I don’t. I’ve already totally flaked out on a simple sewing project I agreed to do for a friend months ago. I need to be honest and admit it’s just not happening.

  6. Oh goodness, what a great homemade gift! My diet already is about 25% ice cream so I’m a little scared of being able to make my own.
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  7. Looks great! We love maple syrup on vanilla ice cream, and offer that as the “Sugar on Snow” sundae at our farm’s creamery 🙂 Thanks for joining in the recipe swap!
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  8. It’s minus whatever outside, and you’ve made me feel like ice cream. Tres tres yummy.
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  9. Gorgeous! (And yummy, I’m sure.) I get too cold to have ice cream in the winter, so I applaud those you can enjoy.
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  10. I like Maple Walnut ice cream without the walnut. Kind of like how I like Rum Raisin without the raisin. Still ice cream. Ice cream is good.
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  11. Um, yum!! Thanks for making me want ice cream. 😉 I never thought about ice cream as a gift. Maybe I should whip out my ice cream maker tomorrow.

  12. ok, I need to grow my own maple tree now:)
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  13. YUM! I got an ice cream maker for Christmas… and my first batch was Eggnog Chocolate Chip. Delish! Your Maple Walnut sounds really good too. I may need to try it next!
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  14. Stumbled across your recipe when looking for a delicious ice cream to make. Just tried it and I must say, yum! Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely make this again in the future.

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