I’m so excited to share a new recipe with you! I created this recipe with my kids using some of our delicious pecan candy. This summer has been terribly hot here in Texas and most of us in the south have been super sad about Blue Bell Ice Cream being unavailable at our local grocery stores. So in order to satisfy my cravings I have been making a whole lot of homemade ice cream. Since we’ve mastered our vanilla recipe, my kids and I decided that it was time to get a little more creative. That’s how our Praline Pecan Ice Cream recipe was discovered. You are going to love me for sharing this with you! It is amazing and has just the right amount of praline pieces in it. I brought it to a recent party that we attended with some friends and family and it was the first dessert to disappear from the dessert table. That’s how I always judge the success of my dishes :) Of course, that meant that there wasn’t any to take home to enjoy later, so…..we had to make another batch the next day!
The first step is to gather all your ingredients together. Add the first five ingredients and stir. I have a traditional ice cream maker to make my ice cream, but I know there are more modern ones out on the market now.
Here’s my favorite part…the Pecan Pralines. So good! You can buy these yummy treats at our retail store in San Saba, Texas or on our website at www.pecancompany.com. Be sure to cut them into small pieces before you add them to the bowl.
Once the pralines have been added then place the mixing wand in the bowl and secure the lid on top.
Put the bowl in the bucket and secure the motor on top. Pack the ice and rock salt in the space around the bowl. Be sure to layer the ice then a layer of rock salt and keep repeating this process until you reach the top of the bowl. That way you keep the ice from melting and your ice cream will actually freeze in a shorter amount of time. If this is done correctly then your ice cream will be ready to eat in 30-45 minutes. As you can see from the pictures below, my kids really enjoyed their ice cream. In fact, my oldest daughter attempted to steal some from her younger sister, but that younger one plays defense really well :)
I’m hoping you enjoy this treat as much as we have. The recipe is provided below for your convenience. Make sure you visit us online at www.pecancompany.com for more great recipes!
Praline Pecan Ice Cream
4 cups heavy whipping cream
4 cups half and half
2 cups sugar
2 Tbl. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
12 Millican Pecan Chewy Pralines, chopped
1 bag ice
1 box rock salt
Each pecan season we are blessed with a wonderful crew of dedicated workers. Some of them are legendary bakers and others are learning for the first time how to bake. One of my favorite stories this season was from Kristin, one of our novice bakers. Her Nana is known for making some of the best desserts in the family, but this year Kristin was hoping to win the honors. She offered to contribute a dessert to their Christmas meal and Nana suggested they have a competition. After some consideration she chose one of the Chocolate Pecan Pies that she helped bake that day. She was pleased to report to us that the family decided her dessert was the best. According to her, this will be her dessert of choice anytime she is responsible for bringing the sweets!
My husband, Winston, and my father-in-law had a really nice wheat crop this year. In fact, Winston posted a blog about it recently. Our wheat harvest has struggled the last several years due to drought in our area. This year was another story, though! We were so enthusiastic about it, that we decided to keep some of the harvest for ourselves and my mother-in-law had it milled. We visited them a few weeks ago and enjoyed some warm, fresh biscuits that she had made with the recently milled harvest. I thought you might enjoy a picture of these delicious biscuits.
I’m sure it sounds a little silly, but I loved the idea that we were enjoying the end result of all their hard work. I enjoyed mine with a generous amount of butter. Yum! And, of course, I added a nice cup of coffee. I then mosied on outside to their front porch, sat myself down in an inviting rocking chair and enjoyed the evening with some wonderful people!
“For whatever you sow, that you will reap.” Gal 6:7
I remember when I was a kid it was quite the rage to start clubs and invite your closest friends to join with you. I was a member of The Girls Club in which we would yell “no boys allowed” at the top of our lungs when some little boy would innocently cross our path. Poor thing! I’ve even heard my daughter get into the spirit of clubs with her friends. My favorite kids club of all time, though, is one that I wasn’t even a member of. It was one that my Grampy served as a proud founder. He and his friends built a treehouse in a nearby forest in Stoughton, Wisconsin that served as their clubhouse. As with most clubs they had a “magic word” in order to enter the clubhouse. Now most of us used something simple like “open sesame” as our magic words, but my Grampy and his friends were creative. Their magic word was in the form of a song. It made such an impression on me that I can still remember it today. I know at this point in the story you are thinking “surely she isn’t going to make me read this song”, to which I am responding “oh yes I am.” :)
Alla garu garu, wahoo bahoo
Hiex piex, hika pika domatika
Tippa tika hong kong
Alka balka bah
Guah guah guah
A friend of mine has a shirt which reads “No Perfect People Allowed”. I really like that. It made me think of these clubs that we create as kids. Because even though a kids club is usually in the spirit of fun, the bottom line is that every club excludes someone. “No Perfect People Allowed” should adorn every doorway in every home, church, business, government office and clubhouse. It would help remind us that unconditional acceptance should be the constant rule. And I know for myself it would make me breathe a sigh of relief as I walk into a building with such a motto.
When I think of the perfect pecan tree I think of a huge tree with a wide trunk and leaves that could completely cover you from the sun on a hot day. The thing about pecan trees though is that they are somewhat similar to our own lives. They have stages of prime growth and when they get to the latter stage of life their production starts declining. So my version of a “perfect” tree is not what a pecan farmer would view as perfect. I think these beautiful, mature trees would appreciate this statement as well.
Hello Wordpress friends! So this week we will be filming some of our recipe videos and would like to hear from YOU what kind of recipes you would like to see us film and post! Even if the recipe contains no pecans, challenge us to incorporate pecans into the dish. Comment below or email us!