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Pecan Vanilla Ice Cream with Maple Syrup
Adapted from Jamie Oliver via Food Network
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar (or enough to make a paste)
2 handfuls pecan nuts
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoon(s) maple extract (my addition)
1 quart good quality vanilla ice cream
Heat the oven to 350F. Mix the confectioners sugar, maple extract (or flavoring) on a baking tray with a little water to make a thick-ish paste. Add the pecans. Bake in the oven for a few minutes (I baked mine for about 8 minutes) or until toasted and caramelized. Scoop out the ice cream into 4 glasses or bowls and sprinkle over the whole pecans then drizzle with a good glug of maple syrup.
Notes/Results: Oh my...the scent when those pecans are baking is amazing! The sugary caramelized pecans and maple syrup are an insanely addictive topping for vanilla ice cream. I used one good handful of pecans, together with about a tablespoon of maple extract, and about 4-5 tablespoons of confectioners sugar. Jamie indicates to add water to make a paste. I would say I used about 1 good tablespoon of water. My suggestion would be to play with the recipe until you feel comfortable that your paste is thick enough. Absolutely delicious!
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