This rich and creamy homemade Maple Ice Cream recipe requires just four ingredients! Pure maple syrup gives this ice cream a smooth natural flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla.
Maple Ice Cream
This is one of the simplest ice creams you can make, with just four ingredients: cream, milk, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt.
Maple is such a rich natural sweetener for desserts. It has a depth of flavor beyond regular sugar. I like experimenting with it and honey when I can to change things up.
Maple-flavored syrups or pancake syrups are a no-go for this recipe. Not only is the flavor not quite the same they often contain alcohol which impacts the freezing process of homemade ice cream. It can take longer or not set up at all.
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While I am a big fan of my ice cream maker, here is a little secret. You can make homemade ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!
Maple Nut Ice Cream
While the nuts in this recipe are optional, they add something very special to this ice cream. You’ll want to be sure to add candied walnuts to the recipe, not plain roasted or raw walnuts.
The candied walnuts are sweeter and that balances the natural bitterness of walnuts. And most importantly, the candied walnuts will be softer and chewier in the final frozen ice cream.
Maple Ice Cream Recipe
- Combine the cream, milk, syrup, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and gently stir in the walnuts, if desired. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
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Maple Ice Cream
- 1¾ cups heavy cream
- 1¼ cup whole milk
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup candied walnuts optional
- Combine the cream, milk, syrup, and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and gently stir in the walnuts, if desired. Place in the freezer until ready to serve. Serve with extra walnuts and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.