Creamy, vanilla ice cream swirled with buttery sweet salted caramel and generously sprinkled with chunks of chewy praline pecans is an old-fashioned ice cream lover’s dream come true.
Pralines and Cream Ice Cream
My grandfather used to take me to Baskin Robbins and he always ordered a scoop of pralines and cream ice cream. I’ll admit that when I was little, I often ordered bubblegum ice cream, but eventually, Grandpa’s creamy ice cream with that caramel swirl and chewy pralines grew on me.
Over the years, this has become the one flavor I can not resist whenever it is available. And yes, I’m brand-loyal here. I’ll make a special stop at Baskin Robbins when I’m near one, just for a scoop of Grandpa’s favorite ice cream.
Over the past 10-12 years, I’ve tried a few times to recreate that ice cream at home and it simply wasn’t the same. Let’s just say that figuring out the perfect homemade pralines and cream ice cream has been a bit of a journey.
I’m ecstatic today to be savoring a bowl of absolutely perfect homemade pralines and cream ice cream while I write this post. Creamy, not-too-sweet vanilla ice cream is matched with buttery sweet salted caramel swirls and chunks of chewy praline pecans in every bite.
Have I mentioned how much I love this ice cream? I really really love this ice cream. I hope you do too!
The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!
Praline Ice Cream
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this ice cream:
- heavy cream
- whole milk
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
- salted caramel sauce store-bought or homemade
- praline pecans store-bought or homemade
While you can certainly make this ice cream with traditional caramel sauce, I highly recommend trying it with a salted caramel sauce. That tiny bit of salt goes a long way toward balancing the flavors here and avoiding an overly sweet result.
Pralines and Cream Ice Cream Recipe
Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
When the mixture has finished churning, scoop about a fourth of it into a freezer-safe container. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with pralines. Repeat in layers with the remaining ice cream. Place in the freezer until firm.
When ready to serve, scoop into bowls. Drizzle each serving with the remaining caramel sauce and top with additional pralines, if desired.
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Pralines and Cream Ice Cream
- Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
- When the mixture has finished churning, scoop about a fourth of it into a freezer-safe container. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with pralines. Repeat in layers with the remaining ice cream. Place in the freezer until firm.
- When ready to serve, scoop into bowls. Drizzle each serving with the remaining caramel sauce and top with additional pralines, if desired.
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