My Turn for us: Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream

I love homemade ice cream!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.
(remember that little jingle from childhood?)

A very good friend of mine (thanks Carol) gave me this recipe years ago and I was scared, 
"CINNAMON Ice Cream" I questioned!!!
 No way would that would be good, but I was so very wrong, it is delicious! 
In fact, I haven't made any other homemade ice cream since we tasted this one. 
The only change I have made to it was changing the nuts.  It was originally Cinnamon Walnut Ice Cream but since I live in the middle of pecan orchards, its pecans all the way.  
But of course you can leave out the pecans and still have a faboulous ice cream.

I have two different recipes because sometimes I make six quarts and other times I use my Kitchen Aide Ice cream bowl which makes 2 quarts.

Cinnamon Pecan Ice Cream

    Small batch- Makes 2 quarts
    • 2 Cups of Half and Half
    • 2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 1 Cup of Sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1 and 1/3 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 1/2 cup Pecans
    Larger batch-Makes 6 Quarts
    • 6 Cups of Half and Half
    • 6 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
    • 3 Cup of Sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 4 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups Pecans
    1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
    2. Add to your Ice Cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions for that particular ice cream maker
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    I lived in the Mesilla Valley in Southern New Mexico for 15 years.
     It's considered high desert but since the Rio Grande river runs through this valley from the north to the south we had irrigation water from the river.  So there are acres and acres of farmland.  
     One of the main crops of the valley is Pecans (the other is  Hatch chile).  We have miles of pecan orchards and then just outside of the valley is the desert. 
     I lived on a little Pecan farm but just 1 mile up the road is the desert.  It's kinda fun, we had the best of both worlds, beautiful farmland but then a desert to play in with ATV's (aka Quads).  
     These were the trees along my driveway that grew the awesome pecans for my ice cream.  We planted 45 trees when we first bought the property in 1998. 
    Update:  I have since retired to the Ranch in Texas and I do miss these trees.
    My son was married under these trees!

    Look, brand new baby pecans for next years ice cream!

    Linking up to these totally awesome PARTIES!