Maple-Sage Ice Cream with Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts Recipe on Food52 (2024)

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by: mrslarkin



2 Ratings

  • Makes about 3 cups of ice cream

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Author Notes

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I used Merrill's The Best Lime Ice Cream as a jumping-off point. The Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts are adapted from the recipe for Maple Sugared Pecans in the cookbook In the Sweet Kitchen by Regan Daley, one of my favorite cookbooks. —mrslarkin

Test Kitchen Notes

Mrslarkin's easy ice cream recipe elegantly highlights the beauty of sage-walnut-maple combo.The sage is no shrinking violet in this silky ice cream that contrasts beautifully with the crunchy, caramelized walnuts. Indeed, we do all scream for ice cream. —Food52

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What You'll Need

  • For the Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts
  • 1 cupraw walnuts, halves and pieces
  • 1 tablespoonchopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoonegg white
  • 2 tablespoonsmaple syrup
  • 1 tablespoonlight brown sugar
  • For the Maple Sage Ice Cream
  • 2 cupsheavy cream
  • 2 dozen fresh sage leaves
  • 2/3 cupmaple syrup
  1. For the Maple-Sage Sugared Walnuts
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prepare a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place walnuts and chopped sage in a small mixing bowl. Mix egg white and maple syrup in a small cup. Add to walnuts and stir well. Sprinkle the brown sugar over and toss to coat nuts completely. Spill walnuts onto cookie sheet, and spread out in one layer.
  3. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring a few times, until nuts are nicely toasted. Slide parchment off of hot cookie sheet onto a cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  1. For the Maple Sage Ice Cream
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, place cream and sage leaves. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, muddle the leaves now and then as the cream heats. Do not boil. When mixture starts to steam, stir in maple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Chill in fridge for several hours or overnight.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the sage leaves from the cream.
  4. Pour cream into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Remove to a freezable container to harden some more.
  5. To serve, scoop ice cream into bowls, layering the sugared walnuts throughout, or just scattering the nuts on top of the ice cream. If desired, a drizzle of maple syrup tastes pretty yummy, too!


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27 Reviews

Midge March 22, 2012

What a combo. Sounds amazing mrslarkin.

mrslarkin March 22, 2012

thanks so much, Midge!

Midge March 22, 2012

What a combo. Sounds amazing mrslarkin.

Ms. T. January 22, 2012

Congrats on the CP, this sounds lovely! I got the book "Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream" for Christmas (which I highly recommend--lots of interesting flavor combos and secret ingredients that contribute to the perfect texture), so I've been on an ice cream making bender lately. I will have to give your recipe a try before I force myself to hide the ice cream maker for my own good :)

mrslarkin March 22, 2012

thanks, Ms. T! Haha, every time i look at my ice cream maker, i think "i have GOT to put that thing away!" It's dangerous. hazards of the job, i guess.

LeBec F. January 19, 2012

mrs l, since you are so clever w/ savory dessert elements, here's 2 more ideas i've always wanted to try w/ icecream flavors. i bet you could create great versions of them:
lemon thyme
lemon black pepper.

mrslarkin March 22, 2012

yum! that sounds like a scrumptious idea! Thanks LBF.

fiveandspice January 19, 2012


mrslarkin January 19, 2012

:) I'm eating some right now.....yumm.

gingerroot January 6, 2012

Yes, please! I'll be there in 11 hours, give or take a few. : ) Simply delicious.

mrslarkin January 6, 2012

Thanks, g!! It's right here waiting for you....;)

drbabs January 5, 2012

yum. so creative!

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

thank you drbabs!

Bevi January 5, 2012

This is too much! My Vermont mom loves her maple walnut ice cream - I will have to make this for her!

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

Thanks Bevi! Now that will be the true test!! Hope mom likes it. :)

aargersi January 5, 2012

Way to blow our NY resolutions Mrs. L :-) Sounds absolutely delicious

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

woopsies. and thank you!! ;)

LeBec F. January 5, 2012

now THIS is thinking outside the box. congrats! you should be wicked proud of yourself.

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

Wow, thank you! That's really nice of you to say.

arielleclementine January 4, 2012

sounds incredible, and those walnuts look ridiculously delicious!

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

thank you kindly, ac!

mrslarkin January 5, 2012

thank you kindly, ac!

boulangere January 4, 2012

I was hoping someone would do something sweet. Lovely.

mrslarkin January 4, 2012

Thanks, b! You know me, I couldn't *not* do something sweet! But for a change, I didn't bake!

hardlikearmour January 4, 2012

Wow! This sounds fantastic. I love how you made the ice cream with only 3 ingredients & your sugared walnuts must take it over the top.

mrslarkin January 4, 2012

Thank you hla! The crunch of the nuts and the creaminess of the ice cream is a great combo.

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