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Amaretto Ice Cream with Caramelised Pecans (without an ice cream maker)

Curry’s recently came to me with a challenge, follow our recipe and make a delicious ice cream without an ice cream maker.  Ok, so I know it can be done as I have made ice cream before without the need of an ice cream maker but not in the same way.  My ice cream used whisked evaporated milk to make a super tasty and creamy rose ice cream but the Currys recipe used whisked egg whites and sugar so it’s as if you are making a pavlova.

With a can do attitude and also slightly terrified at the thought of making a total mess of it I created my own ice cream recipe; Amaretto Ice Cream with Caramelised Pecans.  No pressure!!!!!  I am a glutton for punishment especially as I had the option to make a simple vanilla ice cream.  For me I have a tendency to want to create something and generally go for it, the only thing slowing me down is self doubt which I really need to smack with a rolling pin sometime soon!

The basic recipe I was given:

  • free-range eggs (you’ll need 4, separated)
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • a teaspoonful of vanilla extract

My recipe:

For the Caramelised Pecans

200g halved pecans

40g butter

100g caster sugar

For the Ice Cream

  • 4 free-range eggs (you’ll need to separated the eggs and yolks)
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tbs Amaretto
  • Method
  • For the Nuts
  • Throw the nuts, butter and sugar into a pan and heat.


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  • Stir and make sure the sugar crystals all dissolve.  Once the liquid starts turning golden brown mix and take off the heat.
  • pour onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and allow to cool and harden.



There is more than you should need for this ice cream recipe here but this can be stored in an airtight container for a few days at least and is yummy to nibble on.


  • Method
  • For the Ice cream

Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until thick and stiff so that it looks a little like clotted cream when the whisk is removed. Slowly whisk in the caster sugar and keep whisking until the mixture is stiff and glossy.


Fold the cream, egg yolks and Amaretto in so that they are all well combined and then slide the mixture from the bowl into a freezer container (which could be anything such as a loaf tin, baking tray or Tupperware box) .


Add in 100g of the caramelised pecans and press into the ice cream.  Sprinkle over another 40g-50g on top.


Cover with cling film before putting into a large fridge freezer drawer so there’s plenty of space for it to freeze.

Now for the hard part… Wait six hours (or until the so-good-it’s-sinful stuff is solid) and then pull from the freezer for a frozen treat!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended!) Your homemade goody will work with a range of summery desserts from fresh fruit, to trifle, jelly and cream tarts.

Did it Work?

It sure did!!!

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The ice cream tasted great, it was smooth and creamy with delicious sweet crunchiness from the caramelised pecans.  I am guaranteed to make this again and also experiment with other flavours!

Any ideas what I should make next?

Have you ever made ice cream without a machine?

This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. OMG, I’ve wanted an ice cream maker before lol not that I eat that much ice cream but this…the pecans too – looks delicious. Thanks for sharing x

    1. No problem, glad you liked it 😉

  2. This sounds so, so good! Perfect way to eat ice cream well into autumn!

    1. Yo can enjoy this anytime of year x

  3. Pistachio ice cream is one of my favourite flavours so i can imagine that I would love Pecan too!!

    1. I must try making a pistachio ice cream.

  4. Oh yeas!!! What a perfect flavour combo. I’m a big amaretto fan. x

    1. Me too and it works well in an ice cream.

  5. That sounds delicious, I absolutely adore anything with pecans, so this is perfect.

    1. They work extremely well in this ice cream.

  6. Oh my gosh this sounds amazing. I love Amaretto flavor so I know I’d love this.

    1. It is lovely and I’m sure you would love this.

  7. Oh my this sounds just absolutely incredible and definitely my kind of ice cream x

    1. It is gorgeous! I am working on more recipes 😉

  8. Oh my god – this is my kind of recipe! It sounds amazing!

    1. It tastes amazing too!

  9. Omg yummy! I now need to try and make this asap!

    1. I hope you liked it.

  10. I’m glad I didn’t get an ice cream maker now! This ice cream looks lovely 🙂

    1. Have fun in the kitchen x

  11. I’ve never tried making ice cream but i’d love to give it a go. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks and sounds yummy.

    1. It is delicious, enjoy!

  12. The flavour combination sounds so delicious! I’d love to try it xxx

    1. The ingredients worked very well luckily.

  13. This looks soo tasty!! Not sure I would trust myself to make this without the help of my trusty ice cream maker though xD

    1. Give it a go without first. You will see it works well.

  14. Oh amaretto is one of my favourite ever flavours – this sounds amazing.

    1. It is delicious, i loved this and plan to experiment more.

  15. Just Just reading the title made me hungry! This sounds so delicious! I need to make some!

    1. It was fantastic!!!

  16. I have never attempted making ice cream, but this has definitely made me want to give it a try, looks delicious

    1. It was a great recipe, I am relieved it worked.

  17. This looks delicious, I’ve tried making ice cream like this before but it didn’t turn out too good but I might have to give it another go!

    1. Have fun Joanne!

  18. I have never made ice cream before but I am so loving your recipe. What an amazing challenge I am loving it

    1. This was lovely, I’m so pleased I decided to experiment.

  19. Well this just looks like the perfect treat!

    1. It is lovely.

  20. This looks very tasty, I have never made ice cream but I buy lots

    1. You will want to make your own after trying this.

  21. I’ve never heard of making it with whisked egg whites, that’s ingenious! I love the idea of this flavour.

    1. It’s amazing my friend and husband love it. It’s a shame I never have enough to let others taste it too lol.

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