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Chai Honey Pecan Ice Cream

YUMMY

YUMMY

The good people at Calmer Sutra Tea were kind enough to send me a jar of their Hiranya Chai Spiced Honey after seeing my post on granola that was made with their delicious ginger infused honey. I have become a big fan of the company and I have Mary Frances from Mary’s Secret Ingredient to thank for that. She sent the jar of honey in my box of goodies along with their tea. It was love at first bite for me and now I am hooked on their delicious products. They did not ask me to create a recipe but how could I not after tasting this amazing honey. It’s summer in the US (finally) and my thoughts turn to ice cream. I also think this would be delicious made with coconut milk also for my vegan and lactose intolerant friends.

The ice cream is made with chai honey and organic sugar using my basic recipe for custard. I thought well, chai honey ice cream would be amazing but why not add some pecans, but not just any pecans. I coated them with butter and chai honey and toasted them in the oven. The fragrance is intoxicating. Honestly, if you want a great snack make a big batch of these nuts and put them out, I guarantee you and your family or guests will love them. You can’t eat just one!! The ice cream is creamy with a hint of chai spice and honey and absolutely wonderful with the pecans. Serve on it’s own or I think it would be amazing on a warm slice of apple pie. I am a big fan of their  products, the tea is incredible and well, you know what I think of the honey. The flavor is intense, absolutely natural and the quality is excellent. I highly recommend you give their products a try. Full Disclosure: I was sent a jar of the honey from Calmer Sutra but the opinion is totally my own!!!

Chai Honey Pecans

Chai Honey Pecans

Chai honey buttered pecans

3/4 cup pecans

1 tbs salted butter

1 tbs Calmer Sutra chai honey

Pre heat oven to 300. Melt the butter (I used the microwave) place pecans, melted butter and chai honey in bowl and mix, make sure each nut is covered in the honey and butter. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and toast in oven for 15- 20 minutes. Let cool, break apart and give a rough chop and set aside. Important: I toast the nuts on low heat, first time I did it the oven was too hot and the honey burned. I found 300 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes is perfect. 

The Custard Base

5 egg yolks

1/1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups whole milk or half and half

3 tbs Calmer Sutra Chai Honey

1/4 cup organic sugar

pinch of sea salt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pour the cream, honey, sugar and salt into a medium sauce pan and bring to scalding. Beat egg yolks until thick and creamy and lighter in color. Temper the egg yolks by slowly adding the hot milk whisking while adding. When you have added half pour back into the pot with the rest of the milk and cook stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon and when you swipe your finger it makes a line that stays intact. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into a bowl or large glass measuring cup, place plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and let come to room temperature. Now refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight preferably. NOTE: You may notice I use a small amount of the honey both in the nuts and custard well, thats all you need, the honey is intensely spiced, it’s wonderfully assertive so a little goes a long way.

To make the Ice Cream

Follow manufacturers instructions for your ice cream maker, when the consistency of soft serve add the nuts and spoon into freezer container. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until it is scoopable.  Enjoy!!

Ready to freeze

Ready to freeze

Calmer Sutra Honey

Calmer Sutra Honey

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  1. Oh, Suzanne. You’ve outdone yourself with this ice cream!!!

    June 15, 2014
    • Oh thank you I didn’t mean to publish yet, oh well it’s out there now, I’ll add another photo when the ice cream is frozen, LOL. Thank you again.

      June 15, 2014
      • OOOPPPS! I’ve done that a few times myself…

        June 15, 2014
      • Oh well, I didn’t even realize I did it. oops is right!!

        June 15, 2014
  2. First I thought, Wow! Suzanne’s been busy making ice cream and posting! So funny you didn’t even realize you hit publish! I’m glad you did because this is such a lovely post. Pecans are my favorite nut and I love how you toasted them with your delicious honey and butter. After I read your post yesterday I just had to have a bowl of ice cream. It wasn’t home made, but cured the craving!

    June 15, 2014
    • I can’t believe I hit publish, didn’t have the final photo done because the ice cream is still freezing and will be for at least 6 hours. Thank you so much, in summer I am kind of consumed by thoughts of ice cream and this was the perfect venue for me to indulge my cravings for the cold stuff. Thank you so much.

      June 15, 2014
  3. You can still go in and add a photo to your post can’t you? I’ve made changes countless times to posts after publishing them once I realized I forgot something.

    Anyways, the ice cream sounds amazing!! I love chai spice and I still remember your post on that ginger infused honey. I can imagine the amazing flavor. And yes it is definitely Ice cream season, I just posted some myself haha. I love how you describe the toasted pecans as intoxicating. Pecans are my very favorite pecan and I ALWAYS roast them and funny, I roast all my nuts at 300 degrees for 15 mins and they are always perfect. This sure is an amazing ice cream!!

    June 15, 2014
    • Yes, I flash froze one scoop and quickly took the top photo thanks to my little model and added it.
      I love your ice cream and have made it multiple times for my vegan friends, I usually forget to tell you oops!! But your ice cream is amazing and my friends love it. Thank you so much, I love chai spices too and the nuts with the honey and butter are so good and perfect in the ice cream.

      June 15, 2014
  4. I’ve never liked pecans, but I bet this would work with walnuts, too – sounds great!

    June 15, 2014
  5. talkavino #

    I fail with my KitchenAid ice cream maker 4 times out of 5 – but I might try it again 🙂

    June 15, 2014
    • Well if the kitchen aid fails try it as a semi freddo, LOL, thanks so much Anatoli. It’s really delicious.

      June 15, 2014
  6. It must taste heavenly!

    June 15, 2014
  7. That sounds amazing! The perfect summer treat. I love the chai + honey + pecan flavor combo, genius! 🙂

    June 15, 2014
    • Thank you so much. it’s a great combination and the amazing product really made it!!

      June 15, 2014
  8. Wow… and this would be a perfect day for that ice cream. Enjoy!

    June 15, 2014
    • Love ice cream and love experimenting with different flavors, this one is really nice!! Thank you so much.

      June 15, 2014
  9. This sounds perfect for a summer time treat! I’m sitting here drooling as I read your recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    June 15, 2014
  10. petra08 #

    This ice cream sounds fantastic! I love pecans in anything but in ice cream is a favorite, it looks delicious.

    June 15, 2014
    • Thank you, I love butter pecan ice cream and this is kind of a take on that flavor. Thanks so much.

      June 15, 2014
  11. Sounds divine. It’s all in the detail, they say, and coating the pecans with butter and chai honey before roasting them sounds like a mega flavour enhancer.

    June 15, 2014
    • It really is lovely and absolutely a mega flavor enhancer, the nuts are great on their own.

      June 15, 2014
  12. OMG ! It seems like an Haagen Dazs jar but totally homemade. God I wanna have some…

    June 15, 2014
    • Thank you so much Elsa, I love Haagen Dazs their ice cream is wonderful. This homemade is really good too!

      June 15, 2014
  13. you are an artist! compliments!

    June 15, 2014
  14. OMG…that ice cream looks like perfection!

    June 15, 2014
  15. Chai and pecan together must be amazing, bookmarked this recipe 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    June 15, 2014
  16. Oooh I might have to try that honey and the ice cream looks amaaaazing 🙂

    June 15, 2014
    • Highly recommend the chai as well as ginger honey, Both are outstanding products and there are so many uses for them.

      June 15, 2014
      • You have an online link for them? Or is it a shop only purchase? X

        June 15, 2014
      • The first line of the first paragraph of my post click on Hiranya Chai Spiced Honey and you will be in their site and you can purchase the honey. I’m doing the same!!

        June 15, 2014
  17. This I want to try! It sounds splendid!

    June 15, 2014
  18. Wow that looks great! I love chai tea and chai lattes, but never thought of it in ice cream.

    June 15, 2014
    • Me neither and I love chai tea. It’s a wonderful ice cream!! Thank you!!

      June 15, 2014
  19. Beautiful flavours Suzanne – I very much like your idea of topping an apple pie with this particular ice-cream! Can I ask what type of ice-cream maker you use? It might be time for me to buy a proper one before our next summer hits. Like Anatoli (in his comment above) says, the KitchenAid ice-cream attachment doesn’t always behave… time for an upgrade perhaps!

    June 15, 2014
  20. To die for, Suzanne!!! I love nuts and nutty ice-creams are my favorites. I would love a scoop (well maybe two) right now! 🙂

    June 15, 2014
    • Me too, love nutty ice cream, I’m not big on fruity but give me something with nuts or chocolate or coffee I’m in heaven, Thank you so much Francesca!

      June 15, 2014
  21. DetoxMama #

    This looks to die for! Wow!

    June 15, 2014
  22. It sounds delicious and I love pecan and chai 🙂

    June 16, 2014
    • I love chai, a friend and fellow cook created a recipe for what she calls dirty chai, it has espresso in it and it’s fantastic, creamy delicious that would also make a great ice cream flavor.

      June 16, 2014
  23. Sounds lovely!

    June 16, 2014
  24. You’re killing me with your ice cream posts, Suzanne! My brand new ice cream maker is STILL in the box. I must get it out and try your recipes!!!

    June 16, 2014
    • Get it out of the box Patty, it’s ice cream season and there are so many great frozen treats to make. I am working on a bunch of them. I could eat the stuff every day. Thanks so much.

      June 16, 2014
  25. Pecans are my favourite and to make them with honey and butter is just over the moon and then to put them on this fab ice cream……I wish I was having this right now! 😉

    June 16, 2014
  26. WOW! You have a frozen gift, Suzanne . . . Yum!!

    June 16, 2014
    • LOL, thank you so much, I guess it stems for my obsession with ice cream.

      June 16, 2014
  27. You are amazing. I wish I had some of this ice cream right now. I bet your pugs were licking their lips. Emma xx

    June 16, 2014
    • Emma you are so sweet, thank you so much. The pugs will forever hope that something falls to the floor because once it’s on the floor it’s fair game. Thank you again.

      June 16, 2014
  28. Wow so many good flavors together!

    June 16, 2014
  29. It’s just getting summer-ish around here and I’ve been thinking about getting down the ice cream maker from the top cupboard– this looks perfect!! thanks for the encouragement to get that ice cream going Suzanne!!

    June 16, 2014
    • Thanks Rhonda, yep ice cream time of year for sure. Still dreaming of your blackberry bush. Had one in my backyard as a child brings back great memories of picking them for my Moms delicious blackberry pie.

      June 16, 2014
      • OK, have yo posted a blackberry pie recipe yet?… Would love to see it!

        June 18, 2014
  30. Oh wow Suzanne, this sounds and looks amazing!!!

    June 16, 2014
  31. Very NICE, Suzanne! Yum! 😛

    June 17, 2014
  32. I love the combo of the flavors you used Suzanne plus we are talking about ice cream and who can say no to ice cream? Not me for sure!

    June 17, 2014
  33. I want ice-cream! Having the last few days lying ill in the bed, such painful headache! Today is a bit better, and turn on the computer, see your ice-cream in front of me, I just want to have it straight away! 🙂

    June 17, 2014
    • I am so sorry you have been ill, hope you feel better and continue to get better and thank you so much ice cream always makes me feel good!

      June 17, 2014
      • Thanks Suzanne, I’m getting there! The weather in England is so nice and sunny at this moment, love to enjoy it! 🙂

        June 18, 2014
  34. Sue #

    Oh my word does that look delicious right now! You know, we are seeing so many ice cream flavors but I have not yet seen a chai spiced version. Great work and I love the name of that tea!!!

    June 17, 2014
    • Thank you so much Sue, one of the things I love about ice cream is that the variations are almost endless. Never have to get tired or bored with the same old flavors, not that it’s a bad thing mind you, I also love the name of the company and their products, very creative,

      June 17, 2014
      • Sue #

        Ha! Just put my little ice cream post up. So good in this heat!!!

        June 17, 2014
      • I just saw your FABULOUS ice cream and I’ll trade you a scoop, of mine. I want some right now!!

        June 17, 2014
  35. So good Suzanne!

    June 17, 2014
  36. Oh my, this sounds amazing!!! Yummy!

    June 17, 2014
  37. Oh my goodness. This is absolutely incredible. You could go into business with an ice cream recipe like that!

    June 17, 2014
    • What a nice thing to say, thank you so much. I love ice cream so much it’s fun working with different flavors.

      June 18, 2014
  38. Reblogged this on food thoughts to share and commented:
    Chai Honey Pecan Ice Cream – I love this blog – Suzanne makes some awesome foods – check it out!

    June 18, 2014
  39. Totally loving Calmer Sutra Tea, especially their peppermint tea! I’ve been drinking a cup every night and it’s such a relaxing moment… I look forward to it!

    And this ice cream.. made of magic!

    June 18, 2014
  40. It’s only quite recently that I’ve been able to buy pecans, as normally they’re so expensive over here. Anyway, they are addictive – and loving the sound of your roasted pecans! I never usually eat ice cream but this would have me begging for more!

    June 18, 2014
    • I love pecans, but then I love nuts almost every variety. They are all expensive here also, except peanuts. Thanks Johnny I am partial to ice cream in the summer, one of my indulgent pleasures.

      June 18, 2014
  41. This definitely looks like a 2 scoop worthy ice cream, Suzanne! The flavors sound spectacular… yummy!

    June 19, 2014
  42. I think I am infatuated with those Chai Honey Butter Pecans. Amazing! I’m getting the next box from Mary’s Secret Ingredient and I can’t wait.

    June 19, 2014
    • Must say the pecans are amazing. I like to eat them straight up. The ice cream was slightly pecan deficient because I kept snacking on them.

      June 20, 2014
  43. Liz #

    very cool that you got another jar of honey 😀 The ice cream looks sooooooo good. Love how your mind works with flavor combinations. And cracking up over your comment above that your ice cream was pecan deficient.

    I went ahead and order more Secret Ingredient boxes. Fun to be surprised.

    June 21, 2014
    • Thanks Liz, it was very nice of them to send the honey and I do really love their products. They are so natural and taste so good, the flavors are intense. Love it! The ice cream was really good, even the kids loved it, was a bit surprised as it was more of an adult flavor profile. I have to make some more!

      June 21, 2014
  44. This looks beyond delicious. I have yet to break out the ice cream maker this summer, but I think it need to very, very soon.

    June 22, 2014
    • Thanks so much Melissa. I have been using mine a lot so far. Love ice cream!

      June 22, 2014

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