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Pralines And Cream Ice Cream

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It has been so hot in NYC that I have barely turned the stove or oven on. Salads, quick cooking foods are what I am making and because of this my blog has suffered from neglect. Ice cream has become a major food group for me along with cucumbers and tomatoes. A few weeks ago I made mocha almond fudge and now I am going to tackle the other flavor that I love, Pralines and Cream. I am partial to Haagen Daz ice cream and their Pralines and Cream is amazing, but I have not found it in a store around here for years, it must be really unpopular with the general public, it’s not even in the Haagen Daz store near me. The other day I was rummaging through the frozen case in the market looking for a pint of vanilla and almost shrieked, there it was 1 pint of Pralines and Cream, it had probably been there for a while, it was caked with ice but I got it anyway. It was a little worse for wear, probably had partially melted but still the taste of this creamy, dreamy concoction was still there. I was able to commit to memory the taste, fresh in my mind and I set out to make my own. Pralines are not readily available around here, you ask for them and people look at you like you have 2 heads. Searching the internet for recipes for Pralines and Cream Ice Cream I came across one from Emeril Lagasse. There is a vanilla custard base, caramel sauce and pralines, pretty simple really. Taking into account the terrible heat and humidity and not wanting to spend one minute more at my stove than absolutely necessary I decided to use already prepared vanilla ice cream, make some pralines and use dulce de leche I had in the fridge (it’s ridiculously easy to make).  Love this because the time at the stove is minimal and the ice cream is really wonderful. The recipe for pralines is from Emeril and makes enough for several quarts of ice cream.

I don’t like the term semi homemade but thats what this is. Using Haagen Daz vanilla with homemade dulce de leche and pralines this was easy to make and was almost instant gratification and really pretty close to my beloved Haagen Daz Pralines and Cream.

This yummy ice cream is coming with me to Fiesta Friday #132, I’ve got the ice chest ready and will try to make it there without it melting. Angie’s co hosts this week are Sandhya @ Indfused and Nancy @ Feasting With Friends.

Pralines

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 tbs salted butter

2 tbs water

pinch of salt

Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil on medium high heat stirring constantly until it reaches the soft ball stage 238 -240 degree’s, if you don’t have a candy thermometer have a bowl of ice cold water next to the stove and drop a little in, if it forms into a soft ball it’s ready. Add the pecans and place the pan in an ice bath stirring constantly until cooled. Pour onto buttered parchment lined sheet pan and let cool. The consistency will be like fudge. When it’s cool break into pieces and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Making the Ice Cream

To make the ice cream (my shortcut) soften some vanilla ice cream (I chose haagen dazs) put half of it in a freezer container, sprinkle on some chopped praline and drizzle caramel or dulce de leche. Add the other half of the ice cream on top and add the rest of the praline and caramel, swirl with a butter knife and freeze for a few hours.

There was a little dulce de leche left so I added it to a homemade fudge sauce serving it warm over the ice cream. It was really good. To make the fudge sauce is easy, just like ganache, equal parts chocolate and cream. Add the chocolate to scalding hot cream, let it sit, stir and add some dulce de leche if you like and spoon over ice cream. It’s wonderful.

Hot Fudge Sundae

Hot Fudge Sundae

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  1. This ice cream looks amazing. It’s been horribly hot here too, and I haven’t thought to make ice cream. Is that one of Michael’s scoops? So pretty!

    August 12, 2016
    • Hi Julie, yes thats Michaels scoop, I love it. It is so hot here, yesterday I tried to cook and ended up stopping because my kitchen became too hot. I couldn’t imagine making pralines, making caramel and making the custard for the ice cream so I went the easy route on everything but the pralines. Yesterday I was making some more dulce de leech but had to turn off the stove, it’s only half done, I will refrigerate and finish it after this heat wave breaks sometime the end of next week. Stay cool!!

      August 12, 2016
  2. So what if it’s semi-homemade? It sounds delicious. And I’m definitely with you about not using the stove in this weather. Back in the day, pecan praline was always my favorite (before the development of egg allergies took a bite out of ice-cream for me). Isn’t it bizarre how they take our favorites off the market? Anyhow, I love the idea of being able to adapt something into a lost favorite. As for adaptations, I do a lot of them since my tummy can’t tolerate the spicy food I love. I call them “sort ofs”… I make sort of chili, or sort of enchiladas…

    August 12, 2016
    • Lol, I love that sort of praline and cream ice cream😃😃😃😃😃thanks Teagan you always being a smile to my face😃😃💕💕💕

      August 12, 2016
    • I mostly make eggless ice cream at home, Teagan, it’s lighter and equally tasty…

      August 12, 2016
      • Yes you are right, you can make an eggless custard, I use Jenni’s Ice Cream recipe which makes like a pudding with cornstarch and once chilled it gets churned. You never would miss the eggs.

        August 12, 2016
  3. You are such a creative cook , I love this icecream but I would put on more chocolate sauce. I got to look for your dulce de leech recipe. I hope it cools down soon. Hugs Gerlinde

    I remember when I drove through the California desert decades ago I would wrap wet towels around me to tolerate the heat. Last year in Paris, when it was a 103, I would wear a wet dress straight out of the washing machine.

    August 12, 2016
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde, cooking in this heat is such a chore, even with the AC on the heat is so intense my house struggles to stay below 75 degree’s and with the stove on my kitchen is over 80 degree’s. I am so over this summer and can’t wait for the Fall and cooler temps, Percy feels the same way I’m sure. Thank you and yes I spray myself with water and a wet Percy when we go out, it helps for a little while for sure.

      August 12, 2016
  4. Such a delicious way to combat the heat, Suzanne! I imagine the sweet, salty pralines nestled in the ice cream was a fabulous treat. It’s been hot here too…I actually had ice cream for dinner one night (shhh…don’t tell anyone)! Thanks for bringing your scrumptious treat to Fiesta Friday, I bet you’ve made many party goers very happy!

    August 12, 2016
    • Thanks Nancy, I had ice cream for dinner last night. OMG, it’s ridiculous hot. Thank you so much for co hosting the party this week. Stay cool!!

      August 12, 2016
  5. I am so ashamed to say I’ve never made ice cream, and I loooove ice cream. Your recipe using a haagen dazs vanilla base seems like a great starter recipe for me to try.

    August 12, 2016
    • Don’t be ashamed, ice cream available at the store now is so good I buy it often rather than making it from scratch. Thanks so much Sofia.

      August 12, 2016
  6. Yummm this sounds amazing Suzanne! stay cool xx

    August 12, 2016
  7. I’m suffering with the heat here too and the stove is neglected often. My mouth is watering for this taste now. The next time I shop, I have to see if they have Pralines and Cream, and I’m sure I’ve seen it. I don’t have a fraction of your cooking creativity so mine will be “far from” homemade. Enjoy your Fiesta Friday celebration, Suzanne. Stay cool!

    August 12, 2016
    • Thanks Mary, you stay cool as well. My stove is off limits until this heat wave ends which from the looks of things is no time soon. I just ran to the store and it’s dangerous hot outside. Have a great weekend.

      August 12, 2016
  8. Ice cream, cucumbers, and tomatoes sounds like a delicious diet to me Suzanne! It’s been really hot here as well which has definitely made me less likely to use the oven. This recipe makes me think of the ice cream I used to make with my dad using the hand churned ice cream maker! Rich and delicious 🙂

    August 12, 2016
    • I remember making ice cream with my dad as well, we had one of those hand crank type you add rock salt to the ice. The ice cream that came out of that thing was so good.

      August 12, 2016
    • Sounds like a pregnancy craving😃😃😃😃

      August 12, 2016
  9. I’m pinning this!!!!❤️🍨🍧

    August 12, 2016
  10. Yummm…drooling over here 🙂 And tell me about the heat! It has really been crazy.

    August 12, 2016
  11. We both had ice cream on the brain this week, Suzanne! I like your flavor better. 🙂 We have similar tastes in ice cream as pralines and cream is one of my favorites. I have only eaten it at Baskin Robbins. I am glad to know Haagen Daaz has it sometimes. I’m going to look for it. I’m happy to learn from you how to make pralines. I had no idea. I hope it cools off for you soon!

    August 12, 2016
    • Haagen Daz Pralines and Cream is so good, honestly it’s the best. Mine tastes good but it’s not exactly like HD which I feel is superior. The recipe for pralines is not something I will use often thats for sure but whenever I get a yen for pralines and cream I’ll brush off the recipe. Thanks so much Shari, it’s ice cream weather for sure.

      August 12, 2016
  12. Brilliant, Suzanne! Pralines and Cream is my all-time favourite ice-cream! Thanks so much for this post! Hopefully the weather will cool down really soon for all of you! 😀

    August 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much Juliana. It is so good and this was easy to make, it is hotter than ever outside and will stay that way at least another week. Ugh….

      August 13, 2016
  13. I love semi home made 😈, especially when it comes to ice creams and baked stuff ;)…
    This recipe is a keeper and I am trying soon since Amit loves this flavor!!! The heat is scorching this year more than ever!! Yayyyy to ice creams 😀

    August 13, 2016
    • I love the ease of semi homemade not having to stand over the stove making the custard was liberating. It’s such a great flavor I don’t know why I can’t find it around here, thanks so much Sonal😃

      August 13, 2016
  14. YUMM!!!

    August 14, 2016
  15. This ice cream looks so incredibly good! I love the idea of taking an already awesome vanilla ice cream up a delicious notch!

    August 14, 2016
    • Thanks Jasline, it was easy which is why I liked it and pralines and cream is such a great flavor.

      August 19, 2016
    • Jasline, I just thought of this, I haven’t seen anything from you in a while. Went over to your blog and subscribed (re subscribed) did you change something? Now I think I should see posts from you my apologies for not visiting your blog.

      August 19, 2016
      • Hi Suzanne! Hmm I stopped using the built-in wordpress mailing system, maybe there was an error when I tried to shift the subscribers over. I saw your subscription in my new mailing list, hopefully you’ll be able to receive email notifications now! If not, please let me know!

        August 20, 2016
      • It has been a while since I’ve seen a post from you. Maybe now I will get them.

        August 20, 2016
  16. I could use scoops of this delicious ice cream. Pralines and cream is one of my favorite flavors.

    August 14, 2016
    • Mine too Jhuls, love this flavor. I can eat way too much of it. Thank you so much.

      August 19, 2016
  17. Pralines and cream – sounds like another delicious ice cream to try. I will definitely take a big bowl with hot fudge sauce 🙂

    August 14, 2016
  18. Beautiful Suzanne…You and I had ice cream on our brains this week. We are always about 5-7 deg warmer than NYC and with the humidity, it’s a killer for sure! Ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner is the way to go :). I hope Percy is staying well hydrated and keeping cool. Love the addition with the hot fudge sauce, yummm!

    August 14, 2016
    • Thanks Loretta, it’s hot here consistently only a day or two have been tolerable. Poor Percy is having a rough time because he loves to go for walks but it’s just too hot for him. Thank you again and I always have ice cream on the brain. LOL.

      August 19, 2016
  19. Oooooh that looks so delicious! Can I have 3 scoops please? 😀

    August 15, 2016
  20. petra08 #

    This is my all time favourite ice cream! I don’t eat ice cream very often but when I do this wins every time! Delicious and perfect summer “food” 🙂

    August 16, 2016
    • It’s a toss up for me I guess I’ll have to have a double scoop one of pralines and one mocha almond fudge. Thanks so much Petra.

      August 19, 2016
      • petra08 #

        The option for flavours and endless, one of the things I love about ice cream 🙂

        August 30, 2016
  21. OK, you’ve tackled my 2 favorite ice cream flavors Suzanne!! And they both look awesome. Seriously, I have to drag that ice cream maker down from the top of the cupboard. Hope for cooler days there soon Suzanne!… hugs.

    August 19, 2016
    • Yours as well, how funny. These IMHO are the best ice cream flavors I could eat way too much of both. Thanks so much Rhonda.

      August 19, 2016
  22. Praline!!! Yum! Used to devour that stuff when I was a kid! And now I want some more! Woo!!

    August 21, 2016
  23. I made your delicous superb ice-cream & it was super fabuliscious too! xxxx What a creative ice-cream recipe! wwww

    August 24, 2016

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