Sunday, November 27, 2011

Orange Ice Cream with Dried Cherries and Toasted Pecans

It was just about a year ago when my friend Barbara, at Moveable Feasts posted this recipe for ice cream. I immediately copied it and knew I would make it shortly.  I will admit, the more and more I thought about orange ice cream, the less desirable it sounded.  The Trout kept asking when we were making "that ice cream".  I just could not commit.  Then, after we had decided on duck for Thanksgiving, the orange sounded so good.  First of all, DO NOT let the orange flavor turn you off.  It is very subtle and both of us decided that this ice cream is so very, very good.  Absolutely delightful!!!  It just seemed like such a better idea than pies though I did miss my pecan pie.

So, thank you, Barbara, for posting this a year ago and WOW, did we enjoy it.  Why did I wait so long?

Orange Ice Cream with Dried Cherries and Toasted Pecans
from Moveable Feasts

2 medium navel oranges
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
large pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
1/2 of a vanilla bean split lengthwise (brought this baby home from France)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 tablespoons Cointreau
3/4 cup toasted pecans, broken
Toast pecans and set aside.
Soak the cherries in the orange juice and Cointreau for a few hours until soft
Pare off the peel of the oranges and set aside.

Fill a saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and combine milk, cream, sugars, salt, egg yolks, vanilla bean and orange zest in a glass bowl and set over the simmering water.

Stir mixture constantly until it reaches a temperature between 165 and 180 degrees.  Mixture will thicken somewhat.  Add vanilla and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.  When you are ready to freeze, pour through a sieve to remove the peel and vanilla bean.  Add half the cherries and ALL of the excess soaking liquid.

Freeze according to directions of your ice cream freezer.  When the mixture is semisolid, add the remaining
cherries and pecans.  Continue freezing with it holds stiff peaks.  I poured into my plastic covered container and it went into the freezer for a day.


  1. Susan,

    Oh my! Sounds wonderful. This is a copy and paste! Might try for New Year's Day.

    Thanks for the comment on McCoy vase twin. This gives new meaning to separated a birth! LOL


  2. This ice cream looks delicious! You've just given me a reason to break out one of my unused toys!

  3. It sounds delicious to me and is bookmarked for next spring. Diane

  4. Really, it sounds like a wonderful combination of flavours, and my daughter likes to make ice cream - perhaps she'd make it for me!

  5. This does sound delicious and I've love to try making some! I've always love orange and ice cream together. Remember Creamsicles? They used to be my favorite as a kid.

  6. I hardly use my ice cream maker in the winter. This ice cream recipe might make me get it back out. Sounds great. Love the addition of the Cointreau.

  7. I'm smiling 'cause I actually dream about this ice cream! It's divine. Of course, ice cream is my downfall, but this was one of the best recipes I've ever made and perfect for the holidays. Fine Cooking really comes up with some gems!
    So pleased the Trout liked it too!

  8. I think orange ice cream sounds wonderful! I don't eat ice cream much anymore, but I used to love the half & half of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbert.

  9. This ice cream looks so good. I'd like a bowl. :-)

  10. It sounds wonderful, Susan. It was a perfect end to a delicious meal. You have had me thinking duck for several days now. Now I suspect I'll be thinking orange ice cream as well. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  11. That is one special home made ice cream; loe this combination of ingredients. We are freezing up here, yet now I would love a bowl of this creamy goodness.

  12. This does sound wonderful! I never think to make ice cream in the winter, but it is such a nice sweet after a large meal and I know we would love the orange and cherry combination. Yummy.

  13. Seeing the recipe I can see why you did not rush into it. It looks good though.

    The Pizza looks yummy, however we do not cook outside. When children were young we found it rained every time we got the BBQ out!!

  14. YUM! This is a must try. In my thinking, ice cream is the perfect food!