An almond-flavored ice cream chock full of nutty pieces of chopped, toasted almonds, there is nothing quite like a scoop of toasted almond ice cream topped with dripping homemade caramel sauce and sprinkled with extra chopped almonds! This is the perfect ice cream for anyone who loves nuts!
You know in the movie “Up” when Russell, the Wilderness Explorer who befriends his curmudgeonly old neighbor Carl, talks about getting ice cream at Fenton’s with his dad? Well if you are from the California Bay Area, you are probably familiar with Fenton’s which is an institution. We LOVE going there for huge, amazing sundaes dripping with homemade caramel or hot fudge sauce and topped with extra cherries. Everything is amazing there – the black & tan sundae, the banana splits, the hot fudge brownie sundae. But my most favorite thing to get at Fenton’s is a simple little bowl of toasted almond ice cream topped with caramel and extra chopped toasted almonds.
But we can’t always trek over to Oakland to get our ice cream fix, and I love making ice cream at home anyway. Enter this wonderful recipe for toasted almond ice cream that you can make in your own kitchen. Yes, please! I love the process of making the ice cream custard – mixing the cream and milk and sugar and heating it to temper the egg yolks for a perfectly creamy base. It smells amazing, especially when you have the scent of almonds toasting in the oven at the same time. The hardest part about making toasted almond ice cream at home is waiting for the custard base to cool completely before churning (it takes at least 4 hours in the fridge to get it really cold before pouring the base into your ice cream maker).
But oh is it worth the wait.
This is cold and sweet and full of almond flavor from almond extract and chopped toasted almonds. The mouthfeel of the ice cream is superb – it’s smooth, not grainy or icy, and studded with chopped nuts. Golly, I’m geeking out over here but for reals, this ice cream is the best! And eating it while everything else around you (not just the ice cream) is melting from the July heat is practically a transcendent experience.
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