Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream


Nutty, buttery pecans scattered through a creamy ice cream base, swirled with ripples of chocolate fudge, and all of this is made without an ice-cream maker. Put a smile on everyone’s face, especially mom, when dessert is a big bowl of Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream.

Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream

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I love my mom. Even when she drives me crazy. I mean, I think that is part of a mom’s job, and most of the things that make me nuts are also the things that I love most about her.

No matter where we go, we see someone she knows, and she just has to stop and talk. And talk. And talk. And talk. But it is because she is so friendly, approachable, and truly cares about people.

She is always giving my boys food and toys and stuff that I think they don’t need. But that is because she just adores them so much.

If I am cooking or eating or doing anything in the kitchen, she starts cleaning up before I am even done, not even asking if I am still using the stuff that is out. But, hey, she’s cleaning up after me, so I’ll take it.

Honestly, these are some of the traits I wish I had inherited from her. While we are very much alike in some ways, in other ways, we are complete opposites. I tend to be an introverted, rigid, somewhat selfish (if we are being honest here), messy person, and I wish I had her more laid back, outgoing, giving, neat-freak personality. Well, maybe these things don’t come naturally to me, but I hope I have a least a little of them, and can continue to work to improve myself based on her amazing example.

What did I inherit from her? A total love of ice cream…

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So it’s Holiday Food Party time again, and if you haven’t already figured it out, we are celebrating Mother’s Day. Naturally, in honor of my mom, I had to make ice cream. Butter pecan ice cream, to be exact, since that is her favorite. But when I was chatting with her and brainstorming the recipe, she said she wanted chocolate, too. It might have been because it was still during Lent, and she gives up chocolate every year. But whatever. She wanted it. So I added it in the form of a swirly ripple of fudge just winding it’s way through the rich, creamy, dreamy ice cream studded with crunchy pecans that had been toasted in some lightly browned butter for added nuttiness and a little salty flavor to balance all of the sweet goodness.

Oh yessssss!

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My mom has pretty amazing taste in desserts, doesn’t she?! Wait, hold up a second. I think you need to take a closer look at this…

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As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m sure you are also thinking of just the right recipe to serve your mom or any special mom in your life, or to have your kids make for you. I’m sure you’ll find inspiration from this amazing drop of bloggers that come together for the Holiday Food Party, hosted by Jen from Jen’s Favorite Cookies. This time around there are thirteen fabulous recipes any mother will love…

13 Mother's Day Recipes | and friends | #mothersday #dessert #drinks

So brown some butter, whip some cream, and throw a batch of Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream in the freezer. While it freezes, you can plan an entire Mother’s Day menu from these tasty selections created by some of my amazing food bloggy friends…

1. Coconut Cupcakes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
2. German Apple Cake from Magnolia Days
3. Baked Lemon Pasta with Broccoli and Shrimp from What Smells So Good
4. Cinnamon Pear Cake from Roxana’s Home Baking
5. Strawberry Whiskey Sour from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
6. Huevos Rancheros from Crumb Blog
7. Triple Lemon Cake from Created by Diane
8. Banana Chocolate Chip Bread from Chocolate Moosey
9. Lemon Thyme Shortbread from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Pineapple Coconut Sweet Rolls from Pineapple and Coconut
11. Caramilk Stuffed No-Knead Brioche from Gotta Get Baked
12. Mom’s World Famous Sponge Cake from Hungry Couple NYC
13. Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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And seriously, people, try this ice cream. Yeah, it’s rich. Yeah, it’s indulgent. But these are the sacrifices I make for my mom.

Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream | | #dessert #chocolate #glutenfreeWhat is/was your mom’s favorite dessert?

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Browned Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream
Ice cream filled with buttery pecans and swirls of chocolate, and you don't need a machine.
Recipe type: Dessert, Ice Cream
For the butter pecans:
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup halved pecans (or chopped)
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
For the fudge ripple:
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the ice cream:
  • one can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • one pint heavy cream
For the butter pecans:
  1. In a small pan over low heat, gradually melt the butter and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until it turns a light golden brown. Watch closely to ensure the butter doesn't burn.
  2. Add the pecans and salt, and toss until the pecans toast slightly, another few minutes, again watching closely to avoid burning the butter.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
For the fudge ripple:
  1. Whisk together the water, cocoa powder, and corn syrup in a small pot.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  4. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use, cooling at least to room temperature.
For the ice cream:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the butter pecans and the vanilla.
  2. Pour the heavy cream in a large bowl and, using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  3. Gently fold in the pecan and sweetened condensed milk mixture.
  4. Pour half of the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container and top with about half of the fudge ripple mixture. Swirl with a knife or skewer.
  5. Top with the remaining ice cream mixture and fudge ripple mixture, and swirl with a knife or skewer.
  6. Cover and freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight.


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  1. says

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pick and choose the traits we inherit from our mom. One I know I inherited is her love for chocolate. She would very much enjoy this ice cream (as ice cream is one of her favorite treats).
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  2. says

    I wish I knew your mom, Brianne, because she sounds like so much fun! And from getting to know you through your blog and on social media, you’re awesome and more social than you’re giving yourself credit for. At least you definitely inherited her love of ice cream! This is an amazing combination of flavours and textures. I was drooling when I was reading your description of the ice cream and then these photos. Be still my gurgling stomach! This looks rich and creamy and decadent, all the things ice cream should be. And I see that you froze the cups you put the ice cream in – that’s so smart! I always end up with puddles within five minutes of trying to photograph ice cream. I’ll try doing that the next time. I hope you and your mom have a wonderful Mothers Day!
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    • says

      Aw, thanks Nancy! You are sweet! Actually I scooped the ice cream then froze it in the cups for a bit. It gives you a little more time when the scoops are frozen solid. But I do like to get some melty shots, too!

  3. says

    Ha I can totally relate to the cleaning up while I’m in the kitchen part. Especially when she dries the dishes in the dish rack and when she realizes she doesn’t know where the oddball stuff goes, she either lays them on the the table or back on the counter. But hey, clean dishes right? LOL She (and me!) loves ice cream too. Maybe it’s a mom-daughter thing 😉
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    • says

      My mom will wash the stuff, and then build up a precariously teetering mountain of clean, wet dishes in the dish rack that I am always worried about knocking over when I am still working in the kitchen! But then we go eat ice cream and it’s all good!

  4. says

    You had me at “browned butter” (and at “fudge ripple”… and also at “ice cream”… what can I say? I’m easy like that.) :)
    I can totally relate to your relationship with your mom, though I think that’s mostly because mothers always drive their daughters just a little bit crazy. I know I get along much better with mine now that we’re a 5 hour drive apart! We usually see eye-to-eye when it comes to food, though…. so this ice cream would totally get her stamp of approval. :)
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