Maple Walnut Ice Cream


A Canadian favorite! This sweet ice cream actually stays soft even after a week.

close up view of Maple Walnut Ice Cream in a white bowl with walnuts
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
5 cups


  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (Optional)

  • ¾ cup maple syrup

  • teaspoon coarse salt

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Wet Walnuts:

  • 1 ½ cups walnut halves

  • ½ cup maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Pour cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the bowl. Whisk egg yolks together in a separate bowl.

  2. Heat milk, sugar, and corn syrup together in a saucepan over medium-low heat until milk begins to steam, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour about 1/2 cup heated milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Scrape egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with a heatproof spatula.

  3. Cook and stir milk mixture constantly with the spatula, scraping the bottom of the saucepan often, until mixture thickens and coats the spatula, about 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; pour mixture through the mesh strainer into the cream.

  4. Stir 3/4 cup maple syrup, coarse salt, and vanilla into cream mixture, then place the bowl over a larger bowl of ice water; stir to cool to room temperature. Chill mixture in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Spread walnuts onto a baking sheet.

  6. Toast walnuts in the preheated oven until they turn golden brown and become fragrant, about 15 minutes. Set nuts aside to cool to room temperature. Chop nuts coarsely.

  7. Heat the 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup in a saucepan until it comes to a boil. Stir in walnuts, and return to a boil. Stir nuts for 10 seconds, remove from heat; set aside to cool completely. The nuts will be wet and sticky when cooled.

  8. Remove cream mixture from the refrigerator, pour into your ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, stir in wet walnuts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

487 Calories
33g Fat
46g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 193mg 64%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 302mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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