August 30th, 2012

Maple Syrup Ice Cream

Maple Syrup Ice Cream



A couple of summers ago we went to upstate New York to visit my husband’s family, and one day we crossed the border into Canada to spend the day in Montreal.  We were able to visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens which has some of the prettiest gardens I’ve ever seen.

The day we were in Montreal it was unbearably HOT.  I had no idea it could get that hot so far north.  So when we saw an ice cream shop in the middle of the city, we couldn’t resist and headed right in.  I looked over the list of flavors they offered and decided to try their maple syrup ice cream.  It was fabulous!  I fell in love with it after just one bite and decided right then and there that when I got home, I was going to make my own maple syrup ice cream.  One of the ingredients I use in my recipe is pure maple syrup.

It’s not the same thing as pancake syrup.  It has a more intense maple flavor, and unfortunately, it’s also more expensive.  I did try making this recipe with Mrs. Butterworth’s pancake syrup once, and although it was tasty, it wasn’t the same as the wonderful ice cream I had in Montreal that day.  If you can afford to get the pure maple syrup, I would do that.  You won’t be disappointed.

This is so easy.  It’s just a matter of mixing up the ingredients and then freezing the mixture in your ice cream maker.

Maple Syrup Ice Cream

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2 Responses to “Maple Syrup Ice Cream”

  1. I live less than 100 miles south of Montreal on the Vermont side of the border. Maple is a way of life here. And yes, it gets astoundingly hot for a few weeks in the summer. And abominably cold in the almost endless winter I might add.

    But let me tell you a little story about Maple Ice Cream. Long ago and far away, I worked out in the Arizona high dessert. One summer I had all the teens in the family–my own four, plus my sister’s boys, and Dad came out to lend a hand. One of the rewards for getting all the chores done was making a gallon of ice cream in an ice cream maker much like the one in your picture – $20 at Walmart, I think it was. So, the kids took turns inventing flavors. And then they got to maple, flavored with a couple of cups of the real thing from my treasured gallon of syrup from “home.” You should have heard my Dad groan and wail about “waste of good maple” but one taste of that ice cream and he never complained again. Next time, toast a few walnuts or pecans, chop them roughly and fold them in at the last minute. Yum, Yum!

  2. Thank you, Grandma, for that fun story! The nuts sound delicious, and I would add them in a heartbeat if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m the only person in my family who likes them. I even get frowned on if I add them to cookies.

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