Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream (no churn)

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream (no churn)

Hi Readers, I am visiting Julie in Coffs Harbour at the moment. We are having a great time discovering hidden gems and popular local restaurants in the town. Julie, Brett, Locky and Anais have been a great family to stay with, I will miss them. One little piece of Coffs Harbour I can share with readers and bring home with me is this Caramelised Pecan Ice cream.  I fell in love with this delicious treat while dining at Charlie’s Restaurant at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream

The caramelised pecan ice cream was a component of a glorious dessert which featured a trio of flavours. For me the pecan was the clear winner, the flavour was such a standout! It was an ice cream revelation!

Sous Chef Mark Gibbs Scooping Pecan Ice Cream

Sous Chef Mark Gibbs Scooping Pecan Ice Cream

Naturally I wanted to share this delicious find with our lovely readers. During my interview with the sous chef Mark Gibbs I asked if it would be possible to coax the recipe from him. Much to my delight he agreed to share his recipe! Chef also informed me that I was not the first one to give great feedback on the ice cream. I suspect many have requested the recipe but today we are able to deliver the prize.

Pecan Ice cream Tuille

Pecan Ice cream Tuille

As I looked through the recipe with Mark I was surprised to hear it was a no churn recipe.

The Sous Chef beamed at me and said, “It’s not a hard ice cream to make, and you don’t need an ice cream maker for this!”

Scooping the Pecan Ice-cream

Scooping the Pecan Ice-cream

I marvelled at the thought of making this ice-cream at home, no fancy equipment needed. In the hot summer season, I can beat the Manila heat with this no churn love of my life.

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream (no churn)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Alesah
A chunky, creamy and heavenly ice cream dessert concocted by Executive Chef Tony Gill & Sous Chef Mark Gibbs of Charlie’s at Pacific Bay Resort.
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 500 g castor sugar
  • 50 mLvanilla essence (best quality)
  • 2 L cream
  • 400 g caramelised pecans (400 g pecans, 400 g castor sugar)
  1. In a heavy pan, caramelise pecans with sugar. Make sure not to cook them too dark, as this will result in a bitter praline.
  2. Cool nut and toffee mixture on a greased tray. When cold, process the mixture in a food processor to desired texture (not too fine).
  3. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Set aside.
  4. In a clean bowl, beat the egg yolks, castor sugar & vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
  5. Combine whipped cream with egg mixture, making sure not to overwork the mix.
  6. Fold in the pecan praline to the egg/cream mixture.
  7. Place in stainless steel containers and freeze overnight. Serve with fruits and a wafer stick, if desired.

I would really like to thank Charlie’s Restaurant and the smashing Sous Chef Mark Gibbs for being so generous to our Gourmet Getaways readers. Please try this amazing and simple recipe. I’m sure you will fall in love with the flavours too.

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream FoodGawker

Caramelised Pecan Ice Cream FoodGawker

I experienced an amazing meal at Charlie’s Restaurant, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort so I would also suggest you make a reservation and try some of the chefs other creations.

Sous Chef Mark Gibbs

Sous Chef Mark Gibbs

Recipe courtesy of Charlie’s Restaurant Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.

Charlie’s Restaurant

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort
Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Ph: (02) 6659 7000

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About Alesah Villalon

I used to chase life as one would chase targets in their calendar years. Until someone came to say, "Do more of the things that you love, and share that love with others!" Now I'm slowing down a bit.

I try to write. I try to shoot beautiful images of places I love. I try to share wholeheartedly the things that I enjoy.

I hope you can share with me all the pleasures that life has to offer through my stories.

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  1. Yum! This is the way I make ice-cream, I’m a bit old school in the kitchen. Thank you for the recipe Alesah 🙂

  2. That sounds absolutely divine! I’m amazed that it’s no-churn. 🙂

  3. What a decadent and delicious ice cream and no churn is perfect for me.
    have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  4. Full points for scoring the recipe! What on earth did you do to convince him to give it to you? bat your lashes?

    I’m very curious – can you scoop it out as soon as you take it out of the freezer or do you need to let it soften?? Even with store bought ice cream, I let it soften for a few minutes to make it easier to scoop but with other no churn ice creams I have made, I have had to let them soften for around 20 minutes before I was able to scoop them.

    Not that I mind! I’m making this anyway! I was just curious 😉

  5. That is awesome! How nice of the chef to share his recipe, but in saying that it looks and sounds incredible!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Well done getting the recipe and thanks for sharing it! 😀 I love no churn ice creams and that looks nice and creamy!

    • I had to share Lorraine, Alesah LOVED it so I wanted everyone to enjoy the recipe. The Chef was a great sport! So nice of him to share.

  7. That ice cream sounds amazing. Yum!

  8. Yum, this looks incredible!
    Melanie @

  9. Wowzaa! This looks and sounds incredible! Major props to you for getting the recipe and sharing it with all of us! Pinning and definitely making!

  10. What a gorgeous biscuit basket of ice-cream!


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