Toasted Coconut & Pecan Ice Cream

Toasted coconut and candied pecan ice cream About a month ago Elsie got me a copy of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. I've been thumbing through it and just waiting for a night when I could try out some of Jeni's amazing recipes. I absolutley love her cookbook! If you are interested in making ice cream at home, I highly recommend you check it out. Super thourough and really pretty to look at too. I'm a big fan of food photography- I like it almost as much as I like cooking. 🙂Toasted coconut and candied pecan ice cream  Along with tons of delicious looking and sounding recipes, Jeni's book offers base recipes with suggestions for experimenting and finding your own favorite flavors. So, of course, I had to try that out. I wanted to create a flavor similar to a blizzard creation that Katie suggested to Elsie and I. Yes, we are the kind of friends who discuss favorite foods often. That's the best kind of friend if you ask me. How to toast coconutToasted Coconut & Pecan Ice Cream, makes one quart. Recipe adapted from this book.  

2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons cream cheese
pinch of sea salt
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
2/3 cup chopped candied pecans (I used these

In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch. Set aside.Candied nutsIn a medium pot combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, then remove from heat. Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and stir into the hot mixture. Sprinkle in the salt. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Pour the mixture into a bowl or large ziplock bag and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (up to overnight).

Follow your ice cream maker's manufacturer instructions to freeze the ice cream batter. Toast the coconut in a dry pan over medium heat until most of the flakes have browned slightly. Once the ice cream is a soft serve consistency, stir in the coconut and chopped nuts. Place into your ice cream container and freeze until hard. Toasted coconut and candied pecan ice cream www.abeautifulmess.comThanks for letting me share my kitchen experiment and a new favorite cookbook with you. Happy cooking! xo. Emma

  • agree Jeni’s base recipe is amazing! But you skipped the step where you boil the mixture about a minute AFTER adding the cornstarch to allow it to thicken fully. It’ll give you a richer, smoother ice cream.

  • Jeni’s is the best! Can you buy her pints there in Missouri? We get them in Cincinnati, but don’t have a parlor yet (though, I’ve heard one might be coming). Her cookbook is sooooooooo gorgeous. I’ve been thinking about making a few recipes from it and hosting an end-of-summer ice-cream social.

  • YUM! I need an ice cream maker in my life. I wonder if I could use raw honey instead of sugar and corn syrup?

  • Awesome! I would love to try this in a vegan version…coconut milk would make a perfect substitute:)
    Boho Bunnie

  • oh gosh! i need to try this ice cream! a coconut and pecan ice cream sounds absolutely amazing! xo

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  • Sounds lovely, I really must get an ice cream maker!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • This reminds me of the pecan and hazelnut gelato I get downtown all the time… I would love to recreate that at home

  • Yummy. That must be absolutely delicious. I also made my own ice cream a few days ago: blueberry, currant and dark chocolate.
    I love to try new flavors and surely, I’ll try this one the next time 🙂

  • i bet this would be EVEN better if made with coconut milk!!!!!!!!! So yummy sounding regardless!
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  • Oh, this looks amazing. i did a few icecream recipes at my blog as well 🙂

    Lary ♥

  • Woo! Go Jeni’s! I’m from Columbus, and it truly is the BEST ice cream ever. Glad you gave her a shout out.

  • Oh wow, that looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try making it myself!

  • Yum yum yum! I’ve never tried making ice cream from scratch! That book must be really awesome.

  • you just gave me the worst midnight snack craving! drooling over these photos. 🙂


  • This looks so delish. After years of thinking that I hated coconut, I’ve recently realized that I actually love it. So I definitely need to give this a try! Thank you for sharing!


  • ahh this looks so good!

  • Yum yum! This looks so delicious! Girls, you always make tasty stuff! Love your blog!

  • OK when I looked at the 3rd photo of the pan, I thought it was hash browns!!! HASH BROWN ICE CREAM. :{ That would be the only way to prepare potatoes that would make me hate them. (PS It was SO superfantastic to meet y’all at TXSC)

    xo, Krissy @ Featherweight Clothing Co.

  • Wish so badly I had the space for an ice cream maker. So many fantastic looking recipes being posted lately.

  • Oh this looks delicious! And lovely photos!

  • Goodness, I’ve been wanting Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for almost two years now! After reading this, I just need to get it. That ice cream looks so yummy! 🙂

  • This looks AMAZING! To clarify, can this be done without an ice cream maker, and just putting it in the freezer? Or do you have to have an ice cream maker?

  • Omg! Looks so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • Have to chime in and agree with Beth! We’re so proud of Jeni’s in Columbus!

  • Needed: One cooler of dry ice for the ladies of A Beautiful Mess to ship this ice cream to my doorstep in Vancouver.

    Now accepting any and all offers to make this happen. 😉


  • This looks so tasty!! I’ve got it pinned and will definitely try to make this soon! Thanks for all the great recipes!
    Morgan 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, don’t do this to me! It looks so delicious and I’m trying to slim down for a bunch of weddings– ahhh! Maybe… maybe I’ll try it anyhow! Thanks for posting! Even just the pictures are great to look at!

  • Wooow it seems delicious! We love icecream with biscuit!

  • Looks oh so delish! I just wrote about my fave ice cream on my blog – and it’s only 150 calories per pint! True story!!!! Check it out:

    Dana Ivy

  • Being a Columbus native I love love love Jeni’s, and i’m so excited to see one of my favorite companies shared on my favorite blog! And this experiment looks so great, ill have to try it. Thanks for sharing Emma! 🙂

  • Ah, this sounds and looks so yummy, although I´m at the moment addicted to walnut ice I´m sure this is a great alternative!

    Thank you

  • What a lovely combination! And great photos. Fun ice cream recipes are such a summery treat!

  • Oh goodness this looks toooo good! Definitely adding this to my list of ice creams I want to make!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Yummy Yum yum! I’m definitely on the market for an icecream recipe! We haven’t used our ice cream machine ONCE this summer! Sheesh! How silly:) love ya’ll! and loved meeting you at TXSC:)

  • These look delicious!!!

  • This recipe looks insanely delicious. I haven’t busted out my icecream maker yet this summer. This may be the recipe that gets me to dust it off! Thanks for the great post.

  • I feel like making ice cream is so much work, but I comment you for trying it out (and obviously succeeding!) This flavour looks delishious and a perfect replacement for the standard freezie!


  • that looks so very excellent! especially in a waffle cone… heaven!

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