Putt's Butter Pecan Sundae Recipe

The best homemade butter pecan ice cream, right from the Schermer Pecans folks.

Putt’s Butter Pecan Sundae Recipe
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs
6 serves

Putt Wetherbee shares his family's recipe for toasted-pecan ice cream and an incredibly rich praline sauce. There's just something about homemade ice cream that's so much better than the store-bought stuff if you'll put in the extra time, and this ice cream recipe is super decadent thanks to heavy cream, light brown sugar, butter, and toasted pecans. You'll want to drizzle the praline sauce on any dessert! This sauce is perfectly thick, sticky, and studded with more toasted pecans. This sundae will be a surefire hit no matter the party or family get-together.


Ice Cream

  • 3 cups water, divided

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans

Praline Sundae Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Prepare the Ice Cream: Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a simmer in bottom pan of a double boiler over medium. Combine milk, cream, brown sugar, salt, eggs, and remaining 1 1/2 cups water in top of double boiler, and cook, whisking constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 15 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring often, until mixture thickens and thinly coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 15 minutes. Add butter and vanilla, and cook, stirring constantly, until butter melts, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl; cover and chill until cold, about 2 hours.

  2. Pour chilled mixture into the frozen freezer bowl of a 1 1/2-quart electric ice-cream maker, add chopped pecans, and proceed according to manufacturer's instructions. (Instructions and time may vary.) Transfer Ice Cream to a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Prepare the Praline Sundae Topping: Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool slightly, about 15 minutes.

  4. Whisk in evaporated milk until smooth. Stir in pecans and salt. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  5. Transfer topping to an airtight container, and chill until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve over Ice Cream.

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