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Maple Ice Cream Recipe

This maple ice cream recipe might be just the thing to top some Mother’s Day brunch waffles. Why just have maple syrup when you can have maple ice cream?!

But, of course, my maple ice cream didn’t top waffles – it went in an ice cream cupcake.

Maple happens to be one of my favorite flavors – it’s right up there with honey. I must admit that I have even been known to put maple syrup on pasta. It’s really good on just about anything. The same applies to the maple ice cream. It could enhance just about any meal. Picture pork chops with maple ice cream on top. Yum! OK – maybe it’s just me.

Maple Ice Cream Recipe

I found the recipe for maple ice cream on Serious Eats. I am reprinting it below with my notes. The recipe requires an ice cream maker. I have a really cheap model that I borrowed and never returned from Groom 2.0 (it’s similar to this ice cream maker). It works quite well.

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Maple Ice Cream Recipe

This maple ice cream recipe might be just the thing to top some Mother's Day brunch waffles. Why just have maple syrup when you can have maple ice cream?!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade maple ice cream, maple ice cream, maple ice cream recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freeze 4 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 334kcal


  • 3/4 C pure grade A maple syrup Do not use the fake stuff!
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 t maple extract I just used 1/2 t because that seemed mapley enough.


  • In a medium saucepan over moderately high heat, boil the maple syrup until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat and stir in the milk, cream, and salt.
  • Cook until just under a boil (you will see bubbles along the edges of the pot and steam rising from the surface).
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until lightened.
  • Slowly add a few tablespoons (no more than 1/4 cup total) of the hot milk mixture into the yolks, whisking constantly.
  • Add the yolks back to the rest of the milk, whisking constantly.
  • Cook the mixture over medium-low heat until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (if you run your finger across the spoon in a line it shouldn't drip; a candy thermometer will register 170°F). Be careful to not let it boil. (For me, this took just a couple of minutes.)
  • Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl.
  • Add the maple extract. (At this point, you have maple custard. You may be tempted to eat it all before turning it into ice cream. I wouldn't blame you. It is crazy tasty!)
  • Chill until very cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Nutrition Facts
Maple Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 182mg61%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1055IU21%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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15 comments on “Maple Ice Cream Recipe”

  1. Jodisays:

    oooh this looks yum!

  2. Tinasays:

    ooh I can’t wait! This looks good already!

  3. Brittsays:

    I put maple syrup on everything too! Mmmmm!

  4. Sometimes I like to use ice cream as a sort of dip for crispy, crunchy cookies (especially palmiers)… This would be SO perfect!

  5. Gracesays:

    you know, i could really get behind some pork chops topped with maple ice cream–i think it’d be pretty tasty. then again, i douse my pancakes with so much maple syrup i practically need a spoon to eat them. mmm, pancakes with maple ice cream. yes, please. :)

  6. I really like maple too and this year I actually tapped my own trees and eneded up with about 3 quarts of really delicious maple was fun and free!!

  7. Kevinsays:

    Maple ice cream is a great idea! Now that it is warming up it is the perfect time to make some.

  8. Anonymoussays:

    Are you nuts? You should use Grade B maple syrup. Grade A is/was considered high quality because in the old days they were looking for sweetners that did not impart their own flavor to whatever you were baking. For devastatingly rich maple flavor, always go for Grade B.

  9. Anonymoussays:

    making this right now, but trying to mix it up by infusing it with bacon flavor for a food recipe contest. crossing my fingers that it tastes good!

  10. Yum, I love maple syrup so this ice cream sounds divine. However, I can’t find maple extract here, could I simply use more maple syrup or sub for vanilla extract?

  11. Stefsays:

    BakingBlueFinger – I recommend that you buy some maple extract online if you want a really strong maple flavor. You could certainly use vanilla extract, but it wouldn’t be as strong.

  12. Anonymoussays:

    Nooooooooo! Never use maple extract mixed with real maple syrup! it will impart that fake maple flavor (yuck!). Ask anyone who grew up with real maple syrup (i did) and they will tell you that maple flavor is sweet and subtle. Using Grade B or Amber will yield a stronger flavor if desired (for fresh eating, grade A is more delicate and has no hint of bitterness that is sometimes present in grade B). By all means, stay away from the fake maple flavor! (where i come from – in Quebec- fake maple flavor is referred to as “telephone post syrup” ;-)

    • Anonymoussays:

      haaahhahahaha Agree here……do NOT put maple extract…… ! No one want’s Telephone pole syrup in there ice cream!!! I am in southern California…I started a Food swap here for people that’s still do canning and love to make homemade stuff. I miss home so much ( VICTORIAVILLE, QUEBEC) that this month , I am making maple ice cream for the swap so I can honor “le temps des sucres” . thank’s for sharing you’re output and honor the Real maple syrup :) hahahha -Isabelle Baril-Ortley

  13. Found this on Pinterest. Looks awesome. Happy fall. I love M anything maple flavored in the fall. This would be good with walnuts too :)

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