Thursday, August 12, 2010

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Let me share a true conversation between The Boy & The Nephew (soon to be 8 years old).

“Did it hurt when you got that tattoo?”



“Because they use a needle to put the ink in your arm.”

“Oh.  Why would you do that when you can just go to the store & buy one from the machine, and peel it off, and take a rag and get it wet, and put it on your arm?  And then just not take a bath.”

Hahahaha… Oh the mind of a 7-almost-8 year old.  You know I guess a stick-on tattoo might sound less painful than a real tattoo.  But it won’t be personal & meaningful, the way The Boy has his late mother’s name tattooed on him.  And it won’t make a lasting impression if it only lasts until the next bath.

I guess just going to the grocery and purchasing some ice cream would be easier & less time-intensive than making your own.  After all, first you make the caramel, then you let it cool to room temperature.  Then you make the custard, and let it cool more than a few hours in the refrigerator, usually overnight.  Then you churn the ice cream.  And then, you let it firm up in the freezer for at least a few hours before you can eat it.  But if all you did was pick some up from the grocery, I guarantee it won’t have the same incredibly rich, smooth, sweet, and salty flavor that this one has.  Plus, when you make your own, you can adapt it to your very own tastes.  If you want more salt (yes please!) do it; if you wanted to add bits of candy in the churning process, do it; a ripple of fudge, do it.  No matter how you design your ice cream, it will definitely make you glad you made it yourself.  In the same way one might prefer the customization & permance of a real tattoo vs a stick-on!


Salted Caramel Ice Cream

from Gourmet


1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt such as Maldon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
3 large eggs


Heat 1 cup sugar in a dry 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring with a fork to heat sugar evenly, until it starts to melt, then stop stirring and cook, swirling skillet occasionally so sugar melts evenly, until it is dark amber.

Add 1 1/4 cups cream (mixture will spatter) and cook, stirring, until all of caramel has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sea salt and vanilla. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, bring milk, remaining cup cream, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar just to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Lightly whisk eggs in a medium bowl, then add half of hot milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour back into saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard coats back of spoon and registers 170°F on an instant-read thermometer (do not let boil). Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, then stir in cooled caramel.

Chill custard, stirring occasionally, until very cold, 3 to 6 hours. Freeze custard in ice cream maker (it will still be quite soft), then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to firm up.

Ice cream keeps 1 week.

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14 Responses to “Salted Caramel Ice Cream”

  1. 1
    federica — August 12, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    mmmmmmmmmmm..che delizia!!complimenti!!

  2. 2
    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries — August 12, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    Shut up. This looks like something I want to bathe in. Seriously.

  3. 3
    Liesl — August 12, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    ohhh…I wish you would have brought me a spoonfull or five or six or seven or eight or nine or ten…lol you get the idea!! ;o)

  4. 4
    ingrid — August 12, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    I wanna tattoo but at the same I don’t, ya know, so may I may go with The Nephew’s point of view.

    I’ve made caramel ice cream before but not a salted one. Need to remedy that fast!

  5. 5
    Vivek — August 12, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    This looks amazing! What kind of ice cream maker do you use?

  6. 6
    Robyn — August 12, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

    I’ve stumbled it. 🙂


  7. 7
    Elizabeth — August 12, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    I was just talking about tattoos on my blog too, weird. I want another one…like a food related one, or maybe a camera. I can’t takes forever to make up your mind, such a permanent thing you know?

    On the other hand beautiful ice cream! I made David Leibovitz’s version last summer and it was divine! Totally worth the effort in my opinion…

  8. 8
    Maris — August 12, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    Your blog is killing me lately This looks amazing!

  9. 9
    Christine — August 12, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    This looks so good – definitely going to have to make this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 10
    Erin @ One Particular Kitchen — August 13, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    more salt? yes please! oh you are speakin’ my language with this ice cream.

  11. 11
    Megan @ Caramel & Chili — August 16, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

    I made something similar with a recipe from, and my friends have repeatedly called it “the best ice cream ever.” It is so good. And your photo is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12

    Salt and caramel; I’m swooning. I’ll definitely be making this soon. Thanks for posting the recipe and the gorgeous photo.

  13. 13
    Paula — September 5, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    I love caramel ice cream!

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