Salted Caramel Ice Cream – The creamiest ice cream you will ever have! Made with homemade caramel, this custard-based ice cream is super decadent and rich and worth every single calorie.
I started this blog again to tap into my passion for food and it’s taken me on an incredible journey. I’ve challenged myself with new recipes (this one being the most challenging, by far!), embraced new flavors (this one being the most surprising), and learned how to time-manage like a BOSS. It’s not easy feat to bring y’all these recipes each week AND balance my day job. But I love it (and I love you all!) so it’s completely worth it.
And on that same note, I want to make sure I thank my husband. With all my extra time spent on running this blog, he’s helped manage the rest of our lives (including the laundry! what a saint!) and has never complained when I had to spend a weekend here and there cooking, shooting, and editing. Nor has he complained about being my number-one taste-tester and sacrificing his body for my treats. I could not have kept this blog up without you, love!
Okay, now on to the recipe!
It only feels fitting to share the recipe that jump-started my passion for cooking and baking again, and, eventually, this blog. It’s another salted caramel recipe, so please forgive me for posting two in one week. And also forgive me for the one I post next week. I’m on a caramel kick and cannot be stopped!
Say hello to the creamiest ice cream you will EVER have. I’m serious…if I took it out of the freezer right this second, I could still easily make a thumbprint into the ice cream. It is reeeeally soft.
Take a look at this Salted Caramel Ice Cream!
I was in a rut for the last couple years – slammed with work and never making time to cook anything meaningful. But then we moved into a new home with my perfect kitchen and it inspired me to get back to it.
One thing that I wanted to work on was my ice cream-making skills. I tried making ice cream when I was younger, but it turned into an icy mess that was NOT worth all the effort. I abandoned the thought of ever making my own ice cream again. Why bother when Ben & Jerry’s is basically tapping into my wildest ice cream dreams and creating some of the best combinations of flavors that I’ve ever had?
But with a new ice cream machine that we received as a wedding gift, I thought “Hey, what do I have to lose? Let’s give this another shot!”
One of my coworkers was raving about the David Lebovitz Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe so I decided to give that one a try. There were more than a few steps but they all seemed extremely doable, which made the process much less intimidating.
The ice cream turned out incredibly well. So super creamy, like gelato, with flavor that was unimaginable. This is what I get when I mix burnt sugar, cream, and butter. I was speechless. I couldn’t believe it was something I made!
And it was super easy to follow the steps. If you can read instructions and stir things, you can handle this recipe, without a doubt.
Once again, here is a recipe that requires an ice cream machine. But as I said in this sorbet post, I’ve gotten so many uses from this ice cream machine. And it’s the easiest and best way to get the creamiest ice cream that you can imagine. Maybe one day I’ll try out a no-churn recipe, but for now, this is all I know, people.
If this is the first time you’re making (1) caramel and/or (2) ice cream, here are a little tips to help you through this new process;
- Caramel can quickly go from liquid gold to a burnt mess. So keep stirring constantly throughout the process and remove from heat immediately after it gets to an amber brown color.
- Make sure that you’ve read the instructions for your ice cream machine before beginning the process. My machine requires me to freeze the bowl for 8 hours before use so I’d hate for you to go through the whole process and then have to wait overnight because you missed a crucial step.
- This ice cream is actually a custard because it’s made with cream AND egg yolks. The eggs yolks need to be cooked to thicken them up. Because the mixture is warmed up, we need to quickly cool it down to (1) keep it from cooking and getting too thick and (2) to get the chilling process started. We cannot add a warm mixture to the ice cream machine or it will never freeze. This is the reason behind the funny setup in Step 1 of the recipe.
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Salted Caramel Ice Cream
- 2 cups whole milk divided
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter salted, cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (if using table salt, use about 1/4 teaspoon)
- 5 large egg yolks
- First, we need to prep the setup for the ice cream. Add about 2 cups of ice to a large bowl so that it is filled 1/3 with ice. Add about 1 cup of water, or until the ice cubes are floating. Place a medium bowl on top of ice water. Add 1 cup of milk and vanilla to the inner bowl and place a mesh strainer on top of inner bowl. Place to the side until Step 7.
- Place heavy cream into a small saucepan and heat until scolded (you'll see little bubbles begin to form on the edges). Remove from heat and set aside until Step 4.
- Add all of the sugar to a large saucepan and turn heat to medium. Begin stirring sugar constantly as it heats. It should start melting around 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. Keep stirring. The sugar will begin to darken a little and clump but then it will melt again into a smooth, amber brown liquid. Immediately remove from heat so it doesn't burn.
- Add butter and salt to sugar and whisk together until butter melts and combines with sugar. Gradually whisk in the cream, about 1/4 cup at a time. The caramel may begin to seize (aka turn hard again). If that's the case, place back on low heat and stir until it melts back into the mixture or the clumps get small enough not to matter. Don't worry - they'll get strained out later.
- Remove mixture from heat. Stir in other 1 cup of milk. In a separate bowl with the yolks, whisk them together. Add a little (about 1/4 cup) of the caramel-milk mixture to the yolks and whisk together. Add a little more, and whisk together. Yolks should be tempered now and won't scramble when heated. Add them back to the rest of the caramel-milk mixture and stir together.
- Place mixture back on medium heat so we can thicken the mixture a little. Constantly stir and scrape the bottom. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is between 160-170 degrees. The mixture should slightly coat the back of a spoon but not be as thick as pudding. It should only be slightly heavier than cream.
- Pour the mixture through the mesh strainer and into the inner bowl of the setup in Step 1. Stir mixture with the milk and vanilla until it has cooled down. Once room temperature (or cooler), place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of mixture (to prevent film from forming) and place into the fridge to chill. Should take about 3-4 hours. At this time, freeze a glass or metal container that we'll store the ice cream in later.
- Once chilled, it is time to make the ice cream. Make ice cream according to machine instructions. Once frozen, you can enjoy ice cream immediately but it might be too soft. Place in frozen container and cover with plastic wrap. Let it freeze until more solid, about 4 hours.