I bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker a while back for $20 at Marshalls (one of my favorite stores) - something I simply could not pass up! Honestly, I was not confident when I placed it in my cart that I would use it too often. However, I have to say I'm glad I proved myself wrong! I use it to make fro yo/ice cream/gelato/margaritas once or twice a month. Definitely a good investment! I love this brand, and my boyfriend's only complaint is that it is a little noisy.... but after he shuts his office door he is happy to come out again once the treats are ready!
Let my just preface this recipe by saying that I am not an expert on making ice cream at all. I have only made a couple flavors. My previous fav was vanilla bean- I will post that recipe sometime as well. I was looking for a recipe to change it up a bit but still wanted to use a vanilla bean (since I just got a bunch in bulk from eBay) and came across this caramel version. OK... so I googled "Caramel Ice Cream Recipes." I should save you the trouble and say this recipe isn't great, but some people who do not like super sweet things may like it better.. Anyway on to the recipe.
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 8 large egg yolks
Boyfriend's comments (I should warn you that he is a harsh critic):
"Is this COFFEE flavored? I DON'T like this. ..... If I got this at a restaurant I would send it back. " After thinking for a few moments he said, "Well maybe other people would like it..." HA I knew this would not be sweet enough for him. I also made him try it before it had completely frozen because I couldn't wait to post my first blog entry, so that could also have had an effect.... haha
This was a bit of a disappointing treat to top off a great day spent with bf's brother and sister in law, who were in town for the weekend. There was no shortage of food as we started off the day with a delicious brunch on South Congress, went for a dip in chilly Barton Springs and enjoyed a margarita (or two) overlooking Lake Austin. Hoping they are able to come back soon so we have an excuse to try out the duck tour! :)
Have a great weekend!