Saturday, September 18, 2010

Caramel Ice Cream

I have made many things since I first thought of creating this blog, however this ice cream is the first thing I've actually taken a picture of recently, and today is the day I finally pulled it all together and made my blog come to life! :)

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
  • Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape seeds into large saucepan; add bean.
  • Add sugar and 1/4 cup water and stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup turns deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush and swirling pan, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Add cream (mixture will bubble vigorously and caramel will initially harden- don't worry, it will dissolve in next step!)
  • Stir over low heat until any caramel bits dissolve, about 4 minutes.
  • Add milk; bring to simmer. Whisk yolks in large bowl to blend.
  • Gradually whisk caramel mixture into yolks.
  • Return custard to saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until custard thickens and leaves path on spoon when finger is drawn across, about 5 minutes (do not boil).
  • Strain custard into large bowl; refrigerate until cold.

  • Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (I did 30 minutes).
  • Transfer ice cream to covered container and freeze until firm.
To be honest, this was not as good/sweet as traditional caramel ice cream and mine had a little bit of a burnt caramel taste (almost bitter), to which other reviewers of this recipe called "sophisticated." hmm To combat this, I served with fresh whipped cream and homemade chocolate syrup that I had leftover from this chocolate Sybil cake I made last week. It's not like I didn't eat it, but I think I might look for another ice cream recipe next time.

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!



  1. I will follow your recipes with great interest I absolutely love the blog name It is great you all got together yesterday!!The very harsh b/fs mother !!

  2. Now I know not to suggest Ina Garten's Raisin Pecan cookie recipe. :)

    How do you feel about muffins?

  3. Well now, let's see... my favourite ice cream is rum and raisin, but also like various flavours with coconut. Also like caramel, double chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough.... in fact I can't think of any ice cream I don't like.....mmmm

  4. Helena- thanks!! We had a great time!

    Heidi- I LOVE muffins! Please send your recipes may way and I will try them out!

    Rob- Oh coconut sounds great! Cookie dough is definitely on my list of recipes to try! :)

    Thanks guys for posting my first comments!

  5. Hello! Welcome to the Blogosphere! Love your posts...and how honest your bf is. I, too, am not a raisin lover...join the club!

    If you truly want a yummy caramel ice cream, you should check out David Lebovitz. I made his Salted Caramel Ice Cream....divine!

  6. Thanks for the comment and recipe Frieda! I can't wait to try it. I actually ended up tossing this ice cream last night since no one was eating it. haha

    Also I love your blog! :)



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