Salted caramel ice cream is a sweet and salty treat that’s easy to make. It’s perfect with other desserts, dipped in chocolate, or served with apple pieces. To create this delicious treat, you need just four ingredients. However, you’ll want to take your time. Keep reading to learn more about the steps for making this classic ice cream.
First, you’ll need to start by making your caramel. Caramel is made by melting sugar on a low heat until it turns a dark amber color. Stirring the mixture periodically will help the sugar dissolve. If you prefer, you can add a pinch of kosher salt to give it a bit of extra flavor.
Once the caramel has melted, remove it from the stove and place it in an air tight container. Let it cool to room temperature. Then you’ll need to mix it with your heavy cream and ice cream base. You’ll also need to swirl it into the ice cream.
Next, you’ll need to add a bit of bourbon to the ice cream. The bourbon will help the ice cream keep its creamy texture. Alternatively, you can use vodka. After you’ve mixed the cream and caramel, you can add some xanthan gum, if you like, to reduce the chances of ice crystals.
After adding the heavy cream, you’ll need to stir continuously to make sure the mixture isn’t burnt. The ice cream will start turning thick. Continue to stir until you get the desired texture. This will likely take five minutes.
Finally, you’ll need to incorporate the egg yolks. These will stabilize the ice cream. Using an ice cream maker is recommended, but if you don’t have one, you can make a batch of ice cream without a machine. Just be careful to follow the directions on your ice cream maker. Some makers require you to freeze the bowl in advance.
While you’re waiting for the ice cream to chill, you can mix the salted caramel sauce with the ice cream. This is a great recipe to make for the holidays. It’s especially good served in waffle cones. A sprinkle of roasted salted almonds will complete the look. Alternatively, you can drizzle the remaining sauce over the top of the ice cream.
The ice cream itself is creamy and has a good mix of sweet and salty flavors. To make a better tasting ice cream, you can replace half of the milk with half and half. Be careful when doing this though, as half and half will not be as creamy.
You can also try this salted caramel ice cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce. For best results, you’ll need to chill the ice cream for at least two hours. Another option is to freeze it overnight. But you should keep the ice cream in the freezer for a couple of days before serving. That way, you can enjoy this delicious recipe all year round.
Whether you’re on a diet or just enjoy a sweet treat, this salted caramel ice cream is a winner. It’s not only tasty, it’s also gluten-free.