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Caramel Ice Cream

Fresh ginger adds spice to this velvety ice cream.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 quarts

Photography: Minh + Wass

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2000

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 two-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 large egg yolks

Directions

  1. Combine 1 cup sugar, ginger, and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan; place over medium heat. Cook, occasionally brushing sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystallization, until sugar becomes dark amber, 15 to 20 minutes. Slowly add cream and milk, stirring with a whisk.

  2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Place egg yolks in another large bowl; whisk with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until frothy. Bring milk mixture to a boil; very slowly add to egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; place over low heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon, but not yet boiling. Pour mixture into a bowl set over the ice bath; cool completely. Chill overnight.

  3. Pass mixture through a strainer; discard the solids. Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to an airtight container; freeze until set, at least 2 hours or overnight.

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