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Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Sweet and salty coalesce in this easy ice cream recipe from "Martha" in-house chef Thomas Joseph.

  • Yield: Makes 1 quart
Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2010

Ingredients

For the Ice Cream Base

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeded
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 large egg yolks

For the Salted Caramel

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

For the Caramel Crunch

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For Serving

  • Maldon sea salt

Directions

  1. Make the ice cream base: In a large saucepan, mix together cream, milk, vanilla bean, and seeds over medium-high heat until small bubbles form. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and egg yolks. Slowly whisk one-third of the hot cream mixture into egg mixture. Transfer egg mixture to saucepan with remaining cream mixture and continue to cook, whisking, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl; set aside while you make the caramel.

  2. Make the salted caramel: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 3 tablespoons water; mixture should look like wet sand. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until sugar is dark amber in color. Remove from heat and immediately add cream and salt; let cool slightly.

  3. Add salted caramel to ice cream base; whisk to combine. Cover mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, 2 to 3 hours and up to overnight. Freeze ice cream in an ice cream or gelato maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

  4. Make the caramel crunch: Line a rimmed baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 3 tablespoons water; mixture should look like wet sand. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until sugar is dark amber in color. Immediately pour caramel onto prepared baking sheet; let cool completely.

  5. Crack cooled caramel into large pieces and place in a resealable plastic bag. Crush into tiny pieces using a rolling pin; you should have a scant cup of caramel crunch. When ice cream is almost finished freezing, add 1/2 cup caramel crunch. Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart loaf pan or container and freeze until set, at least 2 to 3 hours and up to overnight. Serve sprinkled with sea salt and remaining caramel crunch.

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