sweet + salty...

Posted on | 12 May 2010 | 3 Comments

it's no secret that the latest dessert craze is topping just about everything with sea salt. it's truly foolproof; on chocolate, on caramel - that sweet + savory combination always tastes great. spotted this recipe for salted caramel ice cream that i'd love to try to make in one of these summery-hued ice cream makers.


1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
2 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt such as Maldon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
3 large eggs


Heat 1 cup sugar in a dry 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring with a fork to heat sugar evenly, until it starts to melt, then stop stirring and cook, swirling skillet occasionally so sugar melts evenly, until it is dark amber.

Add 1 1/4 cups cream (mixture will spatter) and cook, stirring, until all of caramel has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sea salt and vanilla. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, bring milk, remaining cup cream, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar just to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Lightly whisk eggs in a medium bowl, then add half of hot milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour back into saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard coats back of spoon and registers 170°F on an instant-read thermometer (do not let boil). Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, then stir in cooled caramel.

Chill custard, stirring occasionally, until very cold, 3 to 6 hours. Freeze custard in ice cream maker (it will still be quite soft), then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to firm up.


3 Responses to “sweet + salty...”

  1. jensen taylor
    5/12/10, 6:21 PM

    There is a fantastic ice cream place by me that has sea salt caramel ice cream. Let me just say, it's delicious!

  2. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime
    5/13/10, 10:27 AM

    This sounds beyond delish.. I wish I was skilled enough in the kitchen to make!

  3. {lovely little things}
    5/14/10, 5:09 PM

    My favorite salty-sweet treat is Fran's salted caramels...so good!