Salted Caramel Ice Cream With Salted Caramel Shards

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I have recently worked on a super fun article for Whisk Magazine which was published last week, on Wednesday, June 20. I love my editor at Whisk, she is super creative and is an incredible editor. Today I am sharing with you the Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Shards. Throughout this three part series, I will share in each post different tips and ice cream recipes I shared with the Whisk readers.
Have Your Equipment Ready
Having the right equipment handy will make your life easier: An ice cream maker, a medium to large sieve, 2 measuring cups, a wooden spoon or a heat resistant rubber spatula, a small hand held whisk, a sturdy bottom medium non reactive sauce pan (for salted caramel ice cream you need two), heat resistant bowls, a storing container for frozen or churned ice cream, an ice cream scooper, a ladle to scoop warm milk into egg yolk mixture for tempering, just to name some basics. Other additional equipment might be needed based on the recipe.

Making an Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker
If you don’t own an ice cream maker, after the ice cream base has been chilled and strained, freeze it for an hour. After an hour, process it in a food processor. Freeze the ice cream for the second time for an hour and process in the food processor immediately thereafter. Freeze the ice cream for an hour for the third time and process in the food processor for the third time. Before freezing it, incorporate fruit swirl or chocolate chips or any other add-on that the recipe calls for, mix or swirl gently and freeze for the final time for few hours before serving. Let thaw for 5-10 minutes on counter before serving if frozen overnight or longer. This process mimics the incorporation of air into the ice cream base.  It also results in a creamy and delicious ice cream without the ice cream maker.

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1 ½ cups whole milk
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
5 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon kosher or Cyprus flake salt

Add ½ cup sugar (for caramel) to a medium non reactive sauce pan with a heavy bottom. Turn stove to low/medium and let sugar start dissolving without stirring the sugar. 

At the same time, add 1 ½ cups whipping cream to another medium non reactive pan with a heavy bottom. Turn heat on low/medium and let the whipping cream warm up until small bubbles appear at the edges of the sauce pan. Do not bring it to a bubbling or boiling point.

When sugar at the edges of sauce pan starts to melt, hold pan with the handle and swirl. Put back on stove and swirl occasionally. As the sugar starts caramelizing, swirl again until all the sugar is dissolved and it caramelizes evenly. If needed, dip a brush in cold water to scrape off sugar from pan’s sides. Let dissolved sugar come to a light or deep amber color, based on your preference and take it off the heat. The entire caramelization process takes approximately 8-10 minutes. Do not get tempted to mix or stir, the only action needed is swirling while holding the pan with the handle.

Immediately after taking the caramel off the heat, add the warm whipping cream to it. You might wish to wear kitchen mitts as the mixture will bubble and might splatter a bit. Use caution.

We heat up the whipping cream instead of using cold whipping cream to make sure the caramel won’t turn into hard candy. If you still find that a few pieces of the caramel turned into candy, put the pan back on low/medium heat and let the hard candy melt while stirring with a wooden spoon or a heat resistant rubber spatula.

Add the milk to the caramel and whipping cream and warm up on low/medium heat until small bubbles appear around the edges of the sauce pan.

In a heat resistant bowl whisk in the egg yolks with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.

In few increments, add about ½ a cup of the warm caramelized liquid into the yolk mixture while constantly whisking.  Whisking the warm milk into egg yolks makes sure the yolks won’t curdle.  This process is called tempering.

Add the tempered egg yolks into the caramelized liquid pan and whisk constantly on low medium heat for about 8-10 minutes.  Take off the heat, stir in the salt and let cool. Refrigerate for a few hours until chilled or overnight.

Strain chilled ice cream base through a sieve and churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. If you do not own an ice cream maker, look at the instructions at the end of the article for alternate directions.

Soft serve as is or freeze a minimum of four hours. If ice cream is frozen overnight or for a few days, allow it to thaw on counter for 10 minutes before scooping. Dip ice cream scooper in cold or lukewarm water before scooping.

Serve with Salted Caramel Shards (below) as a garnish.

Salted Caramel Shards

1 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
Couple pinches of kosher or Cyprus flake salt

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium non reactive sauce pan with a heavy bottom add a cup of sugar and 1/8 cup of water. Put pan on low/medium heat, but do not mix the sugar and water. Let it melt while occasionally swirling the pan while holding it with the pot’s handle.

If sugar crystals stuck to the pan’s sides, scrape them off with a brush dipped in cold water.

The sugar will bubble and it will seem it’s not caramelizing but be patient. When adding moisture like water to sugar, it will take longer to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes.

Keep swirling occasionally until a light caramel color is achieved. Pour immediately onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet, tilt cookie sheet from one edge while caramel is still hot so caramel spreads into a thin layer, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely before breaking into irregular shapes and pieces as a garnish for salted caramel ice cream.

The Salted Caramel Shards can be made a couple days ahead. Store in an air tight container, lay flat on parchment paper, while each layer is lined with parchment paper. Store salted Caramel Shards in a cool place on the counter in an air tight container.