Salted Caramel Ice Cream is my absolute FAVORITE ice cream and this recipe is completely drool worthy. It is made with butter, sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, salt, and milk, and way better than any store-bought caramel ice cream!
We all have food experiences in our life that we will never, ever forget. When I lived in Seattle, I had quite a few of those. From fried fish sandwiches from a dive restaurant on Pike Street, an amazing meal with my bestie where we literally licked the plate clean, to Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Molly Moon’s. I always thought I would have to travel back to Seattle to ever eat salted caramel ice cream like that again, but as it turns out – I can actually make it at home! And this isn’t just salted caramel ice cream that is kind of like Molly Moon’s. This recipe turned out EXACTLY like the stuff I had in Seattle!
The ingredients in this Caramel Ice Cream are pretty simple, but they come together to create one epic ice cream!
The process of making salted caramel ice cream are not difficult, but it is a little bit of a process. First, make the caramel. Melt 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, first stirring with a fork, until it starts to melt. Once it begins to melt, simply swirl the pan so the sugar can continue to cook evenly. Cook until it turns an amber color.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the heavy cream. It will bubble up but that’s okay! Just keep stirring it until it becomes caramel-like. Remove from the heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the remaining sugar, cream, vanilla, salt, and milk in a saucepan and bring to a light boil. Temper the whisked eggs with 1 cup of this mixture and then add it back to the pan, cooking until it thickens and is 170 degrees F. Add this mixture to the caramel and stir to combine.
Next pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to get out any of the chunks, and then transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
After 3 hours, add the ice cream mixture to an ice cream maker and let it run for 10-15 minutes. It will be like soft serve at this point. You can eat it immediately or place in a container to freeze completely.