Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream with a pinch of salt
just like a salted caramel
I have always loved the salty sweet combination of dark chocolate pretzels and salted caramel. So, while Meme watched French Kiss (one of my favorite films) I made a sweet and savory ice cream ... Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream sprinkled with sea salt. The ice cream tasted like the perfect salted caramel. Watching Marc's dad and Meme scrape their bowls clean made me so HAPPY. This week has been filled with recipes, family stories, lessons in the kitchen, adventures, sight seeing, and birthday celebrations that made turning 28 ... extraordinary. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!! And, what is your recipe for a perfect weekend?
Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream
sprinkled with a pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp of salt
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3oz of chopped semisweet chocolate
Caramel sauce (fleur de sel from Trader Joes is what I used)
1/2 cup half and half (chilled)
1 cup heavy whipping cream (chilled)
1 tsp of vanilla
In a medium pot, simmer your sugar, the first cup of heavy cream, salt, and cocoa powder (do not let this mixture boil)
Once simmering, remove from the stove and add half of the mixture into your egg yolks. You will need to make sure the bowl you use for egg yolks is large enough for your cream mixture. Make sure to whisk the entire time while adding your cream mixture. Add the remaining cream mixture and whisk.
Pour mixture into your medium sized pot and place on the stove watching closely and whisking until the mixture thickens. The mixture will turn into what I think looks and tastes like chocolate pudding. Don't worry, this makes for an incredibly smooth ice cream.
Once the mixture is thick enough (can coat the back of a wooden spoon) place mixture in a glass bowl and make a water bath. Let the mixture sit for a half hour.
Next, remove from water bath and place the mixture in the fridge for an hour or until cool.
When the mixture is cool, add the vanilla, heavy cream, and half and half. Stir until completely mixed.
Add to your ice cream maker for about 45-60 minutes. When your ice cream is thick enough add your caramel. Turn off ice cream maker and place ice cream in the freezer until serving.
Drizzle a pinch or two of sea salt or kosher salt over the ice cream when serving.