Salted caramel ice cream has been a “flavor of the moment” for a very long moment now. It reminds me a little of the cupcake craze that started at the Magnolia Bakery in New York almost 12 years ago, and is still working its way around the country and the world as the next big thing.
No matter, because salted caramel deserves it’s reputation. It has introduced a lot a people to the joys of savory ingredients in ice cream and is one of the those flavors that people tend to get super serious cravings for. With that in mind I think that Molly Wizenberg’s recipe on Orangette will satisfy the most intense cravings of the biggest fans of this flavor. With 11 egg yolks, a proportion of half cream to half milk, and a corn syrup based, dark caramel, this is one very smooth, rich and tasty caramel sensation.
Molly expresses a concern that the cooking method described will not necessarily bring the eggs to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the temperature needed to kill any Salmonella bacteria if present. Should this stop you from making this recipe, only you can decide. By the way, to put this into perspective, being a stickler about this, means you would never eat another sunny-side up (soft yolk) egg again.
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As I have pitched this recipe as a craving satisfier, you may find yourself to be to impatient to cool the mixture down over night. If that is the case you can check out various pre-chilling alternatives here.
Caramel, salt / 1 quart
Mix Prep Time: 40 min
Freeze Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hours 10 min
You see a lot more ice cream these days with a savory flavor component, especially salt. My dad’s favorite ice cream flavor was maple walnut and this variation with pecans is one that I am looking forward to trying. It combines maple syrup and one of our favorite bases by Jeni Britton Bauer, of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus Ohio, with salty pecans. Yikes! Though I think I’m going to try a variation with an egg custard base and probably fold in the pecans while freezing. As you can see in the image the Putney family serves them on top. Also if you can, try and find grade B or C maple syrup to use. They are much more intensely maple flavored.
Maple Syrup, Pecans / 1 quart
Mix Prep Time: 40 min
Mix Pre-Chill Time: 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on method.
Freeze Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hour 30 min