Mmmmm . . . Caramel Ice Cream

Salted Butter Caramel Ice CreamI know there is already a lot of buzz on the web about this one, but I couldn’t stay silent.  David Lebovitz’s fantastic blog features a recipe for what is quite possibly the best ice cream ever.  It is Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream and I absolutely love it.  I just tasted my first batch (it is just finishing churning) and the only thing I think I’ll do differently next time is scale back on the salt in the praline just a bit.  I have a sneaking suspicion that my sea salt is a bit finer than David’s, making my 3/4 teaspoon much saltier than his. 

Beyond being simply fabulous ice cream, the great thing about this recipe is that it is an easy primer in some basics of candy/dessert making.  David has you caramelize sugar to make the praline and then go back and do it all over again to make a caramel that is then blended with milk, cream, and egg yolks to make your frozen custard base.  I’m telling you, this recipe alone is reason enough to get an ice cream maker if you don’t already have one.