Consider this the Ice Cream of the Month for JUNE! And forgive me for the lack of photos of my own ice cream, I will instead spam this recipe with photos of the inspiration of this ice cream. Enter, Village Ice Cream. My favourite local ice cream establishment.
The Salted Caramel ice cream at Village is famous, almost everybody knows about it, and I would like to assume that nearly everybody says it's their favourite flavour on the menu! It is definitely mine at least... All of their flavours are kind of mind blowingly delicious, however there is just something about that salty-caramel that I can just not ignore, ever. It's ridiculously rich, creamy and sweet, with just enough salty tang to make you want more more more! I always think about trying a different flavour, but after a few samples, I head straight back to Salted Caramel. If I have to pay $5 for only one flavour, it better be the best.
After learning how to make ice cream at home and having some decent results, the thought suddenly occurred to me that I could try to replicate this winning flavour AT HOME and have a (almost) never ending supply! Then I would be doing life right. This recipe that I found from none other than Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (of course) is pretty darn close. It absolutely fills the gaps for when I can't get down to Village to treat myself. Also, it means I can do whatever I want with it, such as turn it into ice cream pie, and sandwich it between slices of banana bread, and eat it straight out of the bin from the freezer in my pyjamas late at night. Let the record show that I have done all three of these things, with outrageous success.
My mother and I, post bike ride, enjoying our scoops of creamy ethereal goodness. Let the Salty-Sweet combo reign queen of the flavour world FOREVER!
Salty-Caramel Ice Cream
Recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream
Many recipes will instruct you to add water to the sugar before putting it on the heat, but here we skip the water. This method means that the sugar will caramelize more quickly and speed up the whole process, however it also burns much more easily. You must keep a careful eye on the sugar and be ready with your cream. The sugar can go from white to BURNT in a second. But do not fear! As long as you are careful and pay attention, you can totally do this! And you will feel like a wizard when you do.