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    Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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    Salted Caramel Ice Cream

    The simple sweetness of caramel and the plain richness of cream are transformed into into a smart, distinctly grown-up pleasure. The magic ingredient? A slight tingle of salt. Sophisticates, have your spoons at the ready.

    • Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus chilling and freezing
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes
    • Total time: 40 to 45 minutes, plus chilling and freezing 45 minutes

    Serves: 6


    • Caramel
    • 120g unsalted butter
    • 130g golden caster sugar
    • 3/4 tsp sea salt
    • 90ml double cream
    • Custard
    • 580ml milk
    • 7 medium egg yolks
    • 30g golden caster sugar
    • Almond thins, to serve


    1. Start the caramel
      Put the butter, sugar, salt and 2 tbsp water in a medium saucepan and simmer over a medium to low heat for 8–10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture changes colour from pale straw to golden, and appears condensed.
    2. Finish and cool
      Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream; it will splutter. Pour the caramel into a large bowl, cover and leave to cool for 30 minutes.
    3. Make the custard
      Bring the milk to the boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl, then whisk in the hot milk. The mixture should thicken slightly into a thin pouring custard.
    4. Strain and chill the mixture
      Sieve the custard onto the caramel and whisk to blend the two together. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to cool: chilling the mixture before freezing it takes some of the strain off the ice-cream machine.
    5. Churn the ice cream
      Freeze the mixture according to the instructions for your ice-cream maker, then transfer it to a plastic container, seal and freeze. If the mixture has frozen solid, take it out of the freezer 20 minutes before serving to allow it to soften. Serve in scoops with some dessert biscuits.

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    Drinks recommendation

    This ice cream is best enjoyed in luxurious isolation, but follow it with a black coffee of palate-cleansing strength such as a Java blend, grown in the rich volcanic soils of Indonesia.


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