White Chocolate Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

June 22, 2011

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Yesterday was the first day of summer. Three more days of school and for my kids, summer officially starts.  Beach camp, sleep away camp, art camp, baseball camp, days at all the Los Angeles museums, road trips, days spent in our p.j.’s, and lots and lots of long bike rides.

I love not being on a schedule.  All four of us need these 78 days and they couldn’t have come soon enough.  From September to the end of June, life is hectic, riddled with schedules, and not so flexible.  Summer is the antithesis of this and summer is what we long for.

Using pantry staples, left over egg yolks and jar of homemade caramel sauce, Eli and I stirred and churned and came up with an ice cream inspired by David Lebovitz.  Using his basic white chocolate ice cream recipe, we swirled in the caramel sauce and added some candied pecans. Super rich but super good!

White Chocolate-Caramel Swirl Ice Cream
adapted from The Perfect Scoop
yield: 1 quart

2/3 cup (130 g) sugar
1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
2 cups heavy cream (500 ml, total)
8 ounces (230 g) white chocolate, finely chopped
5 large egg yolks

• add the sugar, the milk and 1 cup of heavy cream to the saucepan and warm the mixture.
• put the chopped white chocolate in a large bowl.
• in a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, then gradually add some of the warm cream mixture, whisking constantly as you pour in the warm cream. pour the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
• cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spatula. strain the custard over the white chocolate, and stir completely. add the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream. place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and refrigerate. once chilled, pour into your ice cream maker, and churn for about 30 minutes.
• pour mixture into a container with a tight fitting lid and freeze for 6 hours before indulging!

More Ice Cream Treats:
Peanut Butter Ice Cream – Recipe Girl
Lime Ice Cream – Two Peas and their Pod
Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream – The Urban Baker
Chocolate Gelato – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Burnt Sugar Ice Cream – The Food Librarian
Coconut Almond Ice Cream – Bake at 350

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim June 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

This ice cream is so appealing! I would definitly have a spooful of it! Caramel and white chocolate, Oh my god!


2 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 23, 2011 at 4:37 am

This flavor sounds sooooo good and lovely photo too!


3 Marla {family fresh cooking} June 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

What better than creamy ice cream on a super hot summer day. Looks wonderful Susan 🙂


4 Amanda June 23, 2011 at 7:08 am

Quite possibly my new favoritest ice cream flavor of all time. Genius!


5 Lucy Lean June 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

I love this about summer too – although both kids begged to go to art camp everyday! So much for staying home with me for a relaxing time! Means lunchboxes everyday too – yawn!!!


6 Susan June 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

Lucy – lunch boxes are my nemesis!


7 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

Summer break is so special! Great recipe too. If I liked white chocolate, I would be all over this!


8 Molly Chester June 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

This ice cream is so pretty looking! It kinda looks even fancy…


9 Georgia Pellegrini June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

This is wonderful, I had a great ice cream from David recently that was spicy chocolate and was so addictive. I’m looking forward to trying your recipe here!


10 Maria June 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

It is hot here today. I could sure use a scoop of this ice cream:)


11 Lesli June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Hi Susan,
Are you pretty happy with the ice cream maker you have? I noticed you linked through to it on the recipe…..planning on buying one this summer, but have had some bad experience with making ice cream using an old machine….always ended up way too soft and runny:(


12 Susan June 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Lesli – I love this ice cream maker. It’s affordable, reliable and never disappoints. I think this is a great at-home ice cream maker!


13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

So glad you chose to make a white chocolate ice cream. I think that white chocolate gets overlooked in favor of the more popular milk and dark chocolate sometimes, but it’s delicious too.


14 Carolyn June 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

I can’t believe I haven’t stopped by your blog in ages. I don’t know why, when there are recipes like this to drool over! We are just entering our summer vacay, but my husband is away for a few days and I am juggling the three kids…not relaxing at all. I could use some of the ice cream to cheer me up.


15 David June 26, 2011 at 7:14 am

…glad you liked it! : )


16 Nancy@acommunaltable June 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Finally put my ice cream maker in the freezer – must have known that you were going to post an irresistible ice cream recipe! I love the addition of the caramel – my favorite!


17 Patricia Scarpin July 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

What a delicious ice cream flavor, Suz! I love the idea of adding caramel to white chocolate – brilliant!


18 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 13, 2011 at 6:41 am

What a great summer treat! Love the picture.


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