Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Salty Carmel Ice Cream with Chocolate Crumble

I'm a huge fan of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' Salted Caramel flavor, so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. As you can tell from the list of ingredients this is very rich with an intense caramel flavor. Not intense like rosewater, but intense like "it packs a lot of punch so one scoop will satiate me". Its overall consistency reminds my a lot like gelato.

To add a little something to compliment the chewiness of the ice cream I sprinkled it with a chocolate crumble. Johnny Iuzzini uses this at Jean Georges by laying the ice cream on a small bed of this stuff, to keep it from sliding around. It also does a fantastic job of adding some texture to the dessert.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate Crumble

Caramel Ice Cream
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups whole milk, warm
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, warm
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Put 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar ina deep heavy saucepan and stir in the water to moisten the sugar and make a mixture that resembles wet sand. (This will help the sugar caramelize evenly.) Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then simmer, without stirring, for 15 minutes, or until the sugar melts into a rich amber caramel. *for me it started to turn, and fast, at about 13 1/2 minutes. Make sure you're paying attention.* If any sugar crystallizes on the sides of the pan, brush with a wet pastry brush.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly (to prevent bubbling up) stir in the milk and cream. Should the caramel seize and harden, return the mixture to the heat and stir to dissolve the caramel, then remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and yolks in a medium bowl until slightly thickened and the whisk leaves a trail. Slowly, while whisking, add about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid to the yolks, then whisk in the remaining liquid. Set a fine-mesh basket strainer over a clean saucepan and strain the liquid into the pan.
  4. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. Set a medium bowl in the ice bath; have a strainer ready.
  5. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides often with a wooden spoon, until steam begins to rise from the surface and the custard thickens enough to coat the spoon. Strain into the bowl, add the salt, and let cool, stirring from time to time.
  6. Refrigerate until cold or, preferably, overnight.
  7. Pour the custard into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the texture is "soft serve," transfer to a storage container and freeze to harden. (The ice cream is best eaten within a day, but it can be made several days ahead.)
Chocolate Crumble
Dessert Fourplay by Johnny Iuzzini

  • 6-1/2 tablespoons (94g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Valrhona)
  • 1/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons (87g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1g) coarse salt
  1. Heat the oven to 375 or 350 convection. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment.
  2. Cut the butter into pieces and put it in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle. Whisk the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt together and add to the bowl. Mix at medium speed until well combined, dark brown, and in big crumbs.
  3. Spread out on the baking sheet breaking up the biggest crumbs and leaving room for spreading. Bake until crisp, about 20 minutes *I burned the first batch at 16 minutes, and the next batch was decent at 13. I'd start checking it at about 11 minutes. It takes less than a minute to burn* rotating the pan halfway through baking. Let cool.
  4. When the crumble is cool, put it in a food processor and process to fine, even crumbs. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.


  1. This sounds wonderful... and a great picture too.. I'm shooting my ice cream today and am trembling in my boots (now I know why my food stylists on commercials have 2 freezers, dry ice and a crazed look in their eye when they do ice cream! The crumble is inspired.
    Thanks for the great post

  2. The crumble is actually pretty interesting. My guess is that this crumble is what every infant believes a handful of wet sand is going to taste like right up to the point sand hits mouth. As a former infant myself, I can attest to the fact the two taste nothing alike, but if a black sand beach had a flavor, this would surely be it.