Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Other Fall Flavors

Ice Cream Cones

I guess it’s a good thing that we’re moving to California in a month because I need to get back to San Francisco as soon as possible in order to try this Salted Caramel Ice Cream! Here I was this morning, minding my own business and quietly wandering through my favorite food sites, when all of a sudden my senses were assaulted by first a photo, then a video, of what could possibly be my favorite ice cream flavor ever! Sweet, salty, caramel-y. I can’t wait.

Have any of you tried it? Have you heard of any recipes?

Speaking of recipes, I am on the lookout for a great homemade pumpkin ice cream recipe. I didn’t use my ice cream maker once over the summer, but now I’m ready to get it out again. This seems to be part of my new pattern. Last year, I didn’t start making ice cream until the end of summer but I continued making it through fall and even into winter. Why not continue the tradition?

So now I’m on the lookout for some great fall ice cream recipes. I plan on making my Cinnamon Vanilla Ice Cream soon but thanks to a comment on the Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes post, I’m really craving some good Pumpkin Ice Cream. And of course, I’d also like to try making something similar to the Salted Caramel Ice Cream that I discovered this morning at CHOW.

Ice Cream. The other reason to love fall!

  1. Veronica

    Hi there

    I haven’t tried that particular recipe, but I remember when I was visiting Chicago as a child in the 1960s (from the UK) my absolutely favourite ice cream flavour was salt water taffy (from 31 Flavors I think?). 31 flavors was a lot to someone from the Uk who had only ever encountered vanilla, strawberry, coffee, and chocolate πŸ˜‰

    Now I live in France I can get Caramel au beurre salΓ© ice cream which is just as good! You could try using your favourite caramel ice cream recipe using salted butter.

    10:19 am  Oct 12th, 2007
  2. Nicole

    Veronica: Thanks for the feedback! I just found a Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream recipe from David Lebovitz that sounds wonderful!

    10:34 am  Oct 12th, 2007
  3. Veronica

    ah, yes, I remember bookmarking that recipe a while ago πŸ™‚ Good idea using fleur de sel to intensify the flavour. Note: I make caramel using sugar cubes — it is *far* easier than using ordinary sugar. Just put them in a dry pan, place over a moderate heat, and break up a bit with a wooden spoon as they melt. They go straight from cube to smooth caramel. Usually once all is dissolved the caramel isn’t quite dark enough, so just raise the heat and cook till it is.

    11:50 am  Oct 12th, 2007
  4. Curt

    Nicole, I am a real sucker for good ice cream. I had a great caramel dessert in NYC that had one part salted caramel, and I love the two flavors. I’m also a huge fan of cinnamon ice cream, but not if it’s the redhots variety, candy cinnamon. Just good, fresh, ground cinnamon, with something like Tahitian vanilla instead of Mexican or Madagascar. (I still remember a report from 5th grade, that vanilla is Madagascar’s number 1 export).

    2:04 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  5. Terry B

    Nicole, your timing of this post is impeccable. We’re going to be in San Francisco the first weekend in November. I’ve just added BiRite to our must see list.

    4:12 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  6. Nicole

    Veronica: Thanks for the tip about sugar cubes, I have never heard that before! I’ve actually never attempted making caramel at all so this will be an adventure for me!

    Curt: I haven’t tasted caramel ice cream before but I know I’ll love it! I discovered Cinnamon Ice Cream last year and it’s definitely one of my favorites! I usually use part of a vanilla bean if I have one.

    Terry: Great! Can’t wait to hear about your trip! I’ll be down in Southern California by the second week in November but not sure when I’ll make it up north. I just noticed a recipe for salted caramel frosting over at Cupcake Bakeshop that was inspired by the Bi-Rite ice cream. It sounds so good, I might be making some more cupcakes soon!

    5:49 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  7. Susan from Food Blogga

    You’re moving back to California? Oh, best of luck with the move, Nicole. You make me want to move to SF just to have some salted caramel ice cream. Now, that’s a good name for ice cream.

    6:34 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  8. swirlingnotions

    Oh yum, yum, YUM! I’m so going to try that the next time I’m in SF. Speaking of fall and ice cream, Figs, Olives, Wine has a recipe for Pumpkin Hazelnut Gelato you may want to check out.

    Congrats on moving back to California! Yea!

    7:01 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  9. Farmgirl Susan

    I love that photo! It’s wonderful. And I was going to recommend the pumpkin hazelnut gelato on Figs Olives Wine, too. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve had delicious success with another of Amanda’s recipes. The link to the gelato is here.

    9:17 pm  Oct 12th, 2007
  10. Patricia Scarpin

    Ice cream makes anything and anyone’s day better, Nicole – I had so much gelato while in Rome that now I have been eating grilled fish and salads, and that is all! πŸ™‚

    1:21 pm  Oct 13th, 2007
  11. Nicole

    Susan: Yep, unfortunately our time in Sicily is coming to an end. I am really sad to leave but it will nice to be closer to family and friends once agan.

    Lia: You should definitely go try some, you’re much closer than I am!

    Farmgirl Susan: Thanks for the link! I just checked it out and it sounds great!

    Patricia: The last time I was in Rome was end of summer last year and it was hot hot hot! We were eating gelato three times a day and continued the same in Florence! In fact, the photo on this post was taken in Florence during that same trip. I am really going to miss gelato when we leave Sicily πŸ™

    1:28 pm  Oct 13th, 2007
  12. Toni

    You’re moving to southern California? Where? I live in San Diego. Husband in the Navy? Hmmmmm……San Diego’s a possibility, isn’t it?

    As for the ice cream, I haven’t even heard of it before, let alone tried it. When I was in Rome, gelato ruled. I didn’t realize that San Francisco was an ice cream Mecca! I’ll “bookmark” that idea…..;-)

    9:15 pm  Oct 13th, 2007
  13. Evie

    Salted Caramel Ice Cream sounds divine! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, cause I’m an imitator not an innovator. lol

    4:36 am  Oct 14th, 2007
  14. Nicole

    Toni: Yes, we’re moving to San Diego in a month πŸ™‚

    Evie: I think I’m going to try the David Lebovitz’ Salted Caramel Ice Cream next weekend. Wanted to make it this weekend but don’t think it’s gonna happen! Might experiment with some pumpkin ice cream this afternoon though…seems less involved πŸ™‚

    11:40 am  Oct 14th, 2007
  15. Kevin

    Salted caramel ice cream sounds really interesting. I will have to try it!

    9:12 am  Oct 15th, 2007
  16. Paula

    I too have recently read about the salted caramel ice cream and have had a serious craving! I’ll definitly try to make it at home if I can find a recipe! Good luck on the move:)

    12:42 pm  Oct 15th, 2007
  17. Nabeela

    Here’s a pumpkin ice cream recipe if you want to try. I haven’t tried it yet but Williams Sonoma always has great recipes, so its a safe bet.

    3:48 am  Oct 17th, 2007
  18. Kat

    Man Nicole I wish I would have seen this post when I lived in San Francisco because it sounds so good. Sweet and salty caramel ice cream. I would love to drizzle just a tad of chocolate on it and eat it up. I’m so glad you found a recipe for it from David Lebowitz because I’m surely going to have to make it. I’ll keep my eyes out for the flavor now in Southern California now too.

    6:17 pm  Oct 19th, 2007
  19. Holly

    There is a store in my hometown of Asheville, NC called Chocolate Fetish. Everything there is made from scratch. They also serve homemade caramels. My favorite caramel there is the Sea Salt Caramel. It’s a cube of their rich, decadent caramel and on top of it is just a tad of sea salt– hence the name. I was a bit skeptical at first. Okay, a lot skeptical at first. But, I tried it and it was amazing. The sea salt made the caramel all the more sweeter and richer and just plain divine. Just imagining all those flavors wrapped up in ice cream make me want to hop on a plane!

    7:34 pm  Oct 19th, 2007
  20. Nicole

    Kat: I have to make that ice cream too, still haven’t had a chance to try it!

    Holly: I would love to try one of those caramels! Your comment makes me want to hop on a place to Asheville! πŸ™‚

    7:44 pm  Oct 19th, 2007
  21. Kat

    Well once you do please let me know it turns out Nicole. You know ice cream is sounding super good right now too.

    11:48 pm  Oct 19th, 2007
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