July 26, 2010

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Whenever I travel somewhere I inevitably end up at the local supermarkets.  It's always a must-see for me and luckily a habit my friends have gotten used to, and graciously put up with!

Even when I was a kid I loved going to the grocery store.  I  remember passing up going to the movies with my sisters so I could go food shopping with my mom.   Supermarkets are such a great place to discover new foods and unusual souvenirs. 

It was on one of these jaunts when I was visiting Buenos Aires a few years ago that I discovered dulce de leche.  Dulce de leche: one of Latin America's greatest gifts to the culinary world.  Jars of the sweet, creamy milk caramel were stacked sky high on the supermarket shelves.  So many different brands and varieties.  One taste and I was hooked.

This ice cream pays homage to that wonderful concoction. Lately I've been obsessed with Haagen-Dazs' dulce de leche ice cream and I think my version comes pretty close.  The only thing missing are the swirls of dulce de leche mixed in with the ice cream.  Too bad  those jars I brought back with me from Argentina are long gone.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream (adapted from Tartelette)

3/4 cup (150 gr) sugar
1/2  tsp honey
1/4 cup (63 ml) water
2 cups (500 ml) half and half (or 1 cup whole milk + 1 cup heavy cream)
6 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

In a heavy saucepan, set over high heat, stir together the sugar, honey, and water and cook to a dark amber caramel. 

Slowly add 1 cup of half and half and return to a boil, stirring to dissolve all the caramel bits. Slowly add the remaining 1 cup of half and half and return to a boil.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks to break them up and slowly pour the hot caramel mixture over them to temper. Pour the content of the bowl back in the saucepan and cook over medium low heat until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and salt and stir until dissolved.
Pour though a fine mesh sieve into another bowl.  Let cool completely, refrigerate until cold.
Process in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.


  1. I bet this ice cream tastes amazing! I love dulce de leche. Your pictures are always so gorgeous! I want to eat them every time :)


  2. Mmmm this looks so delicious!! I LOVE dulce de leche and it's a great idea to make it into an ice cream.


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