Sunday, October 17, 2010

Caramel Apple Ice Cream

This is extremely delicious.Creamy caramel apple flavour! If you have more apples than you need, and already made your apple tart, apple pie, apple crumbles, then for a change, do a batch of this creamy delicious ice cream!   The weather has been extremely blazing hot this past week with no rain at all. I am getting a little cranky with the weather! My kids are asking for ice cream, not that I blame them.  Wanted to make the long-awaited chocolate ice cream, but then again, not this time too. Made this instead.   

I reduced the sugar from the original 3/4 cup to 1/3 cup, it is still a little sweet for me, but for those who like their ice cream sweet, then I think 1/3 cup would be great.  I think the original 3/4 cup would be extremely sweet!  All in all, this is simply delicious. The chopped apples are cooked in the sugar caramel till soft and brown, and coated with the caramel. Be careful not to burn the caramel, but cooked it to a nice brown colour before adding the apples. This is one ice cream that I would make again, only this time with a little more less sugar, maybe 1/4 cup.

As you put a scoop of this ice cream into your mouth, you can taste the creaminess and small delightful bites of the apples.  Yummy! This is a perfect afternoon treat on a hot day or indulge yourself with this wonderful dessert right after dinner!  Yummmmmy!
Caramel Apple Ice Cream
(adapted from "The Ice Cream Maker Companion" by Avner Laskin)
For the Caramel Apples
1/3 cup sugar
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped

For the Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
3/4 cup sugar (I use 1/3 cup)
4 egg yolks 

Method :

  1. In a heavy skillet, place 1/3 cup sugar and cook on medium heat, without stirrring, until caramelised and light brown.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped apples, mixing with a wooden spoon for about 2 minutes.
  3. Return to the heat and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon, until all the apples pieces have a caramel colour.
  4. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. Separately, in a saucepan, bring the milk, cream, vanilla bean and half the sugar to the scalding point over medium heat.
  6. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and the remaining sugar with a wire whisk until smooth and uniform.
  7. When the mixture in the saucepan begins to foam, reduce the heat and quickly stir in the yolk mixture.  Remove the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds back into the saucepan.
  8. Using a wooden spoon, stir the custard constantly and cook over low heat until it reaches 175F.
  9. Remove immediately from the heat and continue stirring, so that the custard does not overcook.
  10. Pour the custard into a clean bowl through a fine mesh strainer, so that the liquid is smooth and lump-free.
  11. While the custard is warm, add the caramel apples and mix well.  It is important to do this while the custard is warm so that the flavour is fully absorbed.
  12. Cover the custard with plastic wrap and let cool slightly, then place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, until very cold.
  13. Transfer the cold custard to the bowl of your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.


  1. What a wonderful ice cream flavor for fall! I can just imagine how delicious it tastes. Thank you!

  2. Oh my goodness, this is such a perfect recipe for us!! Since I received my ice cream maker a month or so ago, I've been going ice cream crazy, lol. This is a great Fall recipe, I just love the fact I can make ice cream with apples. Thank you so much for linking this wonderful recipe to Cookbook Sundays. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. Oh this looks and sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe this wonderful Sunday morning.

  4. That sounds sooo... unbelievably good. This recipe will have to go in my "to try list". Thanks for sharing.

  5. I've never tried apple ice cream but it sounds sooooo delicious and perfect for fall. How about a scoop on some warm apple pie? Yum!

  6. This looks wonderful - I love making my own ice cream, and I made a similar one last summer caramelising peaches - they took on a real sort of butterscotch flavour and made for a beautiful ice cream. We are enjoying spring here now, but I will remember to try this with apples in about 6 months time :-)

  7. Woww thats a fantastic looking ice cream, cant wait to try them..

  8. Can you believe that my ice cream bowl has been in the freezer all summer and I've yet to make ice cream?? This recipes looks like a great reason to dig it out!!!

  9. Wow! That really tempts me a lot.

  10. Hi Savoring Time in the Kitchen,
    Thank you. This is certainly a very delicious ice cream!

    Hi Brenda,
    It is fun linking to Cookbook Sundays! I hope you try out this ice cream, I can assure you that you won't regret it!

    Hi Tanamera Kayu Ara Spa,
    Thank you for visiting. Nice to see you!

    Hi My Kitchen in the Rockies,
    This is really good. Try it soon!

    Hi scrambledhnfruit,
    It would be delicious with some warm apple pie! I bet it would be yummy indeed!

    Hi C&C,
    Thank you for visiting. Caramelized peaches sounds wonderful! Thank you.

    Hi Priya,
    Thank you!

    Hi Cindy,
    Nice to see you. Go on! Dig out your bowl and start making this. It is really creamy and delicious! Let me know when you have tried this! Have a nice day!

    Hi Umm Mymoonah,
    Thank you for your visit. Nice to see you. If you have the time and an ice cream maker, give this a try! Have a lovely day!

  11. This looks sooooo tasty!! I have an ice cream maker that I use all the time. I love it. Your recipe seems like an apple pie ice cream, it's brilliant. I think the next ice cream should be pumpkin pie! :)

  12. I am now craving a scoop of this ice cream. I like the fact that you can tone down the sweetness too. If I served this for dessert on Thanksgiving, it would be a hit.

  13. This has got to be the best ice cream for the fall season, thanks so much!

  14. Hi Elsa,
    Pumpkin pie ice cream sounds great! Let's see whether I can whip this one out! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

    Hi Lisa,
    This will definitely be a hit. Make a batch of this first and indulge, then make another batch for everyone else!

    Hi Melynda,
    Thank you! Have a nice day!

  15. sounds very family would love this.

  16. Thanks for sharing this recipe...
    I'm craving for it now. The hot of the sun feel like burning my throat ... a scoop of this ice cream is definitely very relieving. Wonderful...

  17. Hi Zoe,
    Thank you for visiting!

    Hi AloyCia E.Joan,
    The weather has been extremely hot this past week and looks like it is going to be the same this week as well. Hoping for some heavy rain! This ice cream is definitely the one for hot days like this! Thank you for stopping by!

  18. Caramel apple is such a unique flavor for ice cream! It's such a great idea. Your lucky kids! Looks scrumptious.

  19. Thank you for helping me to collect recipes of apple deserts. Ice cream - great idea! Though I can't see any pieces of apples in ice cream - are they chopped so small?
    Friends of Kitchen Flavours, also you are very invited to share your apple pies and other apple deserts recipes.

  20. Wow....never heard of apple ice cream. I really like it. Looks very creamy and delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

  21. Hi Reeni,
    Thank you!

    Hi Dalia,
    Thank you for linking my post to your collection of apples recipes. You can't see the chopped apples in the photos, but you can definitely bite into them when you put a spoonful in your mouth!
    Thank you for dropping by!

    Hi Mary Moh,
    Thank you!

  22. Yum, yum, yum! This sounds so good! Caramel apple in ice cream form is a great idea. Perfect for hot weather or Fall.

  23. i think i will try your recipe. thats the perfect winter flavor.