Low Carb Salted Caramel Ice Cream (THM S)
Salted caramel ice cream is one of my all-time favorites. I've tinkered with a lot of different recipes, and have finally found one that is both easy to make and packs a flavor punch.
This ice cream base starts with a keto (or low carb) caramel sauce which does NOT use coconut sugar. All you need for a beautifully colored, rich caramel sauce is some sweetener, heavy cream, butter, and a little patience. *NOTE: Just know that this is not a stable caramel sauce. It does harden some once it cools. That's why it does well being blended into this ice cream. It goes in smoothly, and gives the ice cream soft texture.
Start your caramel by melting one stick of unsalted butter with your sweetener.
Let it bubble away on medium or medium-low heat until the caramel color starts to develop.
When you see this color, now is the time to add your cream and sea salt. It will bubble up A LOT. That's OK, it's supposed to do that. *NOTE: If you're adding in the optional shot of bourbon, do that right before adding the cream.
Next, reduce the caramel for about 1 minute, then sprinkle in the xanthan gum and continue whisking/reducing until the caramel is thick and beautifully brown.
Add a little caramel extract and the cooled caramel base, then blend until slightly fluffy and thick. With the blender running, begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time, until the temperature of the mixture comes down and it's thickened.
Next, add your ice cream base to your prepped and chilled ice cream machine and churn until soft-serve texture is achieved (about 10-15 minutes).
Place it into a sealed container and freeze for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
The only thing that beats how simple this ice cream is, is the TASTE. It's rich, creamy with a distinct caramel flavor with a hint of sea salt.
This recipe brings the caramel flavor, while keeping the texture of the ice cream perfectly soft and spoonable.