Butterscotch Ice Cream

This ice cream was devoured before I could snap a picture of it. So I’m posting the recipe photo-less, since it was too good not to be shared. My family was visiting for the weekend and my mom baked my favorite German Chocolate Cake (an early birthday celebration). And I picked this ice cream to accompany it. It was the perfect duo. Rich chocolate cake with boiled coconut-pecan frosting and light creamy butterscotch delight. It was excellent served soft right from the ice cream machine as well as spooned from the freezer a few days later.

Butterscotch Ice Cream


1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half
6 large egg yolks


1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until butter is melted, sugar is dissolved, and mixture is bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup whipping cream until smooth; remove butterscotch mixture from heat.

2. In a separate saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining 1 cup whipping cream and the half-and-half; bring to a simmer.

3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat egg yolks to blend. Whisk 1/2 cup of the warm cream mixture into egg yolks, then pour egg yolk mixture into pan with cream. Stir constantly over low heat just until mixture is slightly thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Immediately remove from heat.

4. Pour through a fine strainer into a clean bowl and whisk in butterscotch mixture. Chill until cold, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours; or cover and chill up to 1 day.

5. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve softly frozen, or transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 1 week.

Makes about 1 quart.

(Adapted from Sunset via Smitten Kitchen)

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One Response to Butterscotch Ice Cream

  1. Katelyn March 9, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    So I really want to buy an Ice cream maker. Should I? And should I get the kitchen aid attachement one?

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