Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream

Three times a charm. And goodness sakes alive was I charmed when I finally got to taste the Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco, California last fall! I had been hearing great things about Bi-Rite Creamery and their Salted Caramel Ice Cream from friends living in the San Francisco area – all insisted this ice cream was a ‘must try’ the first chance I got.

On my first visit to Bi-Rite Creamery, I found a line wrapped around the corner, which would have totally been worth the wait if I hadn’t been dealing with jet lag. On my second trip there, they were closed for remodeling. By the time the third visit rolled around I wasn’t letting anything stand in my way. And, all clichés aside, it was well worth the wait.

Bi-Rite Creamery makes small batch handcrafted ice creams which include specialty flavors like Honey Lavender, Roasted Banana and Orange Cardamom. But the Salted Caramel is what I was there to try. To say it was delicious would be an accurate but rather mundane way of describing such a delight. And delightful it was.

When I returned home, I kept my eyes peeled for Salted Caramel but was disappointed to not find anything churned locally. So I did what any self-respecting ice cream lover would do – I decided to make my own. I immediately turned to a man trusted for his ice cream skills, David Lebovitz. His book, The Perfect Scoop is packed with wonderful tips and tricks and other tasty frozen treats, but alas, no Salted Caramel recipe. Undaunted in my quest, I searched his site – surely he had mastered the Salted Caramel that I craved. And thank goodness, he did. I found his recipe for Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream.

Following his directions to a “T,” I quickly went to work to create the goodness David promised. And David doesn’t lie. Every word he wrote touting the marvelous Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream recipe was true. It was the truth.

The truth I tell ya.

That David is one talented man. His Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream will now be the measure for every ice cream from now on. It is excellence in frozen form.

You just need to trust me on this and try it for yourself. You’ll find the full recipe for Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream and other tips about it in David’s own words at his site, David Lebovitz – Living the Sweet Life in Paris.

Do try it, and please let me know what you think. And if you’re around these parts, bring me some. I’ll have a spoon ready and waiting.

Happy churning!


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    ANYTHING salty and caramely has my name on it.

    I shall not sleep until my taste buds have been rewarded with this divine perfection.

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    David Lebovitz is the ice cream man! The recipe I used for Double Vanilla Bourbon Ice cream will knock your socks off (and other things, too!). I will have to crank up a batch of this stuff soon! :)

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    Love David’s recipe. Added chocolate-covered pretzels at the end when I made it back in September. Incredible.

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    Joy says

    I am definitely saving the site with the ice cream recipe. That looks delicious! Stopping by from Mingle Monday!

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    This looks delicious!! I just got an ice cream maker and that is definitely on my to-do list! I love salted caramel too — check out my blog for a recipe on salted caramel bars.

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    Oh my goodness, this looks crazy amazing.

    Why don’t I have The Perfect Scoop yet? I’ve heard so many good things.

    I’m buying it. I’m buying it NOW.

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    How fortunate it is for me that my ice cream attachment for my mixer just showed up last week! now i just need David’s book :) M1 is going to do flips over this ice cream…that boy is a caramel nut.

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    Adore salted caramel ice cream, I had some at great restaurant in Wellington, NZ – Logan Brown. It was positively ambrosial and sent us all in to a little bit of an ice cream trance. We loved it so much they brought us a little extra. I was also lucky enough to get an ice cream maker for Christmas & will most definitely be giving this ice cream a go.

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    Wow this looks pretty amazing and sounds much better. I just might have to make a trip with this ice cream as the center piece of the journey! Great pictures too! Love what you girls are doing at Go Savor. All of it looks delicious!

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    Joey Mechelle says

    Made this. Delish.

    Then I had it for breakfast upon a Belgian waffle with crispy maple bacon crumbled on top. Yeah, bliss!

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    I’ve hopped over from David’s site where I am planning to give this recipe a try. Thank you for posting about it here and for the encouragement that it really is do-able. I can hardly wait to dig in! :)


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    Kristen says

    I am a total sucker for salty//sweet combo. Using salted butter in caramel is one way to achieve a great balance in flavors. You may also love adding chunks of salty pretzels to the ice cream. After it has been churned but before it goes in the freezer to ripen. It is a great addition to chocolate & caramel ice cream. Promise! :)

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