Recipe: Frozen Vanilla Custard with Salted Whisky Caramel Sauce

2 Aug

After two previous successes with ice cream (here and here) I wanted to try a slightly different dessert in my ice cream maker so I went on the hunt for a frozen custard recipe. They all seemed like a LOT of work so I took a chance and whipped up this ‘shortcut’ version.

Now for those of you unfamiliar with the concept of frozen custard, it’s much like a rich, thick ice cream with a bit more of a complex flavour. It’s quite popular in the US (and with followers of Ottawa’s Merry Dairy!).

While I paired mine with a salted whiskey caramel sauce, the custard would be great plain or with other kinds of sundae sauce or fresh fruit. (Think angel food cake and fresh strawberries for a spin on strawberry shortcake!)

Frozen Vanilla Custard

Frozen Vanilla Custard |

2 cups 35% whipping cream
1 cup 1% milk
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Harry Horne’s or Bird’s custard powder
1 teaspoon clear vanilla

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan, stirring and adding the sugar slowly as it comes to a boil. Dissolve the custard powder in a little bit of extra milk and add to the boiling mixture while stirring. Boil for 1 minute (you should see it thicken) and remove from heat.

Place the mixture in a container and chill in the fridge. Once well chilled, add it to the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze it. When finished, place it in the freezer to firm up.


For the caramel sauce, I used this recipe adding 1 oz of 40 Creek Whisky. I then topped my sundae with a sprinkle of good flaked sea salt.

8 Responses to “Recipe: Frozen Vanilla Custard with Salted Whisky Caramel Sauce”

  1. RnR August 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    My family will love me forever if I make this! Have some Bird’s in the cupboard …. gonna do it asap!

  2. Melissa August 4, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    There are days I just want to live in your kitchen.

    • Laura August 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      You’re welcome anytime 🙂

  3. RnR August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I have it in the fridge right now! Will freeze it tonight after dinner. Yay!

    • Laura August 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      How did it turn out?

      • RnR September 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

        It was really, really yummy!

      • Laura September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm #



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