Dona Chai Caramel Ice Cream

Dona Chai Caramel

     1/2 cup Dona Masala Chai
     2/3 stick unsalted butter
     3/4 cup dark brown sugar
     1 can condensed milk 
     sea salt 

Ice Cream Base

     4 egg yolks
     1/2 cup sugar
     1 cup whole milk
     1 cup heavy cream
     2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste 

For the Dona Chai caramel:

  1. Add all ingredients to medium saucepan. Cook over low heat stirring often, until caramelized (probably about 20 mins) Add salt to taste. 

  2. Pour into a container and cool in fridge. 

 

For the Ice Cream:

  1. Combine heavy cream, whole milk, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Pour into a container and cool in fridge. 

  2. Whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl until pale, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in warm cream mixture. Return the mixture to a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat a wooden spoon, 2-3 minutes. Strain custard into a medium bowl set over ice water, let cool, stirring occasionally. 

  3. Process custard in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a container and fold in cooled chai caramel. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.