Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Butterscotch Ice Cream

I've been pretty devoted to Mint Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream lately. My husband exclusively eats the PB ice cream... faster than I can keep it in stock, it seems. I, of course, keep tabs on the mint. I decided it might be time to branch out again, and I came across a recipe for butterscotch ice cream.

This definitely sounded great, but the ingredients included 1.5 cups of heavy cream, and 6 eggs yolks - neither of which I want to use. I took the vanilla recipe I've been using and modified it to incorporate the butterscotch flavor so it would be 1) easier and 2) less damaging to my hips. I certainly think I achieved that and this ice cream has a fantastic taste to it!! I can't wait to make it again (especially since I think I may have burnt the sugar, oops)!

NOTE: I could live on ice cream alone, so I try to find a balance between not-loaded-with-fat and still-pretty-creamy-and-yummy. To that end, I play around with the amount of cream vs milk. The arrangement below is what I use most often. I assure you it won't turn into a rock hard block (the PB ice cream did once, and I realize it was because I had forgotten the sweetened condensed milk!). But, since it may feel icy to some, I want to mention that you are certainly free to go the full fat route, and do 16 oz of half and half with 12 oz of heavy cream. Feel free to play around in between that, too, as long as the total comes to 28 oz.
Butterscotch Ice Cream
Adapted from Sunset Magazine and Doc Wilson
(Normally I would link to the original vanilla recipe, but *tear* Doc Wilson's site appears to be down)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 7 oz fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup egg beaters
  • dash of salt
  • 4 oz heavy cream (See note above for alternate volumes)
  • 20 oz fat free half-and-half
  • 4 oz skim milk

In a 1- to 2-quart pan 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 4 oz of warmed heavy cream until smooth; remove butterscotch mixture from heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, egg beaters, and salt. Whisk in the half and half and milk. Finally, add the butterscotch mixture and stir with the whisk to combine. Chill until cold, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours; or cover and chill up to 1 day (recommended).

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.


  1. Wow, that would be so good sandwiched between some cookies! YUMMY

  2. This looks great! Thanks for posting your changes for making it a bit healthier. It's so hard for me to make ice cream frequently when I stop and think about ALL that heavy cream and stuff. I'll have to try your version sometime.

  3. Where's my spoon?? I wont some NOW!! And side note, bakingblonde is a genius! Cookies and this ice cream would be AMAZING!

  4. What a great flavor and would be great over brownies!

  5. I love love love butterscotch sundaes! This is even easier since it's all in one - although I would probably still top it with butterscotch syrup.