Salt & Straw's Ice Cream Base

Salt & Straw's Ice Cream Base
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This smooth custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor under the sun. With just six ingredients this recipe is easy to perfect and it's one you can count on any time you're craving a smooth, rich bowl of ice cream. Recipe courtesy of Salt & Straw.
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Total time: 6.12 hours
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dry milk powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  1. Combine the 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons dry milk powder, and 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum in a small bowl and stir well.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons corn syrup into a medium pot and stir in 1 1/3 cup whole milk. Add the sugar mixture and immediately whisk vigorously until smooth. Set the pot over medium heat and cook, stirring often and adjusting the heat if necessary to prevent a simmer, until the sugar has fully dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.
  3. Add 1 1/3 cup cream and whisk until fully combined. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 6 hours, or for even better texture and flavor, 24 hours. Stir the base back together if it separates during the resting time. The base can be further stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. (Just be sure to fully thaw the frozen base before using it.)