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Vanilla Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche (aka Cajeta) Swirls and Mexican Chocolate Chunks

6 servings
Helado de Vainilla con Cajeta y Chocolate Mexicano


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split open, seeds scraped out and reserved
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Cajeta or dulce de leche
  • 2 Mexican chocolate rounds, about 3.15 ounces or 90 grams each, coarsely chopped

To Prepare

  • Pour the heavy cream and milk in a medium saucepan. Add the vanilla bean, seeds from the vanilla bean and salt; stir and place over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a simmer, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat immediately after it reaches a simmer, cover and let rest of at least 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, using a whisk or fork, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the mix turns from bright to pale yellow, it thickens and loses its graininess. It will take a couple minutes.
  • Uncover the milk mixture, remove the vanilla bean, pressing any remaining seeds into the milk. Discard the bean. Slowly, using a ladle, pour half the milk mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking as you go to temper the egg yolks.
  • Pour the tempered egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk mix. Set over medium heat again, and let it come to a gentle simmer, constantly stirring, until it coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly, stirring now and then.
  • Using a fine strainer, mesh or cheesecloth, strain the mixture into a metal container. Cover and place in the refrigerator until it is completely chilled, at least a couple hours and preferably up to 12 hours.
  • Process the ice cream in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A couple minutes before it is ready, add the chocolate chunks. Lastly, drizzle in the dulce de leche or cajeta and immediately turn the machine off, so that you create a swirled effect and not a complete mix.