¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar
1½ tablespoons Cabot Salted Butter
1 Granny Smith, Honey Crisp or apple variety of your choice
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To make caramel apple slices:
HEAT cream in microwave or on stovetop; set aside to keep warm.
PLACE sugar in very clean heavy saucepan over low to medium-low heat; stir constantly with whisk or fork until sugar has melted into syrup and is light gold in color.
STOP stirring and continue to cook sugar, swirling pan for even cooking, until syrup is a dark golden amber; immediately remove from heat.
SLOWLY and carefully pour hot cream down side of pan into syrup. The hot syrup will bubble and splatter, so use oven mitt and have long wooden spoon or high-heat spatula on hand. With spoon or spatula, stir caramel until smooth.
STIR in butter and cook over low heat, stirring, until butter is well blended into sauce. Cover to keep warm.
CORE apple with apple corer or melon baller; trim off and discard stem and bottom ends, then cut apple crosswise into 6 to 8 slices. (Alternatively, slice apple first, then remove cores from each slice with paring knife.)
DIP each apple slice into warm caramel and place on plate. Tongs are recommended. Scrape any remaining caramel over apple slices. Chill, then cut into ¼ to ½-inch pieces.
To make ice cream:
COMBINE cream, milk, sugar and vanilla In heavy saucepan. Heat mixture over medium-high heat until it almost reaches a boil. Reduce to maintain gentle simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
PLACE eggs and egg yolks in medium bowl and whisk together well. Whisking constantly, slowly add hot cream mixture to eggs until smooth and beginning to thicken.
SLOWLY pour mixture back into saucepan and whisk well. Place over medium heat and whisk constantly for 5 to 10 minutes or just until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon or registers 170 to 175°F on candy thermometer (do not let come to simmer).
TRANSFER to bowl and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for several hours until well chilled.
FREEZE in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add caramel apple pieces and cheddar during last few minutes of freezing time.
Recipe courtesy of Jimmy Kennedy.