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Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Rum Raisin Ice Cream

The first time I encountered rum raisin ice cream was on the coast. It was a warm afternoon and a small vendor nearby was selling creamy, homemade ice cream. From the sheer amount of people vying for a scoop, it seemed only appropriate to do just the same. Scattered among the classic flavors were more unique tastes, including a caramel swirled rum raisin ice cream that looked so divine I didn't look twice elsewhere. As I approached the counter with wide eyes, a wad of dollar bills scrunched in my hand, I told the man exactly what I wanted. However, because it was made with real rum and I was still underage, the rum raisin stayed out of my twenty year old reach.


Rum Raisin Ice Cream

I walked away, dragging my feet on the sidewalk, with a simple waffle cone in tow—my consolation prize. Nevertheless, my rum raisin woes were quickly assuaged by the melting, chocolate ice cream in my hand. Ice cream often cures all sadness and woes; even those caused by ice cream itself. I've never met a situation that ice cream couldn't improve.

Still, I find it fitting that the very first time I would be carded would be for something so innocent as an ice cream cone.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream

This Rum Raisin Ice Cream is to make up for that doleful moment of my youth. This is for all of the underage, twenty year olds who have been turned away from ice cream cones. This is for those who need a little extra cheer. This is for those who need a reward after a long, hard day's work. This is for those who deserve a sweet treat for absolutely no reason at all.

This is for you.

Rum Raisin Ice Cream Rum Raisin Ice Cream

This Rum Raisin Ice Cream is everything I have dreamed (and more). Rum soaked raisins are diffused through a creamy, smooth ice cream (which has just a hint of rum itself). While it does taste delicious plain, I love to drizzle this ice cream with a warm, rich caramel sauce. I highly suggest you do the same. Rum, raisins, and caramel are a trio of flavors that, when combined, may leave you obsessing over them days (or weeks) later.

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Rum Raisin Ice Cream
Adapted from David Lebovitz

Yields 1 quart

1 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark rum
3 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks
Caramel Sauce (for topping), optional

In a small saucepan, place raisins and dark rum. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for a couple more minutes before removing from heat and covering with a lid. Allow to soak for at least 2-3 hours.

Meanwhile, whisk together milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Slowly pour in warmed milk while whisking rapidly to prevent the yolks from curdling. Return mixture back to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the milk forms a custard thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain mixture and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Before placing in an ice cream maker, strain the raisins, pouring any extra rum into the ice cream base. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's instructions. In the final minutes of churning, add the raisins so they spread evenly throughout the ice cream. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for 2-3 hours before serving.

Serve chilled, drowned in a sea of warm caramel sauce.

Reader Comments (20)

This is the kind of thing I would die for .... and this is my hubby's favorite ice-cream flavour ! Thank you for the recipe, you take wonderful pictures !
02.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterargone
This makes me weak in the knees!
Your photos are almost enough to convince me that I don't hate raisins. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And I could eat an entire jar of that caramel sauce... yum! I couldn't resist sharing your post on my facebook page - because there are a lot of raisin fans out there. And who doesn't love rum?
02.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentermovita beaucoup
Come On Already!!!! You are killing me here!! The other day was the homemade warm caramel sauce, I wanted something sweet like that then, (got over it) now this morning between the pictures, and Rum Raisin Ice Cream (my absolute favorite) you are just killing me!!

I absolutely have no other choice once I get moved to make this, find some friends to share it with(can't make this and be alone in the house) it will disappear ) :-)

I just love your blog and look forward to all of your recipes, these two especially!!
02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitchell Webster
This has always been one of my favorite flavors. I can't wait to get my hands on an ice cream maker. And thanks for the tip about the caramel sauce. Yum!
02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelenOfSJ
This is absolutely gorgeous. Your pictures are simply stunning.
02.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim Bee
I don't like raisins. I am only 18 years old. I love ice cream. I love caramel sauce. Never have I ever wanted to try something that I don't like and can't leagally have more than I have right now! This looks fantastic. Maybe in three years, instead of taking down shots, I'll treat myself to this ice cream! :)
This was the first recipe I used in my new ice cream maker and it turned out perfect. My friends loved it, this recipe is great!
02.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaily Deal
It is so tempting.. That caramel sauce on ice cream looks just amazing!
02.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMedeja
I have always loved rum and raisin ice-cream and it's always been my guilty pleasure when I was younger :) I'm definitely going to try this out! Only thing is.. I don't have an ice cream maker, does anyone know how to make this without one?
02.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCee
I guessed it!!
sounds good!
03.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDina
Seriously, Im using every ounce of self control not to shove my computer screen in my mouth and hope it tastes like what i see in these pictures. I've never wanted ice cream so bad in my life.
03.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia
I'm not sure which I love more - the caramel sauce or the fact that you added rum raisins to this ice cream! It's gorgeous and I must go find something to satisfy my sweet tooth immediately =)

I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), so please let me know if you have any objections. It's always a pleasure following your food…
03.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJavelin Warrior
Looks heavenly! This is just so tempting ice cream!  
04.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterwaka network
This was so good! And the caramel sauce made it even better. Reblogged at:
Thanks for sharing!
06.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterShirley
Can you make this without an ice-cream maker?? =)
04.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly
Holly-- You can! David Lebovitz has a great tutorial for making ice cream without an ice cream maker:
04.25.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Great ice cream recipe. Just one question - how do you stop the raisins from freezing solid in the ice cream? I always freeze my ice cream over night but for the rum and raisin ice cream this is a problem because the raisins freeze solid. Thanks. Kim
07.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkim
Do you really have to be 21 to have ice cream containing alcohol?? Where do you live? I'm from Australia so the drinking age is 18 but I have been enjoying rum and raisin ice cream for years even my sister who is 12 can get it without a problem. I do like your solution though - make it yourself :)
01.3.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

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