One of the big holiday traditions on my father’s side of the family is making caramel ice cream. Using my grandmother’s recipe, each sibling of my father’s family carries out the careful steps of caramelizing the sugar, churning the homemade ice cream, and blending the two just right– you really have to be taught how to make it before you can use the recipe!
There are 7 families who participate, so about halfway through any holiday the calls start pouring in. “How’s it taste this year?” “Did you get it right this time?” When we’d make our round of visits to the cousins’ houses, we’d each get a small spoonful of their version of the ice cream
I’m sure that I could go out and buy some amazing Dulce de Leche ice cream off the shelf of my grocery store, but there’s something about the smell of that butter and sugar on the stove that fills me with the happiest memories and seals the deal…the caramel ice cream must be made!
I try to complement the ice cream with a great pie or two. Here are 5 recipes I’d love to bake and taste this year…
What desserts does your family indulge in on Thanksgiving? Any food traditions that you keep alive?