I know we had you at brown butter… or bourbon, and likely no additional explanation is needed here! But this gelato is truly one of our all time favorite flavor combos! The Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato is made using a homemade caramel sauce mixed into the base as well as swirled throughout, so you get tons of deep, rich, decadent caramel flavor in every single bite!
This is one of those flavors that is really quite perfect for every season! Most people transition away from frozen desserts around Fall, but this flavor never goes out of season. Just imagine a slice of warm apple or pecan pie with this on top on a brisk Fall evening.
Are you drooling yet? I am as I’m typing this. **Brief typing break to get a scoop of gelato.**
Ok. Where was I? Ah, yes, this Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato will be your go-to flavor for the entire year! Go ahead, prove us wrong.
Gelato vs Ice Cream
We never have ice cream in this house anymore, but for a very good reason. Gelato is just better! It is creamier, more flavorful, and has an amazing texture.
Don’t you just hate it when you take ice cream out of the freezer and practically break your arm trying to scoop it out of the container??? Well, gelato will never ever do this to you. It is the perfect scoop-able texture immediately out of the freezer!
There are quite a few differences between gelato and ice cream, although they both contain three basic ingredients. All ice cream and gelato have dairy, sugar and air as base components. They have different proportions, however, and are churned differently, which results in the main differences in mouthfeel. The short version is gelato has less fat and less air, making the tastes more vibrant and the texture creamier. We will break this down further at another time, but for now, just trust us that gelato is a superior dessert. Just give it a try, and you will understand.
Do I need an ice cream machine?
We always use a machine to churn our gelato, and if you are gelato (or ice cream) lovers like us, having one is a must. Most stand mixers have attachments like THIS but a standalone ice cream machine can be a good option too.
If you don’t have or don’t want to purchase a machine, you can still make this Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato by hand. The texture will be a bit less smooth when making it by hand, but it pretty easy to make. See our post for Passion Fruit White Chocolate Mint Gelato for details on how to make gelato by hand.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Brown Butter Bourbon Caramel Gelato! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
If you are looking for more recipes like this, check out some of our other popular desserts below:
- Pumpkin Mascarpone Cheesecake with Candied Cinnamon Pecans
- Texicali Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Brown Butter and Pecan Rum Cake
- Pecan Tassies (Tarts)
- Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake aka “Crack Cake”