The ice cream and topping are so good that you don't even need to agonize over the short cake. I often use pre-made short cakes from the grocery or I bake a sheet cake and cut into three-inch rounds. You can also purchase a pound cake or use a sweet biscuits as a short cake.
Crème Brulee Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 pint heavy cream
• 8 egg yolks
• 1 ½ cups half and half cream
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (The better quality your vanilla, the better your ice cream.)
Put sugar into heavy skillet and caramelize. Use a heavy duty pot holder to hold the handle of the skillet so you do not burn yourself. Tilt the skillet to evenly brown the sugar. When the sugar is dark brown, but not burned. Immediately add the cream. This will stop the sugar from burning. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved.
Beat the egg yolk with the half & half and vanilla.
Place the egg mixture over a double boiler and begin to heat. Slowly add in the sugar & cream mixture. Stir with a wire whisk.
Cook your custard mixture over medium heat for about 12 minutes until it will coat a wooden spoon.
Pour into another bowl and refrigerate. The custard should be completely cooled before you put it into the ice cream maker.