This is one of the oldest and simplest of the flavored ice creams. Basically, only two ingredients are used, sugar and cream. The sugar is melted to a caramelized bittersweetness and dissolved into the cream. For the smoothest results, use a hand-cranked or mechanical ice cream freezer.
2 cups sugar;
1 quart heavy cream;
1 quart half-and-half.
In a heavy cast-iron frying pan, stir the sugar over medium to low heat, until the sugar melts and becomes a deep amber color.
Turn heat down to the lowest possible setting and pour in 2 cups heavy cream. Cook and stir until the sugar is dissolved into the cream. Pour into a bowl.
Add the remaining 2 cups heavy cream and the half-and-half. Turn into a hand-cranked ice cream freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.