Happy Birthday Christina!

May 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm (food, ice cream, recipes)

Here’s the recipe for Christina’s birthday ice cream! Oh yeah, she wants me to use nicknames for everyone. I’ll call her Cardamom Koala. Here’s the recipe for Cardamom Koala’s birthday ice cream.

The recipe is kinda based on bits and pieces from recipes in Perfect Scoop with some additional tweaking and guessing. It came out pretty well. My only complaint is that it was a little icy, but that was because of the pear. I definitely wouldn’t cut any of the pear, so maybe in the future, it would be better to add more egg yolks?

pear cardamom ice cream

Pear Cardamom Ice Cream

  • 3 pears, peeled, halved, and cored
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • little squeeze of lemon or lime juice
  • a small handful of cardamom pods, but adjust depending on how strong you want the cardomom flavor
  1. Mix the heavy cream and sugar in a pot. Heat the mixture until it is almost boiling but be careful to not let it boil. Throw in the cardamom pods and let it steep for an hour.
  2. Cover pears with water in a pot and cook until the pears are soft. I test that by sticking a knife in to see that it goes through easily.
  3. Puree the pears in a blender with lemon or lime juice. Pour the puree into the container that will eventually hold the final mixture and chill.
  4. After the cardamom is done steeping in the cream, remove the pods and save them. Reheat the cream and make custard with the heated cream and egg yolks.
  5. After the custard has thickened, pour the custard into the chilled pear puree. Add the reserved pods back in and chill the whole mixture. Don’t forget to take the pods out before you make the ice cream in the machine.

Christina, oops, Cardamom Koala, and I are cardamom buddies… I decided to make ice cream with cardamom for her birthday and because I was watering her plants and getting the mail for her, she independently got me some cardamom infused chocolate.


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