pink peppercorn ice cream

Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream

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pink peppercorn ice cream

I woke up one morning with this idea in my head for a pink peppercorn infused ice cream. I wanted something tangy with a hint of spice.

Technically, pink peppercorns aren’t “peppercorns” at all, but the dried berry of the Peruvian peppertree. They have a floral quality and a similar peppery quality like black peppercorns, but not nearly as intense. They also smell amazing… like rosebuds and pepper had a baby. A fragrant, delicious baby.

I knew I was pairing it with the roasted strawberry and salted caramel brownie, so I decided on a tangy sour cream base for the ice cream instead of a traditional egg custard base. It’s also a whole heck of a lot easier than making a custard base. Just whip all the ingredients together and throw them in your ice cream maker. Easy peasy!

You can find pink peppercorns at Whole Foods or any specialty spice shop. You can also find it on The Amazons.

pink peppercorn ice cream

You’ll need sugar, lemon, vanilla extract, heavy cream, sour cream and pink peppercorns (I found mine at Whole Foods).

pink peppercorn ice cream

Steep crushed pink peppercorns in the heavy cream. Be careful not to let the cream boil – it just needs to be hot and steamy for this.

pink peppercorn ice cream

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice.

pink peppercorn ice cream

Strain the heavy cream and pink peppercorn mixture through a sieve and add to the sour cream mixture. Combine and chill.

pink peppercorn ice cream

Freeze in an ice cream maker – I churned for 20 minutes. Place in an airtight container and freeze at least 6 hours.

pink peppercorn ice cream

Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. And VOILA! I served it with roasted strawberry and salted caramel brownies. Yee!

 

Pink Peppercorn Ice Cream

makes ~ 1 1/4 quarts

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp pink peppercorns, crushed
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Directions

In a small saucepan, gently heat the heavy cream and crushed pink peppercorns over medium heat until steamy. Don’t let it boil. Remove from heat and let the peppercorns steep in the heavy cream for one hour.

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, the juice of 1/2 a lemon and vanilla extract. Strain the heavy cream mixture into the sour cream and mix thoroughly.  Refrigerate until completely chilled (at least 2 hours).

Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions – I churned mine for 20 minutes.

Place in an airtight container and freeze until firm – at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours. Let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

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