Friday, January 18, 2013

Bi-Rite Creamery's Cara Cara Orange Cardamom Ice Cream

Okay, hold up. Stop right there. You need to try this. This is the most amazing ice cream flavor combination in the world. I stopped by Bi-Rite Creamery on my California road trip last summer and tried some of their ice cream. And while the texture and flavors were perfect, I didn't try anything that I would deem special. But that's because they didn't have this flavor as an option. The orange ice cream is creamsicle-esque, but the added punch of cardamom adds a very grown up undertone to this playful flavor. Seriously give it try.

Super simple recipe: Chop up 2 Tbsp cardamom pods and toast for two minutes in saucepan at medium heat, then add 1 3/4 cups heavy cream, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and a dash of salt. Heat until steaming, then remove from heat and let seep. While seeping, separate five eggs so that you have one bowl of yolks (reserve whites for another use, like macarons!). Slowly pour half of the cream mixture into the bowl of yolks, whisking constantly, then pour everything back into the saucepan. Continue to heat while stirring constantly until thickened. Stir in zest from one orange, then cool either in the fridge or via ice bath. Freeze using an ice cream machine.

Would I make this again? Not even a question

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