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Cardamom Ice Cream Win

The cardamom ice cream was a huge win. But I cheated... *laughs* I just used my own usual recipe and added cardemom pods instead of vanilla and it was perfect. But most of the ratios were the same as nannete's recipe for everything except the egg.

Jet ate the duck, with hoisin sauce on a flour tortilla quite happily. I got the mu shu done, and a monster of a fic done, and got a few cards out in the mail, and played with Jet and did homework with him when he was home... but that's about it. *laughs*

Of course, just in time for ice cream, the weather turned from sunny and warm to blowing snow. *laughs*



1 3/4 cups half and half (half milk and half cream) (~400 ml)
mixed with 1/4 cup sugar (~50 g castor sugar) and heated until the liquid was just steaming

I then pulverized 10 green cardamom pods (don't use the big black pods, they're good in coffee, but not this) and threw them in.

I beat 1 egg with another 1/4 cup of sugar until frothy and lemon yellow, but I was a little lazy in that I didn't beat them until foamy, just until they were well combined.

I poured some of the hot dairy into the egg, beating the egg while pouring that in in order to temper the egg, and then poured that back into the hot liquids. Then I brought it up to 180° F (~82 ° C), gradually, stirring a lot, and then I turned the fire off, put a lid on it and let it steep for about an hour. I put it through a sieve to get all the cardamom chunks out, and then fridged it until it was good and cold.

Put it in our little electronic ice cream maker and it was just gorgeous! Fragrant and rich with cardamom fragrance and flavor, and Jet couldn't eat it, he said, "It's too... rich for me."

He ate the duck, but he couldn't eat the ice cream. Instead, he ate the mint chip ice cream he'd saved his own money to buy (which I was pretty proud of him doing, actually) and left more for me, for tomorrow. *happy sigh* I really, really loved the results, though I might have put more milk into it to cut the richness a bit, and put a bit less sugar, but less sugar would have probably affected the way it froze and it froze smooth and wonderful. So maybe not. I didn't miss any more egg in the mixture. It was quite nice.
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Oh, that sounds absolutely delicious. I've had cardamom shortbread before, but that sounds like it would be fantastic.

I'm also intrigued by the notion of cardamom in coffee. Do you crush a few pods and put them in the filter with the coffee?
It was *wonderful*... the fragrance of it is just amazing...

I used to crush two green cardamom pods for a cup of coffee, but those two probably could go a long way in a pot. But, yeah, I put the crushed pod in the filter with the ground coffee, then I get the flavor and no Stuff. A single of the black Indian cardamom pods (it's smokier, woodier, blacker is the only way I can really describe it) will do a whole pot. I like two green in my Japanese vacuum pot... the green has a cleaner, creamier taste/feel to it and I really do like it better, but it's like four or five times the price of the black pods.

Classical Turkish coffee uses the green cardamom and lots of sugar with the fine grounds that settle to the bottom of the cup. That's where I got the idea... but it's a bit like having cream without the cream.... *laughs*
I added some cardamom to my coffee this morning (I happen to have a few ounces of green pods on hand - lucky me) and it is fabulous. It's floral without being perfumey/astringent if that makes any sense.

I can see this going very well with dessert, especially a honey-based one (makes notes for Easter dinner).
Oh that makes a lot of sense! Floral is a good description.

*grins at your plans* That sounds great!
I'm so pleased it turned out well! Going to have to try it here ASAP (and I won't tell hubby about the 'too rich' bit). Can't help but chuckle at the weather:)

Guess the ratios give you a great excuse to make it again in the spirit of experimentation, right?

About cardamom in coffee... that sounds so good.....
Absolutely! Anything for the sake of science! *laughs* Especially kitchen science...

Yeah... I love cardamom in coffee... it's nearly like having the cream without having to add any cream. *grins*

The black cardamom pods are HUGE compared to the green ones, so I think a single black pod will do a whole pot. I usually use two green ones for a mug (12oz) of coffee... oh! And I got the conversion wrong, or google did... it's actually 400 ml of half an half, not 350. Yeesh.

Cardamom for the win, period. What a wonderful flavor.
The ice cream sounds great.
*giggles* You'll have better luck finding it than I do, but I'm glad I can just make the stuff...