When I set September’s BSFIC theme as Spices I thought people would find it easy to think of ideas. Not onlyis vanilla the queen of ice cream spices, there’s also anise, cardamom, chilli, cinnamon, ginger, mustard, paprika, pepper and saffron, to name just a few!
To my surprise, people said they found it hard to decide what to make!
And yet every entry looks delicious!
My own entry for the challenge was this delicioius Sichuan Pepper Ice Cream which I made with the help of my friend Monica during a weekend visit to her beautiful rural cottage. Having taken along a jar of my homemade candied clementines, I wanted to make an ice cream that would complement them well. Sichuan is part of the citrus family, and when you infuse it in custard, it releases a wonderful and unique citrus flavour. It was really wonderful and one I’d definitely make again.
Milliepaw, who writes Kitchen Princess Diaries, has always loved aniseed, from childhood memories of aniseed balls to adult ones of Pernod shots! She made a subtle but lovely Star Anise Ice Cream which she served with pears poached in dessert wine with a butter caramel, flambéed with Pernod!
Laura, author of How To Cook Good Food, loves spices so much she found it hard to decide which ones to use. In the end, a supermarket punnet of plums helped her settle on her final recipe, a Roasted Plum, Strawberry & Five Spice Ice Cream. It’s a great one for those who don’t like making custard as it involves pureeing the fruit and combining with cream before churning.
Having already been present when I made the Sichuan pepper ice cream, Monica of Smarter Fitter went all out to make a delicious ice cream inspired by the fruits of the orchard just outside her front door. Her Apple Pie Ice Cream with Stem Ginger features an apple puree spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and stem ginger and a crunchy crumble churned into a classic vanilla custard.
Alicia aka Foodycat says ice cream is her favourite dessert. Judging by her Triple Ginger & Nectarine Ice Cream I can see why! She used an egg, mascarpone and cream base that she’s already discovers gives a very rich finish, not too sweet and with a lovely texture. Keen to combine ginger and seasonal fruit, she decided on nectarines when she found some beautiful white ones on sale. The ginger comes in the form of ground ginger, crystallised ginger and King’s Ginger Liqueur.
Claire cooks in her kitchen Under The Blue Gum Tree. For her entry she took inspiration from a classic South African dessert, and made a Milk Tart Ice Cream. Alongside the traditional cinnamon, Claire added cardamom and nutmeg to enrich the flavours. To give a contrasting texture, she made some cinnamon and nutmeg pastry twists to serve alongside.
The Little Loaf blog is well known for making readers salivate and Kate has done it again with her latest post. To go with her sticky cider pecan cakes, she made some Cinnamon Ice Cream (and a salted caramel sauce). Her aim was to lift the cupcake from a clichéd little cake covered in "teeth-itchingly sweet icing". I think she definitely succeeded!
This is Maria’s first entry into BSFIC, posted on her blog Box of Stolen Socks. It’s a good one; her Saffron & Cardamom Ice Cream has a delicate and exotic taste and an added crunch from pistachios. Like the condensed milk challenge in July, this recipe neither requires making a custard, nor churning, so is a great choice for anyone looking for a simple method that delivers great flavours.
She sneaked in just before the deadline again! Having won a Zoku machine in August’s BSFIC, Jennie from All The Things I Eat must have had lollies on the brain. She made not one but two "spicecreams" including Saffron Yoghurt Lollies and Strawberry & Black Pepper Lollies.
Edit: I just want to share the link to Donna’s Apple Pie Ice Cream. She missed the deadline, but it’s another great post so I want you to see it. I also love that my two American friends have both gone down a similar path in their thought processes!
As is so often the case, I really struggled to pick a winner this month.
I’m awarding first prize to Claire (Under The Blue Gum Tree) as I really liked the way she took inspiration from her traditional milk tart recipe, a popular South African dessert and turned those flavours into an ice cream. Send me your address by email, Claire and I’ll ask Reaktion Books to get your copy of Laura Weiss’ Ice Cream: A Global History out to you as soon as possible.
I’ve also decided to give a second prize to Monica (Smarter Fitter) as her apple, ginger and crumble concoction really made me salivate. I also really liked all the photos in her post, which showed the ingredients, the apple puree and crumble and the finished ice cream. So Monica, I’m going to send you my copy of the book, as I’ve now read it and enjoyed it and am happy to pass it onwards.
Well done to both of you, thanks again to all who entered and keep your eyes open for October’s theme, coming soon!