My daughter is really into baking lately, and baking desserts for that matter. As you are probably aware, I am not a desserts type of guy so I am pretty hands off when it comes to that expertise. However, I do encourage her to keep on trucking and coming up with new ideas when making cupcakes. With all of that being said, I do like making ice cream, and I wanted her to see how I make a no churn ice cream. She was already suspicious and asking questions when she saw a few ingredients laying on the counter top. This ice cream is not only way too easy to make, but it may be the best batch of ice cream I have made to date. Seriously. It reminded me of really good custard with a certain kick which I will get to in a bit.
Let’s get started.
- 1 pint of heavy cream
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 cardamon pods
- 3 whole star anise
- generous pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup of coffee beans
- 14 oz can of chocolate condensed milk
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- parchment paper
- bread pan
Start by adding the heavy cream, cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, coffee beans, and salt to a saucepan.
Bring this mixture to a simmer, and once you hit the simmer, turn it off the heat, and cover for about 45 minutes to let those aromatics steep.
After 45 minutes, strain the mixture and reserve the cream and discard the solids. Add the cream to a bowl, and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, getting it very cold but not frozen.
Next, get your mixer out and pour in the condensed milk and cocoa powder. Mix on medium speed until the cocoa powder is nice and incorporated.
Remove the cream from the freezer and pour into the condensed milk, mixing on medium speed for roughly 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a parchment paper lined bread pan, and place into the freezer for 5 hours or until you have a solid ice cream. When you are ready to serve, scoop out and dig in.
This ice cream is not only super smooth, but it was the best infusion, and one that has you trying to guess what those flavors are. Were my kids and wife impressed? You betcha. If you are looking for a great, and easy dessert, and one that is perfect on a hot day, this is it. Hope you enjoy!