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Fennel Ice Cream

Makes about 1 quart
  • Active Time:30 min
  • Start to Finish:2 1/2 hr
October 2007
We love this cool vehicle for fennel seed on its own, and we venture it would also boost any other fruit-based dessert as beautifully as it does the pear crisps.
  • 1 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • Equipment:

    an ice cream maker
  • Bring cream and fennel seeds just to a simmer in a small heavy saucepan, then cover and let steep about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring.
  • Whisk together yolks and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl, then add milk mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Return mixture to medium saucepan and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon and registers 175ºF on an instant-read thermometer (do not let boil). Immediately strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl, then quick-chill by setting bowl in an ice bath and stirring occasionally until cool, about 15 minutes.
  • Strain fennel cream through fine-mesh sieve into custard, pressing on solids. Continue to chill in ice bath until custard is very cold, then freeze in ice cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, about 1 hour.
Cooks' notes: Custard with fennel cream can be chilled, covered, in refrigerator up to 24 hours.
Ice cream keeps 1 week.