Nordic Cardamom Ice Cream!

"Cardamom Ice Cream is a delightful topping for Scandinavian fruited desserts, particularly apple desserts like Skånsk Äppelkaka or dried fruit soup ("sweet" soup), served either warm in winter or cold in the summer months. Found while reading an article on Nordic desserts! I LOVE cardamom! Cook time is prep time & freeze time is cook time. You'll see what I mean. :) Enjoy!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 45mins
1 pint




  • Allow egg yolks to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then whisk together with sugar until the mixture is lemon-yellow and creamy.
  • Whisk together the milk and the cream in a large saucepan. Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape the vanilla seeds into the liquid, then toss the vanilla bean halves in as well. Stir in the tablespoon of freshly ground cardamom.
  • Bring the milk to a low simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture reaches the scalding point, remove from the burner.
  • Slowly and gradually stir the warm milk into the egg yolks in a very light stream, whisking strongly to prevent the yolks from curdling. After all of the milk has been incorporated, strain the mixture through a fine sieve or colander back into the saucepan.
  • Set the burner to medium heat and cook the custard until it reaches a simmer and starts to thicken, about 8 minutes, stirring vigorously the entire time. When it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Finish the ice cream by placing the chilled cardamom mixture in an ice cream maker and freezing in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Alternatively, you can complete the ice cream in your freezer: just place it in the freezer for 20 minutes, remove and whisk strongly, return it back to the freezer for another 20 minutes, then repeat this process until the mixture has frozen into the proper consistency.

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  1. My wife loves cardamom so I found this recipe and made it for her. She can't get enough of it . In fact I made a batch last weekend and she's asked me to make another batch. No she did not eat it all by herself. It's a great flavor and it has a wonderful texture to the ice cream. I highly recommend making it yourself. 1 tip on freshly ground cardamom. You have to remove the seeds from the pods before you grind it. Maybe everyone knows this but I didn't. A mortar and pestel works best to grind the seeds. I tried it in a clean coffee grinder and the seeds just bounced around. They're too small to get effectively ground that way.
  2. Cardamom is a flavor that is common to Swedish dishes, but even if you are not having a Scandinavian menu, this is fantastic. With the eggs, this is much like a frozen custard. We loved it! To lighten the fat a bit I used half and half instead of the heavy cream and also used 2% milk rather than whole milk. We didn't notice any lightness, it tasted very decadent and just a perfect use of our new ice cream machine! Thanks for posting, made for ZWT #9!



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