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    Cardamom Ice Cream

    This can be served to dress up fruit tarts, pies and steamed puddings. It is particularly good with pears or steamed chocolate or ginger pudding

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 10 green cardamom pods
    • 425ml double cream
    • 6 organic egg yolks
    • 85g caster sugar

    Method

    1. Lightly crush the cardamom pods, tip them into a saucepan and mix in the cream. Set over a low heat, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Cover and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, find two large bowls, one of which will sit comfortably inside the other. Fill the larger bowl with ice and rest the smaller one on it. Set aside.
    3. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until they become pale and fluffy, then slowly stir in the cardamom cream. Return to a clean pan and place over a low heat. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the mix forms a thick custard. This will take between 10 and 20 minutes. Do not let the custard boil or leave it unattended at this stage, as it can easily split.
    4. As soon as it forms the thick custard, remove from the heat and tip into the bowl sitting on the ice. Keep stirring until it is tepid, then strain into a clean container, cover and chill.
    5. Once cold, process the custard in an ice-cream maker, according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can freeze it yourself, beating it thoroughly every hour or so, to ensure an even distribution of the ice crystals. This will take a good 6 hours and produces a more densely textured ice cream than one that has been churned in an ice cream machine. If using the following day, allow the ice cream to soften slightly in the fridge before serving.

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