Wednesday 30 June 2010

Pink Peppercorn Strawberry Ice Cream

You're going to have to wait for the elderflower recipes, however yummy they are. This ice cream is very, very good.  I had to share. 

Before making this recipe, I had never appreciated pepper. It's just something you grind on top, just 'seasoning'.  This made me think again about pepper as a flavour in itself, not just as a flavour enhancer. 

I couldn't find pink peppercorns on their own here, so I had to buy a mixture of black, white, green and pink and then pick them out. I don't think they were the best quality but they still made magic. 

I had heard of strawberry and pepper combinations before, but not really taken any notice. Then I saw this recipe and thought I would give it a go. I'm so glad I did.  It's very difficult to describe. There's a big hit of intense strawberry at first taste, then the creaminess takes over, all with something unusual you can't put your finger on, then suddenly in the last phase as it melts off your tongue, you get the pepper. 

The original recipe was for no-churn and involved whipped egg whites. I decided to take out the egg whites and add more cream. I left it overnight in the fridge to develop the flavours and really chill it, then sieved the bigger bits of strawberry out before churning it. I then folded them back in, after slightly squishing them.  I also swapped stem ginger syrup for fresh ginger - if you would rather use that, it's about 1.5 tbsp you need to add. 

We got a little too overexcited and so ate our scoops before it had truly hardened up in the freezer, hence the slightly melty photos (I apologise in general for the photos too, they're not quite right today). On mine I crushed a few more peppercorns over the top. Divine. 

Update: I'm currently updating this recipe - it'll be back soon.


  1. hmm...interesting. I think I may have a go at that!

  2. I love your photos!!!!!! I too have seen many recipes for strawberries and pepper but I've always stayed well away. You're ice cream looks fantastic but I'm not sure I'm ready to venture to the dark side just yet .... but I might consider it lol

  3. ooh wow this sounds different, i love strqawberry ice cream, i bet the pepper gives it a good kick

  4. Mmm I love a good strawberry ice cream and yours looks delicious! Must get my hands on some pink peppercorns so I can try this combination :)

  5. beautiful- and i love the addition of ginger.

  6. looks like i will have to add that to my list

  7. I think this is a great idea. I love non traditional ice creams.

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    Oh my, this sounds like an exquisite combination of flavors! Can't wait to give it a try. Yum!

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