Kampot pepper ice-cream with strawberries


"I love contrasting flavours and textures, such as fruit with salt and chilli, which is very South East Asian," says Anchovy chef Thi Le. "The pepper ice-cream offers this contrast of heat and sweetness. The roasty flavour of peppercorns with fresh fruit like strawberries or watermelon makes a great match. I'd been toying with the idea of a pepper ice-cream for a few years but it was not till I discovered kampot red peppercorns that the dessert really came to life."

You'll need

500 gm (2 punnets) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced 2 tbsp Grand Marnier 1 tsp caster sugar   Kampot pepper ice-cream 2-3 tsp kampot peppercorns, to taste 660 ml (2⅔ cups) milk 110 ml thickened cream 155 gm caster sugar 4 egg yolks

Method

  • 01
  • For kampot pepper ice-cream, dry-roast peppercorns in a saucepan over medium-high heat until fragrant (1½-2 minutes; see cook’s notes p200). Remove from pan, cool for 5 minutes, then finely grind in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a saucepan, add milk and cream and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, whisk sugar and egg yolks in a bowl until pale (30 seconds to 1 minute), then, whisking continuously, gradually add milk mixture. Return to pan over low heat and stir continuously until mixture reaches 82C on a sugar thermometer and just coats the spoon (10-15 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl placed over iced water and stir occasionally until chilled (1-1½ hours). Churn in an ice-cream machine and freeze until required. This is best served on the day it’s made.
  • 02
  • Combine strawberries, Grand Marnier and sugar in a bowl, and stand for strawberries to macerate and release juices (15-20 minutes). Serve strawberries with a scoop of kampot pepper ice-cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Additional Notes

Kampot peppercorns are available from Herbie’s Spices (herbies.com.au) and select Asian supermarkets.

Drink Suggestion

Wine suggestion Liquid Rock ’n’ Roll “Sweet Soul” Gewürztraminer Ice Wine 2014, King Valley – this ice wine-styled sticky has mountains of complexity, and classic Gewürz-like spice, plus a balance of ripe fruit intensity and underlying acidity

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Sep 2016

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