Make Ahead

Orange Cardamom Ice Cream

January  8, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes 1 quart
Author Notes

For my birthday last January, I decided to make a chocolate-orange birthday cake with orange ice cream. This is a recipe I adapted from Gourmet. I've made it with both allspice and ground cardamom, and I love the flavor and fragrance of the cardamom--and it goes particularly well with my chocolate-orange birthday cake. The Cointreau ups the orange flavor and keeps the ice cream from freezing too hard. January may be too cold for ice cream, but it's a great time for citrus. —drbabs

What You'll Need
  • 2 large oranges, preferably organic
  • 2 cups half and half (or 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup whole milk)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  1. Finely grate 2 tablespoons zest from oranges, then halve oranges and squeeze enough juice to measure 1/2 cup.
  2. Bring half and half, agave nectar, a pinch of salt, and orange zest to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, then remove from heat and let steep 30 minutes.
  3. Beat together yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until thick and pale, about 1 minute. Add half and half mixture in a stream, whisking constantly until combined well. Pour mixture into same saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon and registers 175°F on thermometer (Don't let it boil). Remove from heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Refrigerate till cold.
  4. Stir in orange juice and ground cardamom and freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Freeze for 2 hours before serving. (Or soft-serve it right away!)

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21 Reviews

Erica March 11, 2016
Thanks for replying. I've made a fair amount of ice cream but haven't tried Jeni's base despite all its rave reviews. I'm going to play w/ this flavor combo ( have not loved oranges for yrs and now I can't stop making anything and everything orange) and I'll let you know how it goes. Again, thanks!
Erica March 10, 2016
So, has anyone else actually made this ice cream? I want to make it NOW! but wonder if there are any tips? Would honey work instead of agave? The picture looks a bit soft....but I get that it might be w/ the Cointreau. Inquiring minds......
drbabs March 10, 2016
Hi Erica. Thanks for the question. I posted this recipe 5 years ago, and you're right, the ice cream does look soft in the photo. I may have taken the picture while it was still in the ice cream maker. I don't remember. I don't really make Ice cream this way anymore. I use the ice cream base created by Jeni Britton Bauer. She posted it on Food52--- here it is:

I'd suggest you use that base and add the flavorings as described in the recipe for a very creamy ice cream that holds up well.
indieculinary June 3, 2013
Yum! I'm on a cardamom kick at the moment so this is right up my alley.
ChefJune May 31, 2013
I had some Orange and Cardamom ice cream at Bi_Rite Creamery in San Francisco this spring, and have been trying to duplicate the taste ever since. How come I didn't know this recipe was here???? Making it this weekend. I have everything I need in the house! So fab!!
drbabs May 31, 2013
Thanks, June! I hope you enjoy it.
fiveandspice January 18, 2012
Um, yum!!!! I am so glad we have an ice cream maker now!!!
Sundayinthekitchen January 29, 2011
This sounds like the perfect winter ice cream! I love the touch of Cointreau.
drbabs February 1, 2011
Thank you!
testkitchenette January 28, 2011
Hello deliciousness. I want a scoop of this with hard chocolate sauce on it, stat!
drbabs February 1, 2011
Don't you live on Long Island? We should plan a Food52 gathering in the spring.
testkitchenette February 1, 2011
I do live on Long Island drbabs! We should plan a Food52 gathering, that would be amazing!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 28, 2011
This looks wonderful! Saved it to try it!!
drbabs January 28, 2011
thanks--i really love orange and cardamom together.
TheWimpyVegetarian January 28, 2011
I agree! And cardmom, orange and chocolate is the trifecta!!
AppleAnnie January 13, 2011
I can't wait to make this. And do you think it would made a nice sundae with chocolate ice cream (if there isn't time to make your cake)?
drbabs January 28, 2011
Sorry, Apple Annie; I just saw this! Yes, I think that would be great!
Ginger's K. January 8, 2011
Happy birthday, drbabs! From all of us gathered in Austin, we love your recipe. We are busy making apple salads.
drbabs January 8, 2011
Yes, I noticed, and I have become your first fan! I love all your salads--wish I were in Austin cooking with you!
melissav January 8, 2011
Sounds great! Not too cold here in FL for ice cream and my fridge is overflowing with oranges so this is a "must try." And Happy Birthday!
drbabs January 8, 2011
Thank you! And lucky you! We're surrounded by snow with more on the way!