Kampot pepper ice-cream with strawberries

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

"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."

  • 500 gm (2 punnets) strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
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  • 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
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.
NoteKampot peppercorns are available from Herbie’s Spices (herbies.com.au) and select Asian supermarkets.

Topics:

ICE-CREAM, CHEFS' RECIPES, MILK, CREAM, STRAWBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, ANCHOVY

Recipe:

THI LE

Photography:

MARK ROPER

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking 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 , suggested by ANDREW BARRY

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