Sensational 5 Spice Ice Cream

5 spice ice cream recipe

5 spice ice cream

This one’s for all you spice lovers. I’m a big fan of spices but wasn’t sure that the combination I wanted to combine were meant for ice cream. I’ll say from the start that the flavour is actually really good and I’d encourage anyone that’s sceptical to give it a try.

What I added to this 5 spice ice cream

The controversial spice I added was Pepper sichuan (or Szechwan). This spice is made from berries that have a warm peppery fragrance, with citrus notes. The aftertaste provides a slightly numbing sensation on the tongue. Sichuan is commonly used in stirfrys and other meat dishes – a far cry from ice cream. I also included cinnamon sticks, star anise, nutmeg and ground cloves.


5 Spice Sichuan Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 30 mins
Yields: 1L


  • 1 1/2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp skim milk powder
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Tbsp pepper Sichuan
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Add milk, cream, milk powder, sugar, salt and spices to a medium saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly, until milk is simmering.
  2. Remove liquid from heat and allow to cool then add to an airtight container and place in fridge over night to allow flavours to infuse.
  3. The next day, strain the liquid into a saucepan and cook on a medium heat until simmering.
  4. Meanwhile whisk yolks until light in colour then slowly pour 1 cup of the milk into the yolks while whisking.
  5. Pour egg mixture back into the milk whilst stirring constantly.
  6. Continue cooking until the liquid coats the back of a spoon. Don't allow it to boil.
  7. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, then allow to cool. Strain into an airtight container and place in fridge at least 3 hours.
  8. Churn as per manufacturers instructions then pour into container and freeze for 3 hours or until hardened.

Additional Info

Add some chilli with your other spices to give your ice cream an extra kick of heat.


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