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Star Anise Ice Cream with Poached Fruit

Ice cream comes in a lot more than 32 flavors--try this star anise-infused version for something really different. Topped with poached dried plums and pears, it will make you forget all about plain old vanilla!

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Prep Time   15 minutes Cook Time   20 minutes Serves  10

Ingredients

Star Anise Ice Cream:

2 cups whipping cream
2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
9 whole star anise pods
6 whole cloves
9 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Poached Fruit:

2 cups port wine
2 cups water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
6 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves, tied in cheesecloth
2 medium Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
1 cup (about 6 ounces) pitted dried plums


Directions

Star Anise Ice Cream:

In heavy medium saucepan, combine cream, milk, sugar, star anise and cloves; heat to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour. Pour through strainer to remove star anise and cloves; return cream mixture to pan. Heat until hot. In medium bowl, whisk egg yolks to blend. Gradually whisk in hot cream mixture; return to pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon or reaches 170ºF, stirring constantly. (Do not boil). Pour through strainer into clean bowl; stir in vanilla. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or until cold. Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

Poached Fruit:

In medium saucepan, combine port, water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves; bring to a boil. Add pears and dried plums. Return to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until pears are tender. Using slotted spoon, remove fruit from pan; set aside. Bring remaining liquid to a boil; cook until mixture is reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Remove and discard cinnamon and cloves. Return fruit to pan; heat through. Serve over ice cream.

Recipe created by Joanne Weir.


Nutrition Facts

Calories
425
Cholesterol
260mg
% of Calories from Fat
49%
Total Fat
23g
Sodium
54mg
Carbohydrate
38g
Protein
6g
Fiber
2g
Potassium
339mg

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