The Secret Ingredient (Black Pepper) Part III: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

RECIPE: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce
Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

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There was a point in the last few years when the combination of strawberry and black pepper became quite trendy. In fact, I believe the reason I got into business school is because I wrote a strawberry-black pepper tart recipe for my interviewer. Except I never tried it! Never tried the tart, never tried the combination.

So here, I tried a riff on my favorite—strawberries and cream. Buy some sweet cream ice cream, and quickly stew together strawberries and black pepper. What was I missing all this time! The sauce is sweet, but it stings your tongue like little black pepper pop rocks. Poured over the sweet cream ice cream, this 5-minute dessert becomes unusual and sophisticated. The black pepper is like a secret agent, enacting a covert op under a thick, sweet, red cover, taking the sauce from standard to exceptional.

Which does prove the point, sometimes trends are worth following. (Next up will be that strawberry-black pepper tart!)

Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce
serves 4

Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper SauceINGREDIENTS

  • 1 pint sweet cream or vanilla ice cream
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 12 turns on the peppermill of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water

PROCEDURE

Take the ice cream out of the freezer to soften.

In a food processor, combine strawberries, black pepper, sugar, orange juice, and water.  Pulse until almost smooth, but with a few chunks left in the mixture.  Pour the mixture into a medium saucepot.  Turn the heat to medium, and bring to a bubble.  Simmer until the mixture comes together as a sauce, and slightly thickens—about 4 minutes.  Set aside to cool to room temperature, or just a touch warmer.

Spoon 4 large ice cream scoops of sweet cream ice cream into 4 bowls.  Pour the cooled strawberry-pepper sauce over the ice cream, and top with a simple cookie.  Serve immediately.

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Categories: 15 Minutes, Desserts, Easy, Eat, Frozen, Fruit, Recipes, Series, The Secret Ingredient, Vegetarian

2 Responses to The Secret Ingredient (Black Pepper) Part III: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Strawberry Black Pepper Sauce

  1. Thank goodness for that tart ! This looks beautiful, and so easy too… it would be great for unexpected guests. Strawberries are lovely with quite a few interesting flavours – balsamic vinegar, basil…

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