Fennel ice-cream recipe

Seriously good: Try fennel ice-cream with a chocolate dessert.
Seriously good: Try fennel ice-cream with a chocolate dessert. Photo: Edwina Pickles

It may sounds a little odd, but fennel goes very well with chocolate. Try this luscious ice-cream with a comforting chocolate winter pudding and you'll be convinced.


8 yolks

180g castor sugar

200g chopped fennel including tops

1 tbsp roasted fennel seeds

475ml milk

475ml cream

60ml liquid glucose

20ml pernod


1. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks and sugar.

2. Put the fennel, seeds, milk, cream, glucose and pernod in a saucepan, bring almost to the boil then remove from heat leave to infuse for one hour.

3. Return to the boil, strain into a large jug, then pour and whisk into the yolks.

4. Return the mix to the saucepan and heat gently while stirring until it thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

5. Strain into a bowl, chill then churn in an ice-cream machine.

Serve with: The Blue Ducks' chocolate and burnt orange bread and butter pudding. It's a delicious flavour combination!