Coffee Walnut Cardamom Ice Cream

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This rich and decadent Coffee Walnut Cardamom Ice Cream is a delicious and refreshing dessert.

This post was originally published in July 2015. I have taken and uploaded new photos while the blog post and recipe remain unchanged. 

Summer is such a beautiful time for all these delicious, succulent, and so bright desserts! Galettes, crumbles, tarts, and other good things are happening right now in many kitchens. Perhaps, you have stopped by this post while baking another Pavlova, haven’t you? Ahah, I knew that! But there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

However, this summer I’ve decided to be concentrating basically on cold desserts. Maybe with a few exceptions, though, but so far I’ve baked only once. Not only ice cream, sorbet, and dessert soups are refreshing and the best on any hot days,  but also they’re a good option to juggle if you’re searching for healthier choices.

So as you might have seen, I’ve already posted a number of chilled desserts, and there is still a lot to go! But let’s be honest it’s easier to create a healthy sorbet or fruit soup rather than ice cream. But I will keep trying:)

But anyway I’ve decided I would be choosing for soups and sorbets most of this summer and making ice cream just a very few times. Generally, I’m sticking to my rule. Or not. I mean I’ve already made 3 kinds of ice cream, and this is just the mid of sum. Perhaps, I’ve got a peculiar understanding of the word ‘few’. Something like 10-12:)

Just kidding, though. But the bottom line is since I’ve set up this limitation, I should be choosing ice cream combos and flavors carefully.

They definitely have to be those I’ve never tried before. Preferably, they should be sophisticated. Not weird but elegant.

Since I’ve been in love with cardamom recently, I decided incorporating it in ice cream would make it sophisticated. Plus a good amount of the strong coffee, vanilla extract, and golden sugar to accentuate the gorgeous cardamom flavor. And sure  some a lot of nuts and chocolate. Because ice cream with no chocolate and nuts just doesn’t make much sense in our family.

I’ve opted for roasting and caramelizing the walnuts in some butter and maple syrup to add more crunchiness and flavor, but this is totally up to you! You can choose milk or semi-sweet chocolate (dark chocolate works better with coffee and cardamom, in my book), white chocolate or even don’t include it at all. You won’t be doing that, I believe. Because not adding any chocolate should be considered a serious food crime.

There’s one thing, folks. Thanks to adding a lot of liquid, this ice cream will remain quite soft. It will be hard after a few hours in the fridge, but once served, it will be melting fast. That won’t stop you from making it, right folks?

Because this Coffee Walnut Cardamom Ice Cream is a very elegant dessert, with a few harmonious flavors going on in the background.

Just please don’t count all the calories and fats. We’ll do it next time when I post another salad or fruit soup, all right?

What about you, guys? Do you like cardamom? Have you ever added it in ice cream and other desserts? What’s your favorite ingredient to go with cardamom?

27 thoughts on “Coffee Walnut Cardamom Ice Cream

  1. Roosh says:

    This is a great recipe! Thank you :) However, I couldn’t find when to add the coffee to the mix in the instructions, I added it with the cream. Tastes amazing, I am certain this will be a hit with friends and family.

  2. Rayyan says:

    Hi Ben! A humble thanks from me to you for this great recipe. Because by using this recipe I give a surprise birthday gift to my friend’s party and got lots of accolade from my friends. here I’m using the espresso shot from my personal home espresso machine to making this Awesome “Coffee Walnut Cardamom Ice Cream”

  3. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    I love you and all your sophisticated food shenanigans, Ben! This ice cream certainly is you! So of course I LOVE it! Talk about flavorful! Coffee Walnut AND Cardamom IN Ice Cream? Dang! Yummy! I love that you roasted the walnuts- heck yea to that! Hate to tell you, though, that I will be skipping the chocolate. Not because I want to commit any food crime, but because I prefer to be able to breath. And not die. You will have to forgive me and my allergy. ;) hope you have a great weekend! Cheers!!!
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