Have any of you read the “Tiger’s Curse” series? It’s like a mash-up of Indiana Jones and Twilight, minus the vampires. Insert two 300-year-old Indian princes (from the sub-continent of India, not American Indians which were originally mistaken as Indians from the sub-continent of India) who have been cursed, and the girl who tries to lift the curse. If you haven’t guessed already, the curse is that the men were changed into tigers. However, they do get 24 minutes of each day to be men. And when they are men, they remind me of this ice cream. Mysterious, multi-faceted, alluring, captivating. If you read the books, you will know what I mean. Or you can eat this ice cream and also know what I mean.
I was actually inspired to make this ice cream by a Celestial Seasonings tea called “Bengal Spice” with, oddly enough, a picture of a tiger on the box. So now we’ve come full circle. Like the tea, this ice cream has vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and just a sprinkle of black pepper.
Time Commitment: Medium
Health Benefits of Ingredients: (Please see the Disclaimer)
Pure Vanilla activates chemicals in the brain that reduce inflammation and improve mental performance. (See “Using Vanilla to Increase Your Mental Performance“).
Cardamom has been used to treat digestive issues such as heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and constipation. It has also been used in treatments for the common cold, cough, and bronchitis. (See “Cardamom: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings“).
Cinnamon may help fight fungal infections, diabetes, help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, and lower the negative effects of high-fat meals. (See “Cinnamon: Health Benefits, Research, Risks“).
Ginger has been shown to relieve gastrointestinal irritation, relieve nausea and vomiting, reduce menstrual pain, and reduce inflammation. (See “Ginger: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information“).
Cloves have the highest anti-oxidant properties of any spice. (See “Cloves Are the Best Natural Antioxidant“).
Nutmeg is good for your brain, helping to eliminate fatigue and stress and improve concentration. It is also good for oral health because of its antibacterial properties. Nutmeg has also been shown to help prevent and dissolve kidney stones. (See “7 Health Benefits Nutmeg Provides“).
I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker
- 2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1 c. milk
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- pinch of black pepper
- Mix milk and spices in microwave-safe container and microwave on high for one minute.
- Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add vanilla and cream. Mix well and chill for about two hours.
- Add to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Transfer to an airtight container and freeze.