Ras-el-Hanout Ice-Cream with Grilled Almonds (Moroccan Series # 9)
Do you ever feel like shouting, “Look what I made!”? I so wanted to when I first savoured a spoon of this exotic ice-cream. You see, I finally bought an ice-cream maker this summer, and couldn’t wait to try this recipe. As I mentioned before, I have been cooking my way through Elizabeth Bard’s, “Picnic In Provence”. She and her husband are the owners of Scaramouche Ice-Cream shop in Paris and she created this recipe as an homage to her husband’s Moroccan heritage. Ras-el-Hanout is the iconic spice mix of Morocco and is used to flavour various tagines or couscous. But in ice-cream? Well, it is sublime!
I have to be honest with you… the first time I made it, I added garlic to the ras-el-hanout mix. Well, the fragrance was a bit curious, but we all scarfed the ice-cream down in one sitting. The second time around, I eliminated the garlic and everything about it was divine. This ice-cream would be gorgeous with a warm, apple pie. I served it with pumpkin pie and it was to die for.
I will be sharing this post with my buddies at Fiesta Friday, co-hosted by Mollie @ FrugalHausFrau, and Johanne @ French Gardener Dishes; Throwback Thursday; Foodie FriDIY, and Saucy Saturdays.
Ras-el-Hanout Ice-Cream with Grilled Almonds
1/3 cup sliced almonds
4 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
2 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons ras-el-hanout
Toast the almond slices in a small frying pan, until golden. Remove from the frying pan to a plate and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until a light lemon yellow. Set aside.
Prepare an ice bath – a large mixing bowl full of ice cubes. Set aside. Find your fine mesh strainer and leave it near the ice bath.
Pour the milk and cream into a medium saucepan and add the ras-el-hanout. Heat over a low flame, until it is just about to boil. Turn off the flame, then slowly add the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking quickly and continuously to combine.
Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring continuously until the cream coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
Immediately pour the custard through the fine-mesh strainer back into the mixing bowl. Cool briefly in the ice bath, whisking for a few minutes until the cream has cooled a bit. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, if possible for 24 hours to allow the flavours to develop. Freeze in your home ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After churning, mix in the toasted almonds. Freeze in an airtight container for an hour or two before serving.
Keeps about a week, but in terms of texture, it is the best if it is eaten the day that it is churned.
Ras-el-Hanout Spice Mix
Ras-el-Hanout is the defining flavour of Morocco. It is known as the country’s “National Spice Mix”. The name actually means “heap of the shop” or “top of the shop” and every household and spice vendor will have their own recipe. The constants are coriander, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and some form of heat in the way of chiles and pepper. This recipe is based on the one given in “Mourad: New Moroccan” by Mourad Lahlou. He used a number of spices that I didn’t have, so I left them out. His recipe also calls for garlic powder. I used this in my first recipe for the ice-cream, but the second time I made it, I eliminated the garlic and it made a much nicer spice mix for the ice-cream.
Ras-el-Hanout Spice Mix
Whole spices to be toasted: Measure these and put them in a medium heavy frying pan or cast-iron skillet.
3 tablespoons coriander seeds
1½ tablespoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons lemon peel
1¼ teaspoons fennel seeds
14 allspice berries
½ teaspoon caraway seeds
One 1½-inch piece cinnamon stick broken into pieces
10 green cardamom pods, shelled and seeds reserved
½ teaspoon peppercorns
2 black cardamom pods, shelled and seeds reserved
¼ teaspoon whole mace
1 chile de arbol
8 whole cloves
1 star anise
Whole spices you won’t toast: Measure them and put them in a bowl.
3 teaspoons dried rosebuds
½ teaspoon brown mustard seeds
Ground spices: Measure these and stir them together in a separate bowl.
2 ¼ teaspoons powdered ginger
2 ½ teaspoons grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon citric acid
Place the toasting spices in a medium frying pan over medium heat and toast gently until they are fragrant. This should take about 4 – 5 minutes. They will begin to smoke and smell nutty, but should not burn. It is better to under-toast them rather than burn them, as they will become bitter. Once they have toasted, remove them to a piece of parchment paper. Do not leave them in the frying pan, as they will continue to toast.
Add the first and second group of spices to your spice grinder and grind until they are finely powdered. Place them in a bowl and add the last group of spices and mix them all well. Store in a glass jar.
45 Responses to “Ras-el-Hanout Ice-Cream with Grilled Almonds (Moroccan Series # 9)”
this sounds absolutely fantastic! now i only have to find a way to not mess up the ras-el-hanout 😉
Now worries, the spice mix is so easy to make! 😀
Wow! I was prepared to be dubious when I saw the title appear in my inbox, but reading your post and thinking about the flavours, I can imagine it’s a really warm, autumnal/winters taste. Great!!!
Me too, Elaine! But I am always up for a challenge, and something just told me it was going to be amazing! It was soooo good that I will make it again often! 😀
This sounds so intriguing! I’ve never heard of these spices being used in ice cream but that doesn’t make me one bit less interested to know how they taste. It does seem like it would go perfectly with a carb-y fall dessert. Very nice 😀
Hey Jess, well I wouldn’t want to give you guys all a bad recipe ! 🙂 But trust me, this has fall all over it! Happy weekend to you!
This looks absolutely beautiful, Julianna. You are so creative!
Hey Josette! Glad you like this! Wish I could take the credit for the recipe itself, but Elizabeth Bard has so many wonderful recipes in her books! 😀
Absolutely stunning dear!
Thanks so much! 😀
I will definitely try this one. And thanks for including the spice recipe.
Hey Hilda! Nice to hear from you! Are you taking a break these days? Well, the original recipe had some other ingredients that would add to the complexity of the spice mix, but I found that this recipe really lends itself well to the ice-cream. I am going to try it in some savoury recipes next… a nice tagine I think!
Oh my this looks unbelievable good. Big fan of the book too. Such an amazing combination of spices, this ice cream would have complex layers of flavor. Pairing it with pumpkin pie is just brilliant. Did you save me some?
Hahah! There is a big plate with your name on it, waiting for you, Johanne! 😀
Very creative!! And we’ll captured on frames!!
Thanks so much, Sumith! 😀
oh wow…this looks and sounds divine!
Thanks so much, Zeba! I really love this recipe and am really happy to share it with everyone! 😀
Good thing I can buy the mix already prepared as there sure are a lot of ingredients. Looks yummy though 🙂
Thanks so much, Judi! Yes, I guess that I neglected to mention that in my post! I just got really carried away with all of the excitement and I do love making my own spice mixes! 😀
I’m a HUGE fan of unique ice cream flavors. Can’t wait to try this!
I hope you do try this, Morgan! Let me know what you think 🙂
That ice-cream sounds so rich and then the spices on top of it! Amazing! Happy FF!!
Hey Mollie, thanks so much!
I love ice cream and this one looks and sounds delish!
Thanks Julie! It was really delicious! 😀
An ice cream with the exotic flavors of Morocco? Bring it on Juliana? How pretty unusual and tempting at the same time! It’s great trying out recipes that you would not even dream of. Yours turned out truly wonderful, those layers of deliciousness had to have been slowly devoured to taste the goodness in its entirety. Well done my friend 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, Loretta! 😀
wow fantastic recipe !!!! thank you 🙂
what a gorgeous recipe! I bought an ice cream machine but have only done it a few times, by far not enough! I love this twist, it sounds and looks yummy! 🙂 Have a great week! 🙂
Ras el hanout in ice cream?! You’re killing me!! I need to pay closer attention to you, Julianna. A lot CLOSER!! Coz you’ve been churning out unbelievable recipes, one after another, ALL jaw dropping super duper creative! And for that, you must be punished! By cohosting FF! Pick your week 😄😄
You are too funny, Angie! But of course I would love to co host! Any week in October, just not the 21st. Or you can put me in Nov. 18 or 25th… Let me know 😊
Ok, you’re in for Oct 14 aaand…again for Nov 25, how’s that?! Please say yes! 😘😘
No worries, Angie! I will take both of those dates. I haven’t co-hosted for awhile now, so it will be fun! Have a nice weekend?😊
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These ingredients sound delicious together, I especially love the Moroccan spice mix!
Thanks so much, Monika! I was really excited about the outcome of this ice-cream! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Happy weekend to you ! 😀
Oh my gosh! Do I need an ice cream maker or can I try this recipe without? A friend just gifted me some ras el hanout!
Hi Juliana thanks for introducing Ras-el-Hanout. You are very creative in cooking. Thanks for this share.
Ooooh, served over pumpkin pie! That’s my kinda ice cream! YUM!
This looks delicious!
What an amazing idea! I must give this a try
Wow. This looks amazing. I’m on the prowl now for almond recipes. I don’t remember if I invited you to my virtual ice cream party in honor of International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, but if you come, could you bring this? Yum!