Orange Anise Ice Cream

With ice cream being one of my go-to desserts, I’m coming to appreciate what my favorites truly are and they all seem to have one thing in common: they’re spice flavored. There’s something fun and eye-opening for me when it comes to enjoying spices in this form. Today’s star of the show: anise.

Orange Anise Ice Cream

This ice cream was very tasty. I love anise (and anise flavored things), but toasted anise is something very different from normal anise that is hard to describe. Its still licoricey sweet, but less forward and with a light, spicy smoky character to it. I found it to be a wonderful flavor and it plays very well with citrus and in ice cream form, well, I was just smitten.

This recipe was derived from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop.

  • 2 tsp anise seeds
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ~3/4 cup sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp honey
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 6 egg yolks
  • Optional: candied citrus


Firstly, decide if you want to have chunks of candied citrus mixed into your ice cream. I had some handy from a previous dessert (recipe posted there), so it was convenient.

Begin by toasting the whole anise seeds in a dry pan over medium heat for roughly 2-3 minutes. They should let out a fantastic aroma. Add the milk, 1 cup of the heavy cream, sugar, honey, and orange zest. Scald the mixture and stir to dissolve the sugar and honey. Cover, remove from heat, and let this steep for an hour.

When time is up, strain the solids out of this mixture and return it to the pan. Warm this back up to medium heat.

Steep the cream with anise

Set up a bowl with the remaining 1 cup of cream in it, sitting in an ice bath with a strainer on top.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until lightened in color and temper with the hot mixture. Pour the yolks into the saucepan and stir constantly over medium heat. Cook until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (figure roughly 5 minutes).

Pour the cooked custard through the strainer into the chilled cream. Whisk this and let it cool down for a few minutes before covering tightly with plastic wrap and transferring to the fridge for several hours.

Orange Anise Ice Cream

With the custard sufficiently cool, churn in your ice cream maker per the instructions that came with it for roughly 20 minutes. Throw in the coarsely chopped candied citrus during the last minute to mix it into the ice cream (keep in mind, the pieces will firm up in the freezer, so be mindful of how big/small your pieces are).

Transfer this to the freezer overnight to firm up before you fill yourself a bowl. Enjoy!

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27 Responses to “Orange Anise Ice Cream”

  1. nina Says:

    You will find this hard to believe, but I am still intimidated with making my own ice-cream….no reason except maybe the fear of failure!!
    I like both flavors you have used here……toasted anise is heavenly!!!

  2. Sophie Says:

    MMMMM…Mike, I love the flavours!! well done!!

  3. deeba Says:

    YAY…good to see ice-cream back on the table again Mike. Beautiful flavours!

  4. Heather Says:

    ohhh. what a sophisticated ice cream!! it sounds delicious!

  5. sunita Says:

    Mike, you’re so good at making ice cream…what wonderful flavours :-)

  6. Hélène Says:

    Mike, another great treat. What a beauty. I love your ice creams. Don’t stop making them.

  7. clumbsycookie Says:

    I also love “spicy” ice creams! Lo ve how the cold ice cream can really makes aprecciate the flavour of the spice. I bet this was perfect!

  8. pam Says:

    I make a lemon anise biscotti that I really like. I bet this ice cream has a similar flavor. Yum! How’s your wife doing?

  9. Jan Says:

    Now that looks nice!……No that really looks GOOD!
    I’m loving the idea of anise!!

  10. Paula Says:

    WOW that sounds and looks fantastic!

  11. Ivy Says:

    What an interesting flavour. Wow, what else can we expect until the summer comes?

  12. Sandie Says:

    Love orange, but anise? Not so much. That said…this ice cream look enticing enough to give it another try. My curiosity is piqued!

  13. the caked crusader Says:

    I’ve only dipped my toe in ice cream making a couple of times and, while the results were ok, I’ve never come up with anything perfect. Your ice cream looks perfect!

  14. Peter Says:

    I love the flavours here…appeals to my Greek tastes…is it summer yet?

  15. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    Wow, that looks delicious! The photo is beautiful and I bet it tastes amazing (that is the ice cream…not the photo…)

  16. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy Says:

    This looks really nice, Mike! I’m intrigued by the anise in it. Although, my grandma used to mix it with citrus in baked goods all the time and we loved it. Besides, I never met an ice cream I didn’t like! 😉

  17. The Duo Dishes Says:

    This sounds like a great combination. Anything citrus is a winner.

  18. brilynn Says:

    I’m not a huge fan of anise, but you know how much I love ice cream, so I’m pretty sure I’d be a fan of this too…

  19. Dee Says:

    Both the orange chicken and ice cream look and sound fantastic. Oddly enough, I made a roast chicken with oranges and star anise for dinner last night. The skies are grey and a little orange really seemed to brighten the day.

  20. Bunny Says:

    We’re both on an orange kick Mike! I love anything orange! Your pictures a fantastic!

  21. RecipeGirl Says:

    You sure like your ice cream :) You’re good at making it. I’m not a big fan of anise-flavored things, but my husband is. Might be nice to surprise him w/ something like this. I have a sorbet on my agenda for today!

  22. Aparna Says:

    Good to see ice-cream here again, Mike. I love spiced ice-creams and its perfect weather here for this, with temperatures slowly inching up.

  23. Jude Says:

    Almost time for ice cream. I know where to look for more adventurous ice creams that suit my tastes :)

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  25. Debbie Says:

    I made this today, well sort of. I made orange cardamon ice cream using this recipe as a guide. I had made an anise ice cream yesterday.

    As orange and anise are a natural flavour pairing, the two ice creams were fantastic together.

  26. Gregory Says:

    Your stitchery wall hainngg is lovely. Brrr ice fishing looks way too cold for this little Aussie…I think staying home and stitching is a much better idea.

  27. Davinia Says:

    daughter has the idea that reading the neawspper or a book is not relaxing for me. I must watch television, but it must be a show of her choosing. I was just out weeding the raspberry patch (weeds higher than my head. In Seattle if you turn around for 5 minutes giant weeds sprout up out of every surface and threaten to engulf the house) and my daughter and her girlfriend called me in for a special treat. Out of the corner of my eye I saw that every surface of the kitchen was covered with supplies; the floor had what looked like bloody (hopefully raspberry juice) footprints on it; sink was full of dishes. They sat me at the table, and using her best announcer voice (combo of Inspector Clouseau and Inspector Who) served me a raw kale salad dressed with olive juice, plain water colored dark blue with cherries (unpitted) in it, and a freezer-burned yogurt pop and room temperature chocolate-strawberry-raspberry milkshake (I’m dairy intolerant). As I plowed through the special treat, they serenaded and danced. And then they left me with the dishes. Because that’s very relaxing. And special.

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