Licorice Ice Cream – Perfection Thermomix Style

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Homemade licorice ice cream is the best!!! It is absolute perfection! Rich, thick, creamy Thermomix ice cream which tastes even better than a gourmet ice cream parlour.  

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There are some recipes that I would never attempt without the Thermomix. French style, custard-based ice cream is definitely not a recipe for the faint hearted but the Thermomix makes it manageable. The ability to make an ice cream base in the Thermomix was the feature which sold me on my first TM5.

I’m sure you’re wondering why ice cream making is so difficult. It’s actually not difficult to make if you can keep the mixture at the precise temperature required, and you stir the mixture constantly. That’s why the Thermomix excels at making ice cream!

There are a lot of different ice cream making techniques but I tend to really enjoy the rich French style custard-based ice-creams. This method is most suited to rich heavy flavours like chocolate, salted caramel, cookies and cream and this amazing licorice ice cream. The rich custard makes those flavours taste even more luxuriously decadent.

Licorice Ice Cream Tips

There are no short cuts in making ice cream. It’s all about technique and patience. Happily, we don’t have to do to much manual labour with the Thermomix on the job.

  • Two TM bowls are really handy for any custard ice cream recipe. One bowl is used for the milk flavour base and the second to beat the egg yolks until pale and frothy.
  • Egg yolk and sugar should be beaten until pale, thick and custard-like.
  • When adding the flavoured milk mixture to the egg mixture it’s extremely important to go painfully slow at the start. Adding the hot milk too fast will result in “sweet licorice scrambled eggs.”
  • Chilling the finished custard in the fridge prior to churning will allow the custard base to thicken even further giving it a better consistency when frozen.
  • The best results are achieved by breaking up the ice crystals as they form which is what a commercial compressor ice cream machine does. If you don’t have an ice-cream machine you can still achieve good results using your Thermomix.

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Thermomix Ice-cream Technique

  1. Once the ice-cream has frozen, remove the container from the freezer and chop the frozen ice cream into large cubes.
  2. Add half the ice cream cubes to the TM Bowl. Blend 6 sec/Speed 6 (use the spatula to agitate the mixture).
  3. Repeat if necessary. Once the ice-cream is smooth transfer it to an airtight container and refreeze.
  4. Add the other half of the ice cream to the TM bowl. Blend 6 sec/Speed 6 (use the spatula to agitate the mixture).

If you’re looking for a popsicle style ice-cream why not take a look at my cute strawberry cream bunny ice cream recipe.

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Ice cream cones with licorice ice cream on a dark background

Thermomix Licorice Ice Cream

Julie Carlyle
OMG! This is homemade licorice ice cream perfection! Rich, thick, creamy Thermomix ice cream which tastes even better than a gourmet ice cream parlour.  #Icecream #Thermomix #licorice #licoriceicecream
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Overnight Chill & Freezing 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Australian
Servings 12 serves
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 600 g cream
  • 400 g full cream milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 260 g soft licorice cut into 1cm pieces
  • 150 g sugar
  • 6 egg yolks only
  • 1/2 tsp black food colouring *optional

Instructions
 

  • Place cream, milk, salt and 200g licorice in TM bowl. Blend 10sec/Speed 9. (60g of licorice is reserved for "mix-ins")
  • Heat the milk mixture. 10 min/80 degrees/Speed 4 (MC OUT) Internal steam basket on top to prevent splatters.
  • Remove bowl and replace with a second bowl. (or reserve milk base in another container and wash TM bowl).
  • Add sugar to a clean, dry TM bowl. Mill 10 sec/Speed 9. Add butterfly whisk.
  • Add egg yolks to the sugar. Beat 3 min/Speed 3.
  • Scrape down bowl. Beat 30 sec/Speed 3.

Tempering the eggs - VERY SLOWLY

  • Remove the butterfly. Select 4 min/40 degrees/Speed 2.5. Start the machine.
  • INCREDIBLY SLOWLY, pour a tiny stream of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture whilst the TM is running. This is called tempering the eggs.
  • Continue to add the milk mixture slowly to the eggs. Take the full four minutes to slowly incorporate the licorice milk into the egg.
  • Make sure any licorice solids at the bottom of the TM bowl are added to the custard.
  • Add black colouring, gently cook the custard. 5min/80 degrees/Speed 2.5.
  • Pour the custard into a container. Allow it to cool with the lid off so any steam (moisture escapes). 
  • Refrigerate the custard overnight.
  • Churn as per the ice cream manufactures instructions.

Video

Notes

NOTE 1:
The recipe makes about 1.3 litres of ice-cream. This is more than the capacity of most ice-cream makers. I churned my ice cream in two batches. 
 
NOTE 2: The nutritional information is calculated with one serve being approximately 110g.
NOTE 3: Use soft licorice such as Darrell Lea brand, this is available from Woolworths supermarket.
 
Please see additional notes above if you are using your Thermomix for the final churn.

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 91mgSugar: 22gVitamin A: 920IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Cleaning Thermomix, Dessert, Ice cream, Ice cream maker, Licorice, Licorice ice cream, Sweet snack
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Landscape image licorice ice cream in metal dish on grey background

 

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Happy Cooking

j xx

6 thoughts on “Licorice Ice Cream – Perfection Thermomix Style”

  1. evie says:

    5 stars
    I have some friends coming over this week, and I think I will make this! Delicious!

    1. Awesome!! If you want to eat it with your friends make the licorice custard a day ahead so that it’s already chilled and ready to churn 😊😊😊
      Happy cooking
      J

  2. Rebecca says:

    Hi,
    could you use raspberry licorice?

    1. Hi Rebecca, I’m sure you could use raspberry licorice as long as it is the soft Darrell Lea style 🙂
      Take some pictures, I’d love to see how you go 🙂
      Happy Cooking
      j

  3. Pauline Stephens says:

    5 stars
    OMG this is the best ice cream other than buying from shop. I love it and everyone who tried it also loves it. Thank you for posting 🤤

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