Espresso Shortbread and Burnt Orange Spice Ice Cream Sandwiches


I love the Burnt Orange ice cream recipe that I found on Lottie & Doof (fab food blog). I had a craving for it and thought that it would taste great if I added some spices to it, like cloves, star anise, and cinnamon. My mind immediately jumped to the Late-Night Coffee Brined Chicken recipe (Food52's very own), which combines those spices (minus the cinnamon and plus peppercorns) with orange and coffee. So my mind was made up, I was going to make the Burnt Orange ice cream, infused with the spices, including the peppercorns and then make a sandwich using the Espresso Shortbread that I love from Smitten Kitchen (modified slightly and halved). I also threw in a drop of rum because why not? I don't have an ice cream machine, so this recipe includes my method for no-machine ice cream, but you can use your machine if you have one.

What you will need

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp

1/3 cup confectioners sugar

1 1/4 cups pastry flour

1 tablespoon boiling water

1 tablespoon espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinches sea salt

2 teaspoons whole black peppercorn

3 whole star anise

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 2-3" stick of cinnamon

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest, divided in half

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon aged rum


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