Chocolate Chilli Ice Cream

Makes a small bowlful

Hot and cold in perfect harmony


Ice cream

  • 3 red chillies, sliced
  • 600ml double cream
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 150g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped

Candied chillies, optional

  • 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 100g sugar
  • 100ml water


  1. To make the ice cream, place the chillies and cream into a saucepan. Warm until just below boiling and then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain the cream and discard the chillies and seeds. Add the chilli powder and reheat the cream until just below boiling, stirring continuously.
  2. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl, mix together then slowly pour the cream over the egg mixture, stirring continuously. Return the egg mixture to the saucepan, add the 150g broken chocolate and heat gently, stirring, until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from the heat, leave to cool a little and then put in the fridge to chill.
  3. Once cool, stir in the 50g chopped chocolate. Set the timer on your ice cream maker for 25 minutes. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the paddle running and leave to freeze churn. If you prefer a firmer consistency, place the ice cream in your freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. To make the candied chillies, place the ingredients into a pan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a sieve. Reserve 1 tbsp of the liquid and discard the rest. Stir the reserved liquid into the chillies, leave to cool then sprinkle over the ice cream to serve.

Tip: Home-made ice cream is best taken out of the freezer 20-30 minutes before serving.