(Honey'd Fig and Goat Cheese Ice Cream - recipe in post)
Honey and I, we go way back. One of my favorite treats as a child was a warm mug of milk and honey, usually enjoyed just before bed time. Who am I kidding, it's still one of my favorite things! For a sip of nostalgia, I need look no further than a glass of milk and honey. Those very same flavors shine bright and clear in this dessert - sweet honey combined with melt-in-your-mouth ice cream... on a hot day, it doesn't get much better than this.
If you're skeptical about goat cheese, fear not. The flavors here are incredibly light. I love the mild tanginess that goat cheese can lend to a dessert, but often times I find it overpowering - I was careful to keep it mild, just enough to add a dimension to the taste of this ice cream. If you aren't used to using goat cheese, or even if you aren't a fan, I strongly recommend trying this. It's subtle, and it's sublime.
In combination with figs, goat cheese finds its niche. This was my first recipe in using my honey'd fig preserves, and the combination of flavors is a delight - better than I even expected. If you don't want to make your own preserves, store-bought fig jam would work well in its place.
Honey'd Fig & Goat Cheese Ice Cream
2 cups (500ml) heavy cream
1 cup (250ml) whole milk
1/2 cup (170g) honey, plus more for drizzling
3 oz. soft goat cheese*
1/2 cup honey'd fig preserves (click for recipe, or use store-bought fig jam)
*The flavor from the cheese is very mild - perfect for my taste - if you prefer it a little stronger, feel free to add another 1 oz.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and honey. Heat until steaming, but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, and add the goat cheese, stirring and pressing any lumps against the side of the pan until well incorporated. Chill in the fridge for a few hours until completely cold, or overnight.
Churn in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. In the last 30 seconds of churning, add the fig preserves. Alternatively, stir the preserves into the finished ice cream by hand for a more swirled consistency.
Transfer to a chill safe container and store in the freezer until firm.
Serve as is, or with a drizzle of honey.
Perfect on its own, or try it in combination with my Orange & Cardamom Spiced Honey'd Fig Olive Oil Tea Cake (click for recipe).