Monday, September 26, 2011

Honey Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Fig Swirl

Alton Brown told me to stick my hand in this ice cream.  Really.  He did.  Alright, so maybe that’s a stretch, but he did tweet at me to offer me relief on my burning hands after chopping peppers.  His advice to soothe capsaicin burn was fattening dairy.  It just so happened the fattest dairy I had on hand was this ice cream.  So into a bowl of it my hands went.

You may or may not remember last year I made a White Chocolate Ice Cream with Spiced Pumpkin Swirl.  I made it because I wanted to use the pumpkin butter I love so much from Trader Joe’s.  Recently on a Trader Joe’s grocery trip I was checking to see if their pumpkin butter was out yet this year.  It wasn’t, but they had fig butter!  I love fresh figs.  Unfortunately they only appear at select grocery stores for a really brief time here in Nashville.  I was surprised this fig butter was so affordable, and it was delicious!  I found myself enjoying it most frequently on toast, with a bit of honey swirled on.  Before long I knew I wanted to swirl it into an ice cream.  My first thought was honey ice cream, but almost immediately after that, I thought of honey goat cheese ice cream.  I already know those flavors work well together from when I made Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs that had honey drizzled on top.  Furthermore, I knew that goat cheese was a flavor I liked in ice cream after trying it at Jeni’s on my first visit!  The Jeni’s flavor I had was Goat Cheese & Red Cherries.

As with the Blueberry Goat Cheese Muffins I made this year, the goat cheese flavor is very subtle.  It just adds a hint of tang, and results in a really distinct flavor profile.  I would say the honey flavor is more prominent than the goat cheese.  I also love that the goat cheese cuts the sweetness of the ice cream.  The fig butter swirled in is like the icing on the cake.  It makes for an interesting contrast in texture, as the ice cream is incredibly smooth, and the fig butter a bit gritty.  This is a classic flavor combination, but unique in ice cream.  To say I enjoyed this ice cream would be an understatement!  I definitely preferred eating it, as opposed to sticking my hand in a bowl of it.

PS. Did you know September is National Honey Month?  Yeah, that’s right, I hit a food holiday.  That rarely happens.


Honey Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Fig Swirl


2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup honey
4 oz goat cheese
approximately 1/3 cup fig butter (I just kept dolloping in tablespoons until I was happy with the amount)


Add the cream, milk, and honey to a medium saucepan. Stir to dissolve the honey. Heat over moderate heat, stirring from time to time, just until tiny bubbles form around the edges of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir or whisk in goat cheese until dissolved.

Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. (Overnight is recommended)

Before churning, stir mixture briefly to reincorporate ingredients. Churn according to ice cream maker instructions until fluffy. Transfer about 1/2 of the ice cream to desired container, dollop in some of the fig butter, repeat with remaining ice cream & fig butter. Using a butter knife swirl ice cream & fig butter a few times. Cover and freeze until hardened.

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15 Responses to “Honey Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Fig Swirl”

  1. 1
    amy (fearless homemaker) — September 27, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    how cool that alton responded! this ice cream looks insanely divine – what an awesome flavor combination. if you want to give me a pint (or ten), i’ll gladly take ’em. =)

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    Vivek — September 27, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    My mouth is just watering right now… I bet if you topped this with some crunchy pistachios, you’ve have a mindblowing little desert going.

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    elly — September 27, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Umm. This could be my new favorite ice cream. Looks awesome!

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    Kelsey — September 27, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Oh Erin, I think I love you. This dessert is perfect in every way. I’m going to suspend all pepper chopping when I make this so I can eat every single bite. What a gorgeous recipe!

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    Amanda — September 27, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    such a cool flavor combo you’ve got going on there!

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    sara — September 27, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    Fantastic! I adore all these flavors…goat cheese and figs go SO well together, and honey too…I would love to try this!! 🙂

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    Julia — September 28, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Um hello, this is freaking AH-MAZINGness that I need, now!!!! Love it!

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    Lesley Eats — September 28, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    A lot of my favorite things in here, for sure. Yum.

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    Jen @ — October 3, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    I love that AB tweeted at you! Fig and goat cheese go so well together, I’m sure this ice cream was awesome.

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    Kelly Senyei — October 10, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Who can possibly resist a recipe with images like that?! It was so great meeting you this weekend at FBF Nashville, and I look forward to staying in touch!

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    Donna Campbell — October 10, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    Erin! This sounds amazing! I met you at the FBF Forum too, so I am wandering around checking out folks blogs … you told a story about a cake within a cake that I just thought was bakery witchery so I had to check out your blog. Joe and I went to Paris this summer and I have been entranced with goat cheese since … this is something I definitely want to try and just the fig butter on hot bread to accompany some garlic chicken or whatever … but in ice cream … Complete yum!

    • Erin replied: — October 10th, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

      Thanks for the comment! It was so good to meet you too! There’s so many great Nashville bloggers. I’m jealous of your Paris trip! You must get your hands on this fig butter, it is so good with goat cheese. 🙂

      And the cheesecake within a cake, is Lincoln’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake, check it out, it’s divine!

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    Karman — October 19, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Alton has all the answers. This recipe sounds fabulous and the photos are lovely!

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    Kris — November 5, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!

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    Kris — November 5, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I also love Alton Brown.

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