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Friday, July 31, 2009

Pure Honey Ice Cream

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honey ice cream

 

This ice cream is the ultimate proof that when it comes to good food, less is often more. With only 3 simple ingredients (plus a pinch of salt), you can make this delicious ice cream that tastes so homemade and pure. Because the recipe is so simple, it is important to use the best ingredients that you can find and afford. Local, organic eggs and dairy are wonderful and easy to find this time of year. The final product will taste exactly like the honey you use, so choose something that you really like. I used a raspberry honey that I picked up last week at my local farmer's market.

This ice cream can be a starting point for many other variations. I kept it simple, but you may want to add some chopped walnuts to it, or some chopped semi-sweet chocolate. You can also infuse the base of the ice cream with herbs or spices such as basil, mint, cinnamon, vanilla. On this case, just add the extra ingredient to the simmering dairy base, let it rest for at least 2 hours, strain it and proceed with the recipe.

Another great way of using this honey ice cream is to make smoothies and shakes. Try blending it with fruits like peaches, bananas and strawberries.

Pure Honey Ice Cream Recipe:

You will need:

4 egg yolks

2/3 cup of pure honey

1 1/2 cups of half-and-half

1 1/2 cup of whole milk

a pinch of salt

 

Bring the cream and the milk to a simmer, do not let it boil.  While the cream mixture warms up, whisk the yolks, honey and salt together until pale and fluffy.

Slowly incorporate the warm cream mixture into the eggs, one ladle full at the time, whisking vigorously. Return the egg and cream mix to the stove and cook over low heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Do not let it boil. The custard is ready when it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail if you pass your finger on it.

Cool custard completely in the fridge before putting in the ice cream maker. Follow instructions of your ice cream machine.

Enjoy it!

22 comments:

Pam said...

I love simple fresh flavors and this looks fantastic!

Jacqueline said...

That sounds really good Rita and I am intrigued by the honey you used! I am hung up on Manuka honey just now. It is divine and I bet it would make for a great ice cream!

Jennifer said...

This sounds so good! I LOVE that honey is the only sweetener in this! I will have to try it!

m.e (Cathie) said...

that looks fantastic! may have to try it in summer. thanks :)

Kevin said...

Honey ice cream sounds really good! I like using honey as a sweetener and I like the sound of it being the star of the show here.

veggie belly said...

Wow! Love the honey idea! Looks amazing..

Brittany (He Cooks She Cooks) said...

Honey is great in ice cream, not only for taste, but texture-wise it's better than using sugar. I just made a cinnamon-honey ice cream this weekend. I can only imagine how good your version was with the local raspberry honey!

Anonymous said...

Aussie Esther asks: What on earth is 1/2 and 1/2 ?

Anonymous said...

Sounds fabulous and healthy at the same time. Could I use pure pouring cream instead. Thanks heaps for help and recipe. Aussie Esther

Rita said...

@ Aussie Esther: half and half is kind of half cream, half milk, it's very common here in the States. People like to add it to black coffee. You may use cream instead, no problems at all.It will be a little richer.

Anonymous said...

G'day Rita: Thanks for your reply. I'm now among the enlightened! We're not that backward here you know, just different. Did you get to see Julie & Julia ? Loved it! Well, off to make my Christmas Ice Cream. Thanks heaps. Aussie Esther

Anonymous said...

Im going to make this tonight, with a peanut butter swirl! thanks for the recipe :D

Anonymous said...

well lots of peeps like the 'look' of this...any trendy actually got off their arses and made it?

Megan said...

i really want to make this for the weekend. we're going to grill some peaches so i think some honey ice cream would be perfect to top those off.

Pure Greek Honey said...

Delicious proposition here!! Never thought we could have ice cream made with honey!! Thanks for the suggestion, and we, at DeliGrecious.com, are sure our pure honey from the mountains of Crete, Greece, will be the best ingredient for these recipes: http://www.deligrecious.com/en/online-store/honey/5

colgatepony234 said...

I want to add pieces of edible honey comb.

Jorie said...

Clearly I'm like 3 years late to this party, but I wanted to thank you for the recipe! I made it, it was fantastic. My only modification was...heavy cream. I like a really fatty ice cream ;) We had this with homemade apple dumplings for Rosh Hashana (the traditional honey and apples!) and it was beyond the beyond good.

Anonymous said...

Just a question please? What do you mean by 1 1/2 cups of half and half? Thanks in advance. Sorry if it is a silly question. Love honey icecream, and wish I had an Icecream maker :(. Cheers and regards Cheryl, Renmark, South Australia.

Anonymous said...

So sorry, I did not see your previous answer re the "half and half", Thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

Can you do it without an icecream maker? Just wondering? cheers Cheryl, Renmark, South Australia. :)

Rita said...

Hi Cheryl, I think you can make it without a ice cream maker, but the consistency might not be the same. Try freezing it overnight, but I would take it out of the freezer every hour or so for the first 3 hours, blend it welll and return it to the freezer. Then see how it turned out next day!

Anonymous said...

mmmmmmm,tasty!

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