We do not have it nearly as frequently as we used to, so when we see the ice cream bowls come out of the freezer, we get a little extra excited. If you remember, last summer we did a recipe for sweet corn ice cream, that was proclaimed by some to be the best ever. Well, forget about that. I mean it was good; like real good; but this recipe is something else.
Obviously, we are pretty big fans of non-traditional flavors, and combinations around here. And while I would not exactly call goat cheese a non-traditional flavor, that distinct tang is a definite surprise in ice cream form; a really good surprise. It actually works so well together, that I don't really think I want ice cream without it anymore. On more than one occasion the words "I could live on ice cream" have been uttered in this house. Until now, I don't think anyone actually believed it.
- 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/4 whole milk
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vodka
- 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten.
- pinch of salt
Make an ice bath. Fill a large bowl with ice and water and set slightly smaller bowl inside ( it needs to be big enough to hold about a quart of liquid). Crumble goat cheese in the bottom of the bowl. Set aside.
Combine cream, milk and sugar in large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium/low heat. Carefully ladle a small amount of the warm milk / sugar mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Repeat until you have tempered the eggs with about 1/3 of the warm cream/ milk. Slowly add the egg/ cream mixture back into the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Mixture should be able to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
Carefully remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into the bowl with the goat cheese. Stir until goat cheese and cream mixture are well combined. Add pinch of salt and vodka. Stir to combine. Continue to chill over ice bath. Once completely chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
When ready to eat, let sit out for about 10 minutes prior to scooping. This ice cream is great on it's own, but is perfect for smash-ins. Here is a list of things to try, obviously the possibilities are endless.
- macerated blueberries or blackberries
- lemon curd
- roasted strawberries
- graham crackers
- fresh tomato jam ( my favorite!)
wait until ice cream is just softened. fold in favorite ingredient(s) with a wooden spoon. scoop and enjoy!