Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Goat Cheese Ice Cream

I love the tang of goat cheese and I bet this would work equally well with mascarpone. In September, I may add figs. Or some roasted chestnut puree. I can make believe I am semi-sophisticated with the lush creaminess of the cheese and the surprise of the lemon. But I am really just a kid in an ice cream store playing with flavor.






Goat cheese ice cream - it's part thinking you're a grown-up and part childhood memory of churning ice cream and chasing fireflies barefoot in the still summer night. As I mixed ingredients, I was memory and anticipation. And as I waited for it to chill, process and chill again - I could slowly steer my heart back into my world and leave the busyness of June behind. I think everyone needs a dish that combines memory and anticipation, don't you?

Goat Cheese Ice Cream Ingredients
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cream
1/2 cup lemon honey
2 teaspoons lemon zest (1-2 lemons)
3 egg yolks - room temperature
6-12 ounces fresh goat cheese (depends on how much you like goat cheese - I actually used Soignon Spreadable Chevre - which is creamy and stops the ice cream from becoming grainy and I used all 12 ounces)

Goat Cheese Ice Cream - all melty and welcoming.

Goat Cheese Ice Cream Preparation
Custard Base:
Heat the milk, cream and honey in a large sauce over medium heat until simmering, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. In a medium-large bowl, beat the egg yolks until well blended and light. Slowly pour in the hot milk combination while continuing to whisk the egg yolks. Return mixture to saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring constantly under the back of the spoon is coated and the custard thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in the goat cheese and the lemon zest. Put into an ice bath to cool or put mixture in the fridge for about 6 hours.

Process in ice cream make until mixture becomes thick and pulls away from the sides - about 20-30 minutes. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Remove from freezer 15-20 minutes before serving.

Or forget about it for 45 minutes as I did and have a dessert soup. Really, it's the latest trend among busy, forgetful people.  With pureed strawberries over it. Frozen or melted, it was mighty fine. And it prepped me for phase 2 of the summer that began today: the teenagers and theatre!

58 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love all those ideas you have for ice cream (mascarpone and fig is beckoning) but what I really love is your writing. It always draws me in.

Torviewtoronto said...

this ice cream looks delicious I haven't had with goat milk

Marisa said...

Very interesting! Just add those figs and honey and that's what I call a sundae!

Kelly said...

Wow this looks super delicious and definitely something would love to try :) Loving your blog and so glad to be your newest follower!

Mari said...

We have also had very strong winds, and lost most of our banana trees, and a few branches from our other tall trees. I could imagine how creamy and luscious this ice cream is.

Have a great week :)

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

Ooh! How interesting with the cheese in there. For some reason, I thought it was goat milk ice cream. In essence, it is :-) I'm so glad it turned out tasty!

Joy said...

That is such a cool way to make ice cream.

Jeannie said...

I love ice creams, any flavor as long as I get to eat some:) I can't make them because I don't own an ice cream maker plus the fact that I am very lazy:P

Angie's Recipes said...

Goat cheese ice? wow..I want to try! Yesterday I saw some Chef on a local TV channel did an ice cream with Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella..I was "huh?"...ok, I need to take my ice cream machine out and make something cool and delicious!

Pegasuslegend said...

What an interesting post. I do love all these ingredients and have never had the pleasure to try anything so gourmet. I would expect nothing less when I come here always a new treat! Hope you have a better summer for the rest of these months I hate worring about storms, but I am sure you believe it beats the bad winter snow storms! Take care nice to see you back... its been awhile :)

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Goat cheese ice cream is a new one on me, but I adore goat cheese so I know I would love it. You are so clever Claudia.

I too am charmed by the adorable 7 year old. For some reason as I read it, I pictured a boy. Surprises are always nice, especially with adorable children such as this lovely little girl. Mother Nature has certainly been on a tear this year. Glad you survived the storms.
Sam

Now Serving said...

first of, love your logo line - we lived not too far from there in Madison WI - but have now moved to beautiful Virginia and the blue ridge and country side are as close to Switzerland as you can get :)
Goat cheese ice-cream is an interesting concept - These cheeses tend to have a rather strong flavor! would like to know if the strong flavors of the cheese still lingered after making the icecream? cheers, priya

Barbara GF said...

I have got to get an ice-cream maker, Claudia; this is too enticing (as is your writing... kids say the darn-dest things!)
And this has been a season for wacky weather for sure.

We Are Not Martha said...

I've been wanting to make goat cheese ice cream forever and you're totally inspiring me! Love the idea of the strawberries on top :)

Sues

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am so intrigued by the thought of goat cheese ice cream! I really wish my freezer was large enough so I could use an ice cream maker. I bought one a few years ago and had to return it when I found out the bowl needed to be chilled in the freezer first. I don't have an inch to spare in mine. I don't think I'd be devoted enough to do the old fashioned "rock salt hand churn" kind of ice cream.

I'll have to wait until I visit you one day, Claudia, to taste this wonderful treat!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

your fab at your job and great idea for ice cream

Beth said...

Your ice cream looks amazing. And those kids sound amazing! They sometimes say the most delightful things!

girlichef said...

YIKES! Those downed trees are scary...but the goat cheese ice cream is just the opposite...I'd love to try some =)

Kate@Diethood said...

Now this is an ice cream flavor I have never had!! I need to try this!

Malli said...

Never heard of Goat cheese Icecream....until now--so creamy and yummy:)

That Girl said...

Such weird weather. You've got the winds, we have unusual humidity.

Velva said...

Your weather is like Florida! Glad to know nobody was hurt.

Goat cheese ice cream does sound very grown-up. What an interesting ice cream flavor. I was reading a post recently on a chicken flavored ice cream. They said it sounded very odd, but it worked beautifully.

Happy summer to you.

Velva

Lizzy said...

I don't think this would last long enough after I scooped it out to melt...what a fabulous ice cream. Glad to see you back, Claudia...time to relax and enjoy the rest of summer :)

Wanda..... said...

Goat cheese icecream with strawberry puree makes an awfully pretty picture, Claudia! It's very festive sounding too!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

What a novelty ice cream this is Claudia! A welcome treat indeed for a hot day like today! Got to try this pronto. It might just be proclaimed flavor of the month at home once we taste it. Thanks for this cool idea. Cheers!!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow you always have such great recipes and your posts are always such a joy to read!!

Sylvia said...

What a wonderful idea, I love goat cheese but I never though before on as as ice cream

Choices said...

Goat Cheese ice cream? Now that sounds intriqing. I wish I was a Goat Cheese lover.

Island Vittles said...

my 13 year old niece talks just like that -- and at a million words/minute -- makes me smile everytime, even as I'm nodding and trying to get a word in edgewise!

Your goat's milk ice cream intrigues me...I think I may have to go bug the goat farmer down the road for a litre of the raw stuff. Yum! Theresa

Angela said...

Ooohh...yum. I love your new profile pic. So cute!

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Goat cheese?! I ADORE this, Claudia. Just brilliant. Love the idea also with the figs later, too. That 7 yr-old sounds too funny. Sorry to see the tree damages and so glad nobody was hurt. I'm off now to dream of your ice-cream...

Emily @ Life on Food said...

You have something special here. I really enjoy goat cheese ice cream but it is quite hard to find. Glad I have a recipe of my own now. Hope the clean up is going well. It has been some very strange weather going on this spring and summer.

Monet said...

What a unique and tempting recipe! I just adore goat cheese, so I have no question that I'll love this too! Thank you for sharing your creative self with me today. I hope you are having a happy weekend. Mine just got a bit brighter. Hugs and love from Austin!

spcookiequeen said...

Oh my goodness Claudia this sounds divine. I have salty caramel going in my machine right now. I will have to wait a couple of days for the canister to refreeze so I can make something this indulgent. I've been wanting to try the tangy goat cheese in ice cream. I found a new base I'm trying out that doesn't use eggs. I will let you know. Scary storm, glad everyone is okay. Hope you have a great weekend.
-Gina-

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, I was happy to see your back!! I missed you. I am sorry about the storm. The goat cheese ice cream is very inventive. I love playing with flavors and that is exactly what you did. I be the combo of the sweet with the goat cheese is delish! xo

purabi naha said...

Wow, what a delicious combination of goat cheese and the citrus zest! The goat cheese icecream is something new to me and I loved it. Great work!

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

You have definitely WOWed me with this recipe. How creative. Sorry to hear about your trees - I know how I hated losing a blackberry tree to the winds a couple of years back. I love that you enjoy going back to memory lane .. something I am doing a lot of this summer too.

OysterCulture said...

Wow, what a treat, I love goat cheese ice cream, and this sounds like a winner.

Having grown up in MN I understand the affect winds have on favorite trees, thankfully the damage was not worse but thats probably small consolation.

FOODESSA said...

One of the very aspects I enjoy about you Claudia...is the fashion in which you take life. You always manage to turn the negative into a poetic positive ;o) Sorry about the torrid winds. Hope things a better for a long while.

Goat's milk ice cream may be just what the doctor ordered...it seems I may have started a small intolerance to cow's milk. Keeping this recipe so that I can maybe make some all week long too. LOL

Have a great week,
Claudia

Sandra said...

What a wonderful ideas Claudia..That ice-cream look amazing and very delicious..yummy!!!

claire gallam said...

Goat cheese ice cream? Ive never heard of this!!!

Ellie said...

I had a similar tree experience last month. Took out one side of my fence!!! You have to love mother nature. I have made plenty of ice cream but none with cheese!! It sounds great :)

Jason Phelps said...

When you read too many food blogs sometimes interesting is hard to find. But goat cheese ice cream? Now that is interesting, and on my radar to try real soon!

Jason

Reeni said...

You never cease to amaze me with your unique creations! And that child - what an interesting little girl - I think I'd follow her around too! We had a giant tree down by our fence too and electric/internet on and off all week long. Summer fun. xoxo

Juliana said...

Goat cheese ice cream? This is totally new to me...I just got an ice cream maker and will have to give this a try.
Hope you are having a great week Claudia :-)

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

What a fabulous ice cream. It looks lovely even with a river of strawberry over it!

peachkins said...

I love cheese ice cream. I've had cheddar and bleu cheese but not goat cheese! I bet that taste wonderful!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Hi Claudia, Your pictures are wonderful...goat cheese ice cream is on my list of must tries this summer.

tasteofbeirut said...

I love how you look at the positive side, just like this little boy; I actually was thinking of making some goat cheese frozen yogurt today, as I embarked on my goat cheese labneh chore (two second chore), sounds good too with the figs especially!

Kathleen said...

Goat Cheese ice cream- now that sounds interesting! In a yummy sort of way!

Mary said...

I would so love to see one of your productions. I loved your post today, including the unusual ice cream. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Lizzy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about your storms! I love a good thunderstorm...but when there's destruction involved, it really stinks (I don't swear either :)). Love your unique ice cream...I have a batch to freeze tomorrow.

Angela said...

I think next time I would just hire a tree trimmer. The pureed strawberries are a touch of genius. I am so hungry now!

Pam said...

Sorry to hear about your storm. It was a nightmare here last week with the storm we had last Monday. Your ice cream is pretty creative and sounds really good. Love that goat cheese!

Katherine Aucoin said...

The storm damage is terrible. the weather this past Srping and now this summer is wild.

Your ice cream would definitely take my mind off the damage. I can't wait to try this!

Magic of Spice said...

So sorry about the storm damage, I hope the remainder of summer goes smoothly.
Your ice cream sounds wonderful and I do love goat cheese :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Mascarpone and fig you said? Oh my I'm looking for an icecream maker tomarrow, I saw one at Costco with two bowls, It's calling my name...

Dentist West Hollywood said...

Mmm - I love goat cheese so this sounds perfect, I will definitely be trying it soon! I'll bet it would be great with fresh strawberries and blueberries on the side - have you tried that?

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