Balsamic roasted fig & goat cheese ice cream

Balsamic roasted fig & goat cheese ice cream

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Delectable. Delicious. Dynamite. Devourable (I may have made this last word up). This pretty much sums up this ice cream. I love fresh figs and they are at the farmers market for such a short amount of time that I tend to splurge every time I see them. Just look at the beautiful colors! Not to mention they are the perfect amount of sweetness that you can combine with some cheese for an awesome pizza or appetizer, which is where my ice cream inspiration was born. My neighbor, sambo (Swedish word for someone that is more than just your bf/gf, but not yet married) & I were hanging out on a Friday in our courtyard eating some leftover snacks from my sambo’s birthday party the night before. This only made us hungrier so we made a smorgasbord dinner. I had figs, goat cheese & almonds and made a yummy side with these ingredients to add to our table. Hmmmmm I wonder how I could make a fig ice cream? The balsamic-honey glaze brings out the sweetness of the fig and the goat cheese balances the sweetness perfectly.

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Balsamic glaze

  •  1 c. fresh figs
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Ice cream

  • *2 c. chopped frozen figs (Buy fresh figs and freeze or I have found 1 lb. bags of frozen figs at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/8 c. almonds or cashews (or 2 Tbsp. almond or cashew butter)
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

Balsamic glaze

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Chop fresh figs into halves or quarters, depending on the size.
  3. In a medium bowl combine balsamic vinegar, honey and vanilla.
  4. Add fresh figs to bowl and coat with balsamic glaze.
  5. Put figs on a baking sheet or roasting pan and roast for 5 minutes. Flip them and roast for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Reserve a handful of figs for topping.

Ice cream

  1. In a high speed blender, add frozen figs, fresh figs, almonds (or cashews or nut butter), goat cheese & vanilla extract.
  2. Blend on high, using tamper to push into blade for 1 minutes.
  3. Scoop into a bowl and top with remaining glazed figs.
  4. Use your spatula to scrape every last bit out of the blender.

*I have not made this particular ice cream without using a high speed blender. You can try a blender or food processor, but you may want to allow your frozen figs to thaw just a bit. If consistency is too soft when finished, place in glass container in freezer and stir ever 30 minutes until you get a creamier texture.

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This ice cream definitely would fit into my “featured flavors” category. What unique or different flavor would you like to see made healthier?

 

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