Monday, September 12, 2011

Goat Cheese Ice Cream w/Roasted Cherries

So I decided to mix things up.  Instead of my traditional coconut milk-based ice creams, I went rogue.  Hello egg yolks!   Don't worry (?), I didn't use cream.  I restrained myself.  Ha.

The almost too-sweet cherries were a nice complement to the tang of the goat cheese ice cream I am now in love with.  If you're not as much of a fan of goat cheese as I am, try using 4oz, or perhaps substitute cream cheese instead.

Goat Cheese Ice Cream
adapted from Kitchen Confit & Ezra Pound Cake

Confession:  I must have heated my custard too much, as it curdled.  I continued, didn't bother straining the mixture and simply threw it in the blender before chilling and churning.  I'm not sure how this affected the final texture, as I haven't done it properly yet, but worked well enough for me!

For the cherries:
2c pitted fresh cherries (or frozen, unthawed)
1/2c sugar  (I'd use even less next time)
2t cornstarch

For the ice cream:
1 1/2c milk (I used Lactaid Fat Free Smooth & Creamy...  I had a coupon and it was on sale!)
2/3c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
8oz goat cheese, RT
6 lg egg yolks

To prepare the cherries, preheat the oven to 400deg.  Toss cherries, sugar and cornstarch in a 9"sq baking dish (or anything that's large enough to hold the cherries).  Bake for 30-45 min, stirring occasionally, until the juice is thick and bubbly.  Cool to RT, then store in the fridge until making the ice cream.  Can be done a few days ahead.

For the ice cream, warm the milk and sugar in a medium saucepan so the sugar dissolves.

Meanwhile, crumble goat cheese into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.

In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks.  Temper the egg yolks by pouring warm milk/sugar into the egg yolks, a little at a time, whisking constantly.  Once the milk has been added, pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan.

Stir the milk/egg yolk mixture with a spatula continuously over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens.  You'll be able to coat the spatula with the custard and draw a line that stays once it's thick enough.  Pour custard through the strainer and stir into the goat cheese until it's melted (or just use your blender like I did!).  Cool to RT (use an ice bath if you need it to happen more quickly), then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, a few hours or overnight is best.

Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions.  Once churned, pour a layer of cherries into whatever container you use for ice cream.  Top with a layer of goat cheese ice cream, and continue alternating layers until the container is full or you're out of the ice cream and cherries.  Don't mix, as the ice cream will turn pink!  Cover with a layer of saran wrap or parchment paper and freeze until firm (a few hours).

If you really want to take it up a notch, serve a scoop with a pickled cherry brownie ;)

Pickled Cherry Brownies
adapted from Janetha's go-to brownie recipe

3 squares of Bakers unsweetened chocolate
1/2c butter (1 stick)
1 1/2c evaporated cane juice
2 eggs
1t vanilla extract
3/4c white whole wheat flour
1c pickled cherries, halved

Follow the instructions here (you can use the stove instead of the microwave), using a 9"sq pan and baking for 30-40min.  Mine were done perfectly at 35 min, a toothpick came clean but they were still fudgy when cooled!


Bex said...

Obsessed with this ice cream (with the roasted cherries)...

Megan said...

YUM!!! that's funny- because my mom was asking me today if i ever made anything with goat cheese.. and i don't.. but i said i would look on my blogs i read.. and look what i found! looks amazing!!

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

what a wonderful way to use cherries!

Elizabeth said...

You always have the best recipes. I love goat cheese in desserts

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I'm mourning the lack or organic cherries available these days... so I'll have to save this recipe for next summer! Oh, and those pickled cherry brownies you so kindly gave me? They were gone in two days ;).

Delicious Dishings said...

Sounds amazing! I made a goat cheese cheesecake once and loved the tang. I imagine it was wonderful paired with those cherries.

Jean said...

This ice cream was WONDERFUL!!!!!! I was lucky enough to be in town when it was offered as dessert. Yup, amazing!

Joanne said...

People who don't love goat cheese? total weirdos. I definitely want to try it in ice cream form! I came THISCLOSE to sneaking into boston and raiding your fridge.

BigAppleNosh said...

Goat cheese ice cream?? Sounds amazing!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Whoa, goat cheese ice cream? This must be AWESOME!

Natalie said...

oh yum! I recently got the Jeni's Ice Cream book and I'm dying to make goat cheese ice cream!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant Shannon!

Candace said...

You had me with goat cheese! yum! I'm a bit obsessed with it, I have to say. I roasted cherries for the first time last month and found them to be incredible. I used sweet red wine on the ones that I did. This looks like a great combination and those brownies are very intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

Miz said...

Im with Elizabeth.
How do you do it?!
day in and day out :)

Mary Ellen said...

LOVE cherries. I'm jealous of Bex, she gets to try all your creations ..

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I need this ice cream in my life!! Hopefully I can still find cherries. Also, those brownies were SICK. :)

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

Goat cheese ICE CREAM? I need it. I love goat cheese! I love ice cream! And I def love those brownies!

We Are Not Martha said...

What an amazing ideas!! I actually have gorgonzola ice cream on my list to make later this week. Excited!

I cook my milk too long sometimes for ice cream... And I feel like it mainly gives it a more custardy taste.


Caratunk Girl said...

Every time I come to your page I want to EAT!! :) That looks so freaking good. The cherry brownies look awesome.

Kerstin said...

Talk about the perfect ice cream sundae with the brownie base! I was sold at goat cheese, of course :)

Anonymous said...

Goat cheese? And ice cream? Together as one? I'm in heaven just looking at this!

Anonymous said...

Roasted cherries, I can almost taste their tartness, Goat Cheese divine, divine. Everything looks delish.

Cara said...

I love that you fixed your curdled ice cream base. Do you know how many batches I've tossed and # of egg yolks that have gone to waste? (and thus how many egg white omelets I've had to consume in a week?)

Obviously a worthy sacrifice for goat cheese and cherries, however.

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