Friday, July 29, 2011

Homemade Honey Ice Cream

I knew that would get your attention! Who doesn't love ice cream?  Especially homemade ice cream made with only half and half, heavy cream, farm fresh eggs and delicious raw honey!  No one that I know :)

For Mother's Day this past year, my son Mike and his lovely wife Katie (author of the fab cooking blog gave me three very different jars of wonderful honey they bought on a trip to Savannah, Georgia.  I love locally made honey and they know that.  That's what made this gift so special.
I've been using the honey in the usual ways:  in my oatmeal for breakfast, in salad dressings, in yogurt with berries.  But I've been trying to think of a way to showcase the honey for the delicious flavor it has on its own.

Recently, I was reading the latest Taste San Antonio magazine and there was an article on locally made honey, showcasing a recipe for Lavender Honey Ice CreamSuddenly a light bulb went off...I would use the honey Mike and Katie gave me to make ice cream!  I decided to use the Sourwood honey in this recipe.  Yummy!

You need an ice cream maker for this one, but in my humble opinion, every well stocked kitchen should have one :)

Sourwood Honey Ice Cream
1 cup half and half
2 cups heavy cream
7 egg yolks
3/4 cup sourwood honey (or any locally produced honey that you like)

Combine the half and half and cream in a heavy saucepan; heat to just below boiling and remove from the stovetop and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks in a bowl until frothy.

Whisking continuously, slowly pour half of the cream mixture into the egg yolks.  Pour that mixture back into the saucepan and heat on low, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes.  (This was impossible to photograph as I needed to work quickly and needed both hands!) When the mixture coats the back of a spoon, it's done.

 Pour the mixture through a fine meshed sieve into a bowl and whisk in the honey.

Chill thoroughly, ideally overnight.  I place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the custard.  This prevents a film from forming.

After chilling, freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's direction.

Pour into nonreactive container and freeze until firm

I served it over a Chocolate Amaretti Cake...delicous!

But it's also fabulous on its own!

 Should make 4-5 servings...maybe :-)

Buon Appetito!


  1. Sounds great Diane (and I love the plate and bowl you have served the ice-cream on!), but my wife Jane is a diabetic, so sweet things are a problem for us!
    Have you tried baked figs with honey?

  2. Yum! This honey is a favorite of mine too. My girlfriend and I buy sliced honeycombs every fall at the Junior League show. The honeycombs are really pretty and delicious served with cheese, fresh berries and crackers. I'll have to give this ice cream a try sometime. It's a nice deviation from the usual flavors.

    Loved seeing the 'girls' swimming in the river too!

  3. Nice photos, my favorite is the one where it's in the bowl :)

  4. Hi Mark, I've eaten figs drizzled with honey, but never baked figs. I bet it's delicious! My fig tree is doing well and hopefully, I'll have figs next year. I will try this for sure!

    Hi Cat! Honeycombs are delicious the way you described them! They are hard to come by and if you can get them at the Junior League show, that's great! This ice cream is reeeeally good and you can really taste the honey!

    Yes, Roberta, I like that photo too; but what I really like is when the bowl is empty :)

  5. If I were seriously lactose intolerant, I'd buy a ice cream maker just to make this! It sounds incredible!!

  6. My favorite is the photo with the Chocolate Amaretti cake. Yum!

  7. I meant to say "If I weren't seriously lactose intolerant..." Anything with cream just slays me. I was actually daydreaming about this ice cream today. No kidding!! I love honey!

  8. I knew what you meant TS! :) And I'm sorry you can't try this (or any other ice cream! :( That must be really hard for you. I don't eat ice cream often, but I do love it!

    Thanks, Beth! The ice cream complimented the cake so well! I'll do this combo again for sure.

  9. Diane, your recipe ideas fascinate me every time on new and whatever I tried, it always was delicious.
    Making home made ice cream has a tradition in my family as far back as I can remember. but honey ice cream? we never have tried that and so again I will hit the print button and I know what's on our schedule for next weekend. I don't know who is crazier for ice cream, my hubby or me. LOL

    Once again Diane, thanks for sharing another delicious sounding recipe.
    Best Wishes
    Paula Jo

  10. Hi Di
    Just checked out your blog everything looks
    Love Ma

  11. Great idea we are hobbiest beekeepers ourself and are looking for some good honey ice cream ideas.