Roasted Fig Kefir Ice-cream
Done right, ice-cream can be elevated from the realms of guilty pleasure into a satisfying and health boosting treat.
My little Cuisinart ice-cream maker has been one kitchen purchase that has earned it’s meager investment back multiple times over. As a home ice-cream maker with a non-commercial device the number one thing we need to focus on is reducing any water in our ice-cream base to prevent icy crystals from destroying the texture of your dessert. By roasting the figs for this ice-cream, some of the water in them evaporates, the flavor is concentrated and the texture of the figs become meltingly soft.
For a probiotic boost I used raw cream that I left out overnight with milk kefir grains. The texture of kefir-ed cream is thick and luscious lending a slight tang to the finished ice-cream and turning it into a powerful probiotic. Roasted Fig Ice-cream
1 Quart Raw Cream, left to ferment overnight with kefir grains (if substituting pasteurized milk do not ferment)
3 raw egg yolks from happy pastured chickens (eggs must be from a reputable supplier you trust)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 pound of fresh mission figs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla
1 tablesppon butter
Pre-heat oven to 425. Quarter figs and mix with butter and roast for 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Figs should still hold their shape when finished but will look jammy and smell very rich and figgy. Remove figs from pan and allow to cool completely (this step can be done the day before).
Put all other ingredients into blender and pulse a few times until combined. Do not run the blender longer than you need as your cream can begin to lump up and get buttery in a bad way.
Make sure the ice-cream maker is on and turing before adding the mixture! Pour the blended ice-cream base into your running ice-cream maker and allow to freeze according to your makers directions.
Watch carefully, if you over freeze this ice-cream it takes on a cheesy consistency that I find unpleasant. When it looks like the texture of soft serve, quickly remove from ice-cream maker insert, gently mix in cooled figs, then put in freezer and allow to freeze.
This recipe is the perfect way to finish a fall meal and healthy enough to be enjoyed any time with the only guilt you have to feel is if you just refuse to share.
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