Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fig Obsession Ice Cream


For R's birthday party, I saw a basket of fresh figs and scooped them up. I should have taken a clue from the cashier who declared in surprise, "Figs, already?" Yeah, those figs were unripe and completely unsatisfying.

Now, two weeks later, I saw another basket at a small market and gave them a squeeze before taking them up the register. They were soft. Woohoo. Now, it's fig season! And it's ice cream season. So, tonight, I whipped up a batch of fresh fig ice cream...and I served mini scoops in hollowed out figs.

I do have a full-blown obsession with fig ice cream. During the summer when I lived in Rome, ficchi gelato was in every gelateria. Subtle, grassy, and sweet. A few years later, when I went back to Italy with Jake, it was no where to be found. I've been dreaming of it ever since.


Ingredients
  • 2 C chopped fresh figs, destemmed
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 C organic granulated sugar
  • fresh figs, for serving, 1 per person
Procedure
Place all of the ingredients in your ice cream maker and process according to your machine. Ours took about 40 minutes to come to a soft, gelato-like texture. Spoon ice cream into a container and freeze before serving. To serve, slice your figs in half lengthwise. Gently press the fig meat to create a hollow. Use a truffle scoop and place a mini scoop of ice cream into your fig. Serve immediately.

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. I keep telling my kids figs are fruit of the gods. Fortunately for me, they still won't try them.

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    1. I WISH I could hoard the figs all to myself. They disappear the second they are spotted in our house!

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