Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let’s sit back and relax with a bowl of
Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!Oh, figs.  Apparently they are quite rare here in upstate New York.  Back when we lived in the South, we could pretty much find whatever produce we wanted…and it was usually crazy cheap.  So it was a bit of a rude awakening when we moved north and discovered that fruits and veggies cost significantly more.  (Well, except for apples.  I do love our Honeycrisp apples up here!)  But we were still able to find all of the fruits and veggies we wanted.  Sometimes it took a trip to a 2nd grocery store (ahem, key limes), but I’ve never had any trouble.  Until I wanted to make this Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs.

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!Figs are a key part of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs…imagine that!  I know figs are in season in the late summer/early Fall, so I put figs on my grocery list a few weeks back.  No dice.  So I put figs on the list again the next week.  No dice.  Notice the trend?  Well that continued for several more weeks.  In fact, I became buddy-buddy with the produce manager at our local grocery store.  He made a number of calls to his suppliers, and it looked like the roasted figs might just have to wait until next year.

And then I called a local gourmet grocery store…and sure enough they had a couple packs of figs left.  She said they were going fast, so I asked her to hold me two packs just until that afternoon.  When I walked into the store later on, I was hopeful that the figs were still there.  And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer a miniature pack of very expensive figs.  Well, by this point, I was on a mission, so I decided to mortgage my house and pick up that pack of figs.  And a short time later, I had this Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs all ready to serve!

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!The inspiration for this recipe came from a conversation I had with my buddy Arman.  Last summer, he was telling me about a friend who was eating her way through gelato shops all over Italy.  And one of the flavors she’d discovered was honey gelato topped with roasted figs.  My mind was blown.  So I set out to create this awesome dessert here at home.  Doesn’t this one sound super gourmet?  I added some caramelized walnuts to this ice cream, too…mainly because I love ice cream toppings.  And caramelized walnuts just sounded like it deserved a spot in this ice cream!

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!This Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs is a perfect way to welcome the transition from Summer into Fall.  Ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert, and the roasted figs + caramelized walnuts remind me of the comforting flavors of Fall.  (For the record, ice cream makes for a great dessert even in the winter as evidenced by this Pumpkin Ice Cream…and this Peppermint Ice Cream…and this Eggnog Ice Cream…  Hmm.  I might have an ice cream problem.)

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!Funny story: the day after I found the figs at that gourmet grocery store, I happened to be in my regular grocery store grabbing a couple of things.  The produce manager spotted me and came over with a huge grin on his face.  Yup, he had found fresh figs.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him I already found them at another store, so I grabbed another pack.  Laura took those and turned ’em into a little appetizer for us.  She sliced ’em in half, stuffed ’em with goat cheese and then wrapped ’em with prosciutto.  A couple minutes on the grill and we had ourselves one tasty snack.  Give that one a shot if you have leftover figs!

I saw a graphic on the weather channel the other day that Fall temperatures are supposed to be significantly above average for most of the country this year.  Bah.  I love Fall…and 90°F+ days just don’t lend themselves to hoodies and PSLs.  But that’s ok, we’ll hang on to the summer a bit longer…especially since ice cream is involved!  Enjoy!

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let's sit back and relax with a bowl of Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!

Honey Ice Cream with Roasted Figs

As we ease from Summer into Fall, let’s sit back and relax with a bowl ofHoney Ice Cream with Roasted Figs!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 345kcal

Ingredients

For the Ice Cream

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Roasted Figs

  • 8 fresh figs
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

For the Candied Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

For the Ice Cream

  • Place the milk in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low until it just begins to simmer.
  • While the milk is heating, whisk together the honey and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg yolks; whisking vigorously the entire time.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens noticeably and coats a wooden spoon. (~4-5 minutes) (Note: Do not let the mixture boil.)
  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the mixture, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • (Optional) If you desire a firmer ice cream, transfer the finished ice cream into the freezer for a couple of hours.
  • Top ice cream with roasted figs and candied walnuts before serving.

For the Roasted Figs

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice the figs into wedges and place in a rimmed baking dish. Sprinkle figs with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool before placing on ice cream.

For the Candied Walnuts

  • Using a small, non-stick pan, add chopped walnuts, sugar, salt and butter. Place over medium heat and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, or until sugar has completely melted and walnuts are evenly coated.
  • Transfer walnuts onto parchment paper and spread apart using 2 spoons. (Tip: If you don’t separate the walnuts at this stage, they will stay in one large block once cooled.)
  • Let cool before placing on ice cream.

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49 Comments

  1. Living on an island, most of our food has to be shipped here, so it can get quite expensive at times. And figs? I think we only see fresh figs, like, once a year at Costco and they are not always the best quality. However, when I do see them, I HAVE to get ’cause they are such a treat!! I love them with goat cheese and prosciutto too. Such an easy and delicious app. Could totally make a meal out of that!
    Loving your ice-cream, David. And those candied walnuts are just the icing on the cake or, er, icecream 😀 This is definitely taking ice cream to another level. Two scoops for me, please 😉 Pinned!
    ‘Miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer” totally got a kick out of that one, lol.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Yeah, I totally hear ya on the expensive produce…especially when it’s super hard to find, too. (Although you have a Costco, and that makes me instantly jealous!) Haha…icing on ice cream? I think you might be on to something here, Dawn! 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend!

  2. David, I could have easily overnighted you some figs and you definitely wouldn’t have had to mortgage your house as they are everywhere here and they taste so good, we barely manage to wash them before devouring them from the pack! I’m glad you subscribe to the notion that ice cream makes for a good winter treat as well – I mean, aren’t steaming mugs of coffee and hot chocolate there to warm us up after a cold, delicious bowl of ice cream or fro yo (in my case)? BTW, love Laura’s figs + prosciutto + goat cheese apps and love the roasted figs + caramelized walnuts with ice cream, such a fun, fun recipe! Hope y’all enjoy y’alls weekend and fingers crossed it cools down some for y’all – it’s back into the 90s here for us from last weekends 80s 🙂

    1. Oh man, don’t even tell me that, Shashi! My sister just sent me a photo of figs in her grocery store…there were so many. And I had to hunt and beg to find my little container up here. Ugh!

      And speaking of weather? 90’s for you guys? That’s terrible! I mean I know Fall arrives late in the south…but geez. It’s almost mid-September. I’m going to need a little cooler air to show up. (Of course, come February, I’ll be complaining that I need some warm air again. Isn’t that how it goes??) Hope you guys have a great weekend down there!

    1. Thank you so much, Pamela! Roasted figs are amazing…especially with a dusting of brown sugar and cinnamon. But then drop those roasted figs on top of ice cream? Oh yeah! Hope you have an awesome weekend, my fellow NY friend!

  3. Hi David and Laura, love the ice cream and appetizer recipes, both sound amazing. I was in Seattle about 2 weeks ago at the Pikes Market and I picked up a basket of figs that might easily have been the best I have ever had, wished I would of purchased more…….

    1. Oh man, I’m jealous of those figs you picked up out in Seattle, Cheri! In fact, I’m jealous of your trip to Seattle…I’ve always wanted to go there. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  4. Hi David! I’ve been anxiously awaiting Kevin posting fig recipes and you beat him to the punch! Our figs are just starting to get ripe and we have a ton of them! Luckily the birds don’t bother the figs, just the berries. This sounds fantastic, as does Laura’s appetizer! If you think things are hard to get where you live, you should try finding stuff here! Remember the cake comb conversation we had when you posted the Reese’s topped cake? 🙂 Thank goodness for internet shopping!

    1. Oh man, you have figs, too? It feels like the universe is out to mock me…I seriously had to stalk figs for like a month up here to make this recipe! 🙂 My grandpa had a fig tree growing up, and I still remember him having figs everywhere. Like more than you could use in a lifetime…every summer.

      Oh goodness…I totally forgot about that cake comb. But yes, the internet is amazing for stuff like that. I was even tempted to order my figs online. They probably would’ve ended up being cheaper! Haha. Hope you and Gary have an awesome fig-filled weekend!

    1. I totally agree with you, Medha! Honey + figs is awesome…so the honey ice cream was a fun twist. Heck, this honey ice cream is amazing just by itself. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. I’m so glad to see an ice cream recipe because I’m so not ready for fall. I love this honey and fig combo. I found a buy one get one free deal at the Publix a couple of weeks ago. I went a little nuts and bought so many I had to freeze some, which works pretty good for smoothies. Pinned!

    1. I’m with ya, Rachelle! I mean I’m starting to get ready for some Fall temps since we’re well into September, but summer is just being stubborn. Hey, that’s ok though…we’ll just make ice cream! Wait. BOGO figs? Are you just mocking me now? I seriously thought I was gonna have to trade Robbie to get a small pack of figs up here! 🙂

    1. Ice cream machines aren’t all that expensive, Rahul…plus, I bet you can find ’em on sale now at the end of the summer. Then you can make (and EAT) all of that homemade ice cream. Thanks so much for the comment. Hope you guys have an awesome weekend down there! 🙂

  6. I do love figs, they go with so much. I like your wife’s creation, sounds like a perfect appetizer. As for your self diagnosis about having an ice cream problem, rest assured there is no such thing. In fact, make some more because this looks excellent (as do the other ones)!

    1. Thanks so much, Matt! That ice cream machine sat unused in our cabinet for a long time…and then I learned how to make homemade ice cream. Every since then it’s been a steady stream of new and fun flavors. I had to hunt forever to find these darned figs, but man this honey ice cream + figs combo is pretty amazing! We just polished off the last of it last night…and now I want to go make more. Have a great weekend, my friend!

    1. I’m starting to think it’s a northern thing. Figs are literally all over the place in the south…but they just don’t seem to make the trip up north. It took some effort, but I finally tracked some of the darned things down…and I’m glad I did! This ice cream + fig combo was a big hit around here. We just polished off the last of it last night. Thanks, Dawn…hope you have an amazing weekend!

  7. Have you seen “Stranger Things?” Because I swear that I am the Upside Down version of you, sometimes. I’ll look at your blog, and an unnerving number of times, I’ll think, “Woah, I just had/made something like that, but not quite like that.”

    I just had figs, but featured in a risotto dish. And I know you’re probably thinking, “Well, who hasn’t just had figs?” But I hardly ever have fresh figs! I want them all the time, but I never have them.

    Anyway, carry on…

    1. So I haven’t seen Stranger Things…yet. But it’s on our list because everyone and their brother has been telling us to watch it. I’m right there with ya on the fresh figs thing. I’m beginning to realize it’s a northern thing though. Figs are literally overflowing on the shelves down south…my sister sent me a picture to prove it! Ok, I’m off to finish watching Breaking Bad so that I can finally start watching Stranger Things. (Yes, I am a couple of years behind…)

    1. Hey, you were the inspiration for this one, my friend! I went with the honey ice cream instead…and I’m glad I did. It’s mild with a hint of honey, and it tasted like fresh cream. Pretty awesome backdrop for the fig and walnut toppings! 🙂

    1. Oh man, I kept thinking I was going to have to abandon my fig quest, Megan. It took so darned long. I watched and waited for a couple of weeks, and then I started pestering the producer manager…for a couple of weeks. But in the end it all worked out! I say give it a shot again…and then make this ice cream. 🙂 Thanks, and I hope you have an amazing weekend!

  8. This reminds me of a dessert that Dave was obsessed with when we were in Greece, although it was yoghurt rather than ice cream. I am not a fan of figs myself (it’s one of those things that I want to love), but Dave will love this, so maybe I will surprise him and make this. I am such a good wife haha

    1. You are indeed an awesome wife, Dannii! I mean anyone who will serve up something they don’t like themselves just to make the other person happy? Yeah, you deserve a gold medal for that! I can see how figs and Greek yogurt would go well together. I’m kinda partial to this simple honey ice cream, though. 🙂 Hope you guys have a great weekend over there!

  9. Ice cream is perfect for us still sweating out in this warm weather. temperatures here are 90F but the heat wave is difficult to withstand. Waiting for a rainy season for long time but no signs of it.
    Hope fall temp comes down so that you can enjoy. You should end this ice cream with our ginger tea.
    We never get figs here and if i had a chance i would have devoured before even taking a picture

    1. Yeah, it’s still pretty warm here, too, Smitha. It looks like our heat may finally break this coming week into the upper 70’s though…so I’ll take that! But it’s still warm enough out to eat some ice cream! And that ginger tea sounds amazing. 🙂

  10. Figs, figs, figs are everywhere! Lucky us, right? At least you got yourself a double batch with that cool grocer finding you some more and then Laura making them into a tasty snack. This though, holy yum on the dessert. Honey Ice Cream sound perfectly delicate in flavor and with the figs and crunch of candied walnuts… count me in for a bowl. Happy Friday Dave!

    1. Tell me about it, Kevin…no figs anywhere for weeks and weeks (and weeks). And then I find them at 2 different stores within a couple of days. Go figure. But yes, this ice cream was quite tasty. We just polished it off, and I’m already craving another batch! 🙂

    1. Oh man, this one was super fun to make! And that ice cream…oh yeah! Hope your move down to Texas was uneventful (as possible). Thanks, Manali! 🙂

  11. Okay…so I’ve never actually had a fig….I know! I’ve had a Fig Newton, but I’m sure that doesn’t count. Since I’ve never had one, I never think about them, and living in northern Idaho…I’m certain they don’t grow here, but I’ll be if I looked hard enough I could find some at the store! I think I’d better start really looking because this ice cream looks amazing!

    1. Hahaha…that’s totally understandable, Kathy! As I’ve learned, figs are pretty rare in the northern parts of the country. (I don’t think Fig Newtons count…) You could start stalking the produce manager at your local grocery store like I did…it worked eventually! 🙂 Thank you!

  12. WOW! This ice cream look gorgeous with amazing combo. Love the recipe and the presentation. Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try this out!

  13. Oh my goodness, roasted figs sound delicious all on their own, let alone with honey ice cream! I love how you were stalking your grocery stores’ produce managers hahaha like only a true foodie would! You just reminded me that pumpkin ice cream is about to hit stores soon… YUMMMM.

    1. Puuuummmmppppkiiinnn!!! I’m such a sucker for seasonal flavors. Bring on the apples and pumpkin…oh, and maple! We discovered a maple ice cream in the store the other day, and it’s totally become a new favorite around here. I might have to stalk the freezer dept manager if they ever run out of that one! 🙂 Thanks, Nicole!

  14. I’m quite surprised figs are rather rare thing in your area, David. Well, I’d say, I’m shocked. Ice cream + figs + honey = perfection! Once I added dried figes into ice cream, and once I made ice cream with fresh figs, ricotta, and honey – both versions were really good. So thanks for reminding that I need to repeat this.

    1. Yeah, I am, too, Ben! Figs are everywhere down South…like you can’t help but find them in every grocery store. And then I saw you used figs in your salad. So that means figs somehow just skip the whole upstate New York area. What the heck?? Oh well, I managed to find some…after stalking the produce guy for a couple of weeks! 🙂

  15. well, i just don’t know what to say. such a great combination of honey and figs – in ice cream! i’ve followed your recipe and the result was so amazing. my kids ask me for more and more 😀 so many thanks for sharing this,my friend.

  16. I hate the fact that fresh produce does increase in price the further north you go! You totally had me at figs! I usually just eat them raw, but now I have a new way to enjoy them! Thank you for sharing!

    1. So annoying, isn’t it, Amanda? But hey, at least we can still track down the produce we want…even if it takes a bit of stalking and crossing all of my fingers and toes. Haha! These roasted figs are delicious…and then the ice cream takes it to a whole new level. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment!

    1. Thank you so much, Sabrina! I do love homemade ice cream…and this honey + fig version was a lot of fun to make. (Of course, I had to track down the darned figs…but I found them after a bit of searching!) I appreciate you stopping by, and do give this recipe a shot! 🙂

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