Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fig gelato recipe

Fig gelato

Weekend Herb Blogging
I'm not generally a fan of fruit-flavored ice cream because it usually has a fake, chemically taste to me (unless we're talking about fresh peach ice cream from Dickey Farms).  But gelato is another matter.  I've had my fair share of gelato (while backpacking through Europe in college, I lived off of bread, cheese, peanut butter, and gelato for 10 weeks), and I always prefer the fruit flavors.  My favorites are apple (I remember a particularly good version in a gelateria in Rome) and kiwi (strangely, the first thing that comes to mind is a train station in Vienna).  I don't recall ever having fig gelato, but I was excited to find this recipe.  I don't know that it lives up to the best gelato I've had in Italy, but it's definitely the best I've ever made.  I might reduce the lime juice by half next time (it was good, but hid the fig flavor a little bit), but otherwise it was fantastic.  I'm submitting this dish to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is organized by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once.  I'm hosting this week, so make sure to send me your entries by Sunday (check the rules for details).

Fig gelato (adapted from
(Printable version)

1 lb fresh figs, stems removed (you can peel them if you want, but I didn't)
juice of 1 lime (next time I'll only use half)
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp honey

Combine the figs and lime juice in a blender and blend until smooth.  Then add milk and honey and blend briefly, just until combined.  Freeze in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions.  Serves 3-4.


Joanne said...

i basically love everything having to do with figs. And gelato added into the mix...amazing. Good call on mixing the two together!

Patricia Turo said...

I think the Italians make the best fruit flavored gelato and green apple and fig are always hard for me to chose. Good thing you can get two flavors together.


Soma said...

LOVE figs and gelatos are our favorite forms of ice cream . This is something I will have to give a try.

I have mailed you my entry for the WHB.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Wow this sounds good! I think I'll definitely need to make a dairy-free version!

Katie said...

Joanne - I'm with you on loving both of them!

Patricia - I have a horrible time making decisions, so I always get two (or three) flavors. Now I want to try authentic fig gelato next time I'm in Italy (and hopefully I won't have to wait too long!)

Soma - Let me know what you think if you try it!

Alta - I bet this would be easy to convert to dairy-free because there's so little milk, and I bet coconut milk would be fantastic.

Anna (Morsels and Musings) said...

looks great. maybe adding one or two plump, moist dried figs would help intensify the flavour? or would it over-power it?

Katie said...

Anna - That's a great idea! I don't think it would overpower the flavor, but you would need a strong blender.