When life gives you figs…make fig ice cream!

by Sunita on October 19, 2009

Good morning everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had a good one with friends, and after gorging on too many goodies, I think the body is probably ready to be detoxicated. Well, not before some yummy figgy ice cream though!

A lot of figs made their way into our home a few days back. Ripe and luscious figs lying on the counter, did not have to beg at all to be enjoyed in all their goodness.

But there were quite enough of them for me to want to “make” something with them. But make what? Just threw the question around and quite a few suggestions came back. And it was dear Nic who suggested David Lebovitz’s fig ice cream which was form his book “The perfect scoop”. Hmm, ice cream sounded nice. The only problem- I didn’t have that book. But long live the internet, and a little snooping around made me land on the recipe here. I flicked through the recipe and liked the idea. But, sorry Mr Lebovitz, as much as I love the recipe, I did have to play around with it a bit. But yes, the outcome was a “perfect scoop”! Thanks to dear Nic for pointing me towards this recipe.

The original recipe had sugar in it. The figs were so sweet in themselves that I did not want to add any more. So instead, I just added a couple of tablespoons of honey. I also used a combination of double cream and low fat natural yogurt , instead of just the cream. Also, not having an ice cream maker, I made it the old fashioned way- freeze, pulse, freeze, pulse! And yes, did I mention that we loved the outcome?

Let’s hurry to the recipe now-

What’s needed-

12-13 fresh figs, the stem parts removed and chopped
2 tblsp of honey
3 tblsp of water
3 tblsp of lemon juice
zest of 1/2 a lemon
3/4C of double cream
3 tblsp of low fat natural yogurt

How to-

  1. In a pan, place the figs, lemon juice and zest and water.

    Mix and place the pan over heat. Stir and cook for about 8-10 minutes or till the fruit is soft and thick. Remove from heat and cool completely.

  2. Mix together the cream, yogurt and fig mixture and pulse in a food processor until just mixed. If you have an ice cream maker, use it now. If not, continue reading.
  3. Freeze the mixture  till just set. Transfer to a food processor and pulse in short bursts till just smooth. Return to the freezer till set completely.
  4. If it hardens too much, remove to room temperature a few minutes before serving.

The ice cream can be served with a drizzle of honey. I scooped the pink seedy parts of some figs, and cooked them for a few seconds with some honey.This was drizzled over the ice cream scoops- heavenly.

We absolutely loved the ice cream . The sweetness was just right for us and the figs were the stars.The warm honey and fig sauce complemented the ice cream. Crackle , crackle!

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca October 19, 2009 at 12:14 am

wow amazing and great snaps


2 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Thank you Rebecca :-)


3 Soma October 19, 2009 at 12:17 am

Sunita, This is one of the best flavors an ice cream can have:-) I wish I really could have some of it. I am not seeing figs here at all, don’t know why:-(


4 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Wish I could send you some Soma. It was really delish.


5 Rosa October 19, 2009 at 3:49 am

What great shots and wonderful ice cream!




6 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

thanks Rosa :-)


7 snooky doodle October 19, 2009 at 3:53 am

oh this looks delicious! Nice way of using figs :) Have to try it next time figs are in season :)


8 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Natalie, please do give it a try; tastes yum :-)


9 Apoorva October 19, 2009 at 5:21 am

wonderful recipe as usual…the photos make me drool…can we use dried figs instead of fresh ones?


10 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Thanks apoorva. You could try with dried figs. Chop and cook them in a little more water than mentioned in the recipe. may not look exactly the same, but should taste good too.


11 Meeta October 19, 2009 at 7:08 am

Oh I love fig ice-cream it’s such a delicious way to serve figs. This looks grand Sunita!


12 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Meeta, yes, the sweetness of the figs shone through :-)


13 clumbsycookie October 19, 2009 at 7:21 am

Delicious looking ice cream! I love the first shot with all the honey drizzling!


14 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

thank you :-)


15 Colloquial Cook October 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

Ha, the old “freeze pulse freeze pulse freeze method”, hey? :-D Damn, you make everything sound so easy and delicious! And I don’t have an icecream machine either.

Wait, I don’t have a blender either. O crap. Santa, if you’re reading this, make a note.

About that book – it’s amazing – I love David L’s recipe for kinako, fior di latte, and gianduja ice cream (err no all together, as separate flavours :-D )


16 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Hey Claire, you don’t even need a blender, use a whisk :-D

Will probably look for the book; now where’s Santa ;-)


17 Happy Cook October 19, 2009 at 8:30 am

I have never had fig ice cream, this looks so yumm.


18 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Give it a try, HC, you’ll love it :-)


19 Nicisme October 19, 2009 at 10:22 am

That’s a great idea to use honey instead of the sugar, brilliant! Gorgeous photos as always.


20 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Nic for pointing me towards the recipe :-)


21 Naina October 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Yummy.. mouth watering.. :)


22 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Thanks Naina :-)


23 CurryLeaf October 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Love the icecream.Best that you served it with honey and seedy pulp.Looks great.


24 Sunita October 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Thanks…the glaze made it extra special :-)


25 Ciaochowlinda October 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

what a gorgeous looking ice cream – and one that you don’t find typically in stores. those figs are like jewels.


26 Sunita October 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Thank you, yes , we did love the ice cream quite a lot :-)


27 Sudeshna October 20, 2009 at 5:16 am

That is so tempting :) . The pics look great. I am not much of a fig person, but the pics are compelling me to get hold of some from the market. Will definitely try this out.


28 Sunita October 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Sudeshna, now hurry and get those figs :-)


29 prathibha October 20, 2009 at 5:30 am

Next time when I find figs this is definitely a must try.loved that flavor


30 Sunita October 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Oh yes, you must give this a try; it’s absolutely yummy :-)


31 Mowie @ Mowielicious.com October 20, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Sunita, that looks so good I could almost taste it – I love fig ice cream! And your photos!! As luscious as the dessert. Yum!


32 Sunita October 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Mowie, for dropping by :-)


33 susan from food blogga October 24, 2009 at 12:04 am

Oh, Sunita, you have captured my heart (and belly) with this fig ice cream. It is positively gorgeous!


34 Sunita October 24, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Susan, it captured our heart ( and belly) too :-)


35 Kevin October 25, 2009 at 1:24 pm

That fig ice cream looks so good! What a great way to enjoy the figs!


36 Joanne October 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Wow, this looks awesome. I have always wanted to make ice cream, but never did becasue I do not own or have space (very small kitchen) for another appliance like an ice cream maker. using the food processor is a great idea, I am going to give it a try.

Also, we nominated you for an award, take a look http://www.inspiredtaste.net/recipes/roasted-tomato-sauce-with-mint-and-feta-cheese

Thanks, Joanne and Adam


37 SGD November 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

First time to your blog through Sudeshna’s COOK LIKE A BONG!
Heavenly pictures of such an yummilicious recipe…and it does look so simple!
I’ve never made icecream before…but your pics & recipe are tempting me to give a try!


38 Sunita November 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

Thank you; glad you like the ice cream. It is a simple recipe indeed; do give it a try.


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