Posted on July 18, 2016.
Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, but today is our company president, Alan's birthday! To celebrate, we've created a family favorite homemade honey ice cream. Honey adds a touch of sweetness that complements vanilla ice cream beautifully. For this particular recipe, we are using one of our Pacific Northwest varieties that is especially popular this time of year, but you can use any flavor you wish. Experiment to find your perfect blend!
- In a saucepan, heat milk, cream, honey and salt over medium heat until hot. Be careful not to let the mixture boil and curdle.
- Whisk egg yolks in a medium heat-proof bowl, then slowly pour 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the yolks while whisking. Transfer yolk mixture into the saucepan of rest of cream mixture; heat and stir constantly until the custard thickens slightly. Again, be careful not to let it boil and curdle.
- Stir in vanilla extract. Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 6 hours. To speed up this process, place bowl of custard in a larger bowl of ice water to form an ice bath and stir custard occasionally, until cold. The colder the custard is, the faster the machine will be able to create ice cream.
- Follow the directions on your ice cream maker to freeze. Once the mixture is frozen, put it into containers and allow it to "ripen" for at least 2 hours in the freezer.