Originally published at Women Not Dabbling by Gina
(Subtitle: How to waste several precious animal resources in one decadent swoop!)
There are four types of farm animals here that give me products without requiring me to kill them first: poultry (eggs), cattle & goats (milk), and bees (honey…Hey! How do these pesky insects keep creeping into my posts??). Actually, there are five if you consider the sheep (wool), but I will side-line them for now. I consider all of these products to be gifts from the animals in my care and most get used for simple day-to-day uses like cereal wetter (hmm, spelled differently that would sound a bit disturbing), pancake binder, or tea sweetener. Sometimes, however, you must honor the hard work these animals put into their offerings and create something gold; you must appreciate them all in one, very rich, end-of-summer concerto:
White Man’s Fly (Honey) Ice Cream
1 cup cream (heavier the better!)
3 cups milk
1/2 cup honey (you can add more or less, but you will definitely taste the 1/2 c.)
Vanilla to taste (I use 2 teas.)
8 egg yolks (of course, reserve whites for yummy scrambled eggs with tomatoes & onions!)
Mix cream, milk and vanilla and bring to simmer. While milk is heating, whisk together egg yolks and honey. When milk is simmering over medium heat, add 1/2 cup of milk mixture to egg mixture and whisk until smooth (this tempers the eggs so you don’t make honey scrambled egg ice cream-whole other recipe;)). Add egg mixture to milk mixture and whisk until smooth. Bring back to simmer and whisk constantly. Mixture will eventually thicken (you are essentially making a custard). Put in refrigerator to cool completely. Process in ice cream maker according to type you are using.
Yields 1.5 pints (I know, it’s not much for 8 whole yolks!)
This is creamy, rich and very sweet. If you’ve never made your own ice cream, you’ll note immediately that it does not have the same taste as store bought ice cream. The honey gives it a unique flavor, a flavor of flowers. It’s also very good with nuts like hickory, walnuts and pine nuts (I can only get the first two locally).
Ice Cream Gold (You Can Thank the Livestock later!)
*American Indians called the honey bee “White Man’s Fly”. In early 1600s, hives were shipped to the new colonies of Virginia. Because the honey bee tends to range quite a distance from her hive, she actually explored America before the Europeans. Indians would see the Honey Bee and theorize that “White Man” was not far behind.