Goat Cheese, Vanilla Bean, Honey and Lavender Ice Cream

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy FoodieI had a real blast this week end! Honestly, the race was edge of your seat, non-stop crazy action packed and I was lucky enough to have incredibly AMAZING seats.

I had a BLAST and I yelled and cheered so much that my throat was a tad sore by the end of the day.

Unfortunately, it was not to be given a break anytime soon… I asked just as much of it, if not more, the following day at the amusement park.

Think I’m a wimp?

Well, imagine being tied to a body harness and  reaching speeds of  about 130 km/h after being launched from an arch that’s just shy of 173 feet high…

Scary, I tell you! I can’t help but scream at the top of my lungs every single time the “drop” happens. It’s such an incredible feeling! I figure it must be the next best thing to parachute jumping, which I am seriously considering doing soon. What a unimaginable thrill this must be.

But anyway, back to my week-end… One thing I had a real hard time dealing with is the incredible intensity with which my senses got solicited by junk food.

That’s basically ALL there is to eat.

Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn, there is junk food. Greasy hamburgers, hot-dogs, avalanches of french fries all dressed up in fat laden gravy and super salty cheese curd, cheap, poor excuses for pizza, fresh, home made potato chips, topped with your choice of seasoning, candy shops, ice cream galore, which comes in all sorts of shapes, forms and sizes, drenched in tens of different choices of thick, sugary syrups, topped with  candy and other goodies, warm, straight out of the fryer donuts, sprinkled with marshmallows and drizzled with a warm nutella sauce, popsicles, creamsicles, Beaver Tails topped with your choice of ultra sweet toppings (oh, how I love those…)

I could go on and on…

It’s a junk food overload! You constantly either see it or smell it. All the time. It just never stops. If you’re not seeing it, you’re smelling it. If you’re not smelling it, you’re seeing it. And more often than not, it’s right there, in your face, mere inches from your mouth, eyes and nostrils.

There’s just no escaping it.

No matter how health conscious one is, it seems almost impossible to resist all those incessant triggers.  Sooner of later, you just start craving SOMETHING. And the longer you stay, the harder it is to resist the temptation to stop at one of those booths and fall victim to your over stimulated senses.

To not buy ANYTHING all day is practically a miracle.

To not buy ANYTHING for 2 days straight, one almost has to be a saint!

But I did it. I survived 2 entire days without giving in.

Luckily, both sites allow visitors to bring their own food so at least I had plenty of good things to eat in my pack sack. Still. It was real hard to resist!

I sure wish there had been a booth offering this beautiful ice cream, though.

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

‘Cuz not only does this one look and TASTE extremely good, it’s also a MUCH healthier alternative.

Indeed, it contains nothing but wholesome ingredients that are good for you, namely buttermilk, Greek yogurt, whole eggs and soft GOAT CHEESE! A little bit of honey was added to lightly sweeten things up, as well as a few fresh vanilla beans and a handful of lavender flowers to provide this luscious dessert with a rich yet very delicate floral fragrance.

This is a gorgeous dessert that’s not overly sweet and has a nice tang to it thanks to the goat cheese and yogurt. It’s got the creamy texture of a soft serve, so you’ll want to eat it rather quickly, before it melts on you. Also, I strongly recommend that you eat it the same day you make it, as it tends to become extremely hard after an extended stay in the freezer. A great alternative is to preform ice cream scoops and place them on a cookie sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. You then put the scoops in the freezer until they are completely set.

Oh, and if you really want to take it to the next level, you need to drizzle it a little bit of that gorgeous Pomegranate Agrodolce I created not so long ago.

Yes, that one again. No, I’m not obsessed.

Well, ok, maybe a little… but you see, they were just made to be together. In fact, this very ice cream was CREATED to go with the agrodolce.

That sweet vinegary syrup is so heavenly, who knows how many more creations it will inspire me… But you’re not complaining, are you?

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

And yeah, I know what some of you are thinking and you are quite right.

Even if they HAD had this ice cream at the amusement park, I couldn’t have had any, as my 30 day sugar free challenge isn’t over yet.

I guess it just makes it that much harder to resist. But hey, I’m going on 3 weeks now.

Almost there!

And you know what? I still have some of that ice cream in the freezer… and some of that agrodolce in the fridge.

Guess what I’m having on September first?  ;)

Goat Cheese, Vanilla Bean, Honey and Lavender Ice Cream

Yield: Serves 6

Goat Cheese, Vanilla Bean, Honey and Lavender Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup unpasteurized liquid honey
  • 2 vanilla beans, seeds scraped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lavender flowers (4-5 buds)
  • ¼ tsp guar gum
  • 1 full 500g container fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 150g unripened soft goat cheese, crumbled
  • Spectacular but optional topping
  • Pomegranate Agrodolce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, honey, vanilla beans and seeds from vanilla beans as well as fresh lavender flowers and bring to a simmer over low heat. Without ever allowing the mixture to come to a boil, cook on a low simmer for about 5 minutes to infuse the flavors and cook the eggs.
  2. Remove from heat and sprinkle guar gum on top of egg mixture. Whisk vigorously until well incorporated and mixture starts to thicken to a heavy cream consistency, about 1 minute. Set aside and let cool for about an hour or until cold enough to be placed in the refrigerator. Whisk in plain yogurt and transfer to bowl with fitting lid, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely, preferably overnight.
  3. When buttermilk mixture is cold enough, pass it through a fine mesh sieve to remove vanilla beans and lavender flowers.
  4. Delicately fold in goat cheese and blend to combine, no more.
  5. Transfer to ice cream churner and let the mixture turn until it sets, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Transfer the ice cream to a plastic container and put in the freezer to firm up, anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.
  7. Ideally, you want to serve the ice cream at this point, as it will become rock solid if frozen for an extended length of time.
  8. If you don't intend on eating ice cream immediately, I recommend you preform ice cream scoops and place them on a cookie sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. Put the scoops in the freezer until they are completely set, at least 2-3 hours.
  9. Transfer pre-scooped ice cream to an airtight plastic container and keep frozen until ready to eat.
  10. Take this ice cream to a whole new level! Serve it with a drizzle of Pomegranate Agrodolce
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Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Start with beautiful fresh ingredients

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Add crumbled cheese

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Churn, churn, churn

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Check for doneness

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Oh yeah, it’s done… transfer to freezer for a couple of hours

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Wait a couple of hours and serve

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Drizzle with Pomegranate Agrodolce

Goat Cheese Honey Lavender Ice Cream | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Enjoy, before it melts on you! 

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Comments

  1. says

    one: how you didn’t cave in for a funnel cake is beyond me.
    two: who the hell are you to make ice cream with goat cheese? you never cease to amaze woman!
    three: you should post a vid of your drop!

    • says

      You’re too funny, Jaclyn! Thanks a bunch. :D I’ll see what I can do about posting a video of that drop. Lucky for you, I happen to have one… well, my daughter does. I’ll have her send me a copy and hopefully, I can upload it to YouTube and get you a link. I’ll let you know if it works! :)

  2. says

    Well down you for not giving in to all those temptations. It’s true really that there is hardly anything healthy to be found at those events. Never really gave it much thought but I’m impressed you stayed so strong. Now if I knew I had this gorgeous icecream to look forward too I might have been strong too! ;)

  3. says

    Mmmmmm… love this recipe!

    Healthy food at an amusement park – seems like the ultimate oxymoron! I was surprised,however, when I went to the Calgary Stampede midway to find numerous healthy alternatives. My fav was the pineapple frozen yogurt. OK I admit I wolfed down numerous mini-donuts – but that’s a religious experience which doesn’t count!

    • says

      LOL! A religious experience! That’s funny… Hey, have to blame it on something, don’t we? ;)

      And did you really say NUMEROUS healthy alternatives? OMG, I would really LOVE to see that. When I went to the U2 concert last year, I was really surprised to see a couple of booths that sold fresh fruits. They had apples, peaches, plums, oranges, strawberries, watermelon… cost an arm and a leg, but at least, the option was there! I remember buying a Granny Smith apple that day. Now every single time I go to an outdoors concert, I find myself craving a Granny Smith apple. Funny the way our brain tends to connect things and events, sometimes!

  4. says

    I’ve been on a total lavender kick lately. I made lavender lemonade last week, and this ice cream will definitely be made soon!

  5. says

    Oh! Oh! Pretty pictures! It looks SO good. But what is a container of Greek yogurt? They come in all sizes. :) And good girl not getting any junk food on the weekend! I’m pretty good with not getting most junky food like hot dogs and cotton candy and stuff, but gelato? I don’t care. I just don’t care. I’m gonna have me some gelato. So, anyway, congratulations on being healthy despite the temptation!

    • says

      Did I really write “a container”? Oh boy… can’t believe I did that! A container is 500g. I’ll go and correct that right away, ‘cuz you’re right, containers come in all sorts of different sizes.

      And thanks for the congrats… you know what? I have to go though that same torture again tomorrow, as I am going back to that same amusement park with my daughter this time. Oh god. The ice cream and beaver tails again. And the smell of fried food hitting my nostrils pretty hard. I don’t like fried food, but there’s something about its smell that just makes you crave it, big time. But I’ll be good again! Have to, if I want to reach my goal. Plus, I’m still on that 30 day sugar free challenge…

      • says

        You’re doing an amazing job with the sugar free challenge! I bet it’s not even a real challenge for you. The smell of fried food drives me crazy too but I LOVE fried food. I hope it was easier the second time at the park!

      • says

        Oh, Erin, trust me, IT IS a challenge! Quite the challenge, too! I’ve really been out and about lately, amusement park, car races, movie theater, rock concerts… livin’ the life and havin’ a blast. But every single place that I go to, I can’t believe just how much we are being bombarded with junk food and sweets. It’s unbelievable. So yes, it has been really tough, but I’m also planning on turning this into a lifestyle. With time, it will get easier. Of course, there will be the occasional treat, but I really want to make junk and sugar a thing of the past.

  6. says

    But wasn’t junk and sugar already a thing of the past? I had this picture of you never ever eating junk food or stuff with white sugar. I mean, you haven’t even used honey in one of your recipes in the last few months, have you? :) But I imagine going to all those places with all the unhealthy food must be terrible! A real test.

    I’d like to make it a thing of the past for me but that’s just not going to happen. A reduction is what I’ll have to work on!

    • says

      Oh, I can’t forget my past all that easily, you know! I still get major cravings for junk food, sometimes. And the pastry chef in me still needs to whip up “real cakes” from time to time… like this one, or that other one, see? Not all that often, but a few of times a year I get the urge. I need to revisit this and find a way to make my cakes sugar free all the time!

      Then there’s still the problem of ice cream… but hey, I guess I can indulge once or twice a year! ;)

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