Pear & Blue Cheese Ice-Cream: Recipe

This pear and blue cheese ice-cream was inspired by an ice-cream that I tried at Salt & Straw in Portland earlier this year. It might sound like and odd combination at first, ill suited to ice-cream but when you try it you’ll soon realise just how well it all comes together. The beauty of this ice-cream is how the mild blue cheese flavour is complimented by the sweetness of the roasted pears, resulting in a semi-sweet yet savory ice-cream which is great paired with a small glass of muscat or topaque.

pear and blue cheese ice-cream recipe


Preparation Time: 20 minutes / Cooking Time: 10 minutes / Waiting Time: About 3 hours / Makes 1.5 litres


Ingredients

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 300ml full cream milk
  • 1.2L thickened cream
  • 2 large (56g) eggs
  • 150g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 150g mild blue cheese
  • 4 pears, peeled and cut in half

 

Method

  1. Place the cream cheese, cream, blue cheese, milk, and sugar into a heavy bottom pot and whisk with an electric beater.
  2. Add the eggs and cream and continue to whisk for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the pot onto the stove on a medium heat. Stir regularly to stop the cream cheese sticking to the pot.
  4. Heat the cream to 60°C and hold it at this temperature for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  6. Strain the mixture.
  7. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 220°C
  9. While the mixture is chilling, place the pear on a lined tray and bake at 220°C for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove the pears from the oven and cut into 1cm cubes. Allow to cool.
  11. Transfer the mixture into an ice-cream maker and churn as per the manufacturers instructions.
  12. Once the ice-cream has churned, mix in the pear cubes.
  13. Place the ice-cream into the freezer for at least 2 hours, and enjoy.

Notes

This ice-cream is a great alternative to the classic cheese platter to finish off a meal.

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Lauren has travelled extensively, allowing her to experience different cultures around the world. This has fed her desire to travel and try as many cuisines as possible. Lauren's appreciation for food is grounded in the philosophy that food has a unique way of telling a story about family, friends or struggles. She believes food is a way of preserving culture and the stories of the people behind them. This has inspired her to create recipes and design events that ensure food from different cultures is accessible at home.

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