Honey and Elderflower Ice Cream #SundaySupper

This weeks #SundaySupper is all about beating the heat. For me this seemed like a slightly sad thing to write about seeing as how we have had one of the coldest and wettest summers in the UK. But it wasn’t that long ago that my husband and I were toughing it out through Texas summers so the heat is still fresh in my mind. My first thought was doing something on the grill because while I was living in Texas during the summer I cooked almost all of my meals on the grill. But with all of this wind and rain we are having I decided that might not be the best idea. I had just finished my first ever batch of Elderflower Cordial so I decided to attempt a cool dessert with it. For some reason the first thing that popped into my head to pair it with was honey, I have no idea why but for some reason I couldn’t shake it. After some research I was intrigued to discover that this combination was not a very common one, with only one ice cream recipe result at About.com. I was slightly nervous, wondering if everyone else knew something that I didn’t, but I decided to give it a try any way. It isn’t the easiest ice cream I have ever made, but the result was sweet, creamy heaven!

Honey and Elderflower Ice Cream

100g (1 c.) fine or caster sugar
500mL (18 fl oz) milk
3 tsp liquid glucose
3 large egg yolks
250g (9oz) Creme Fraiche
150ml double cream
200mL (3/4 c.) Elderflower Cordial
1 Tbsp runny honey
recipe adapted from About.com

Place the sugar, milk and liquid glucose into a large saucepan and stir well. Place over a gentle heat and warm the milk through until it is giving off steam, but not boiling.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a large roomy baking bowl until light and fluffy.

Continue whisking whilst slowly adding the warmed milk. Then add the egg and milk mixture back to the milk in the pan and whisk thoroughly. Return the pan and the cream to the gentle heat and continue stirring until the cream has thickened. Do not allow the cream to boil, if you feel it is cooking too quickly, or sticking to the bottom of the pan, remove it from the heat to allow it to cool a little, lower the heat then continue cooking. The more time you take over this part the better the cream will be in the end. It is finished when the milk coats the back of a spoon like in the photo. It took this process a long time for me, I think I might have been a little too safe on the heat side of things but I would rather it go slowly then have the cream on too high of a heat and scaled.

Strain the cream through a fine sieve and put to one side and allow to cool.

You can allow the custard base to cool sitting in room temperature but if you are like me and don’t have the time here is a trick I used to cool it off. I took the glass bowl with the custard in it and sat the bowl in a larger container of ice and water. Stir the custard every once in a while to help it cool evenly. Once completely cool add the creme fraiche, the whipping cream, cordial and honey and stir well.

Either churn in an ice cream machine following the manufacturers instructions, or, pour the mixture into a shallow freezer container and place in the freezer. Beat the mixture three or four times as it freezes to break up any ice crystals and to create a smooth ice cream.

Once frozen, cover and store until needed. Remove the ice cream from the freezer ten minutes before serving to soften it a little. If you like drizzle a little extra honey on when serving.

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19 thoughts on “Honey and Elderflower Ice Cream #SundaySupper

  1. Looks so creamy and delicious. I have not had elderflower in a long, long time. I need to add this to my ice cream recipes to make this summer.

    • I was introduced to elderflowers about three years ago and I am so glad they did. Elderflower cordial with soda water is still my favourite drink. Hope you find some to give it a try. If you have a Ikea near you they sell the cordial in their shop.

  2. I’ve never tried elderflower before, but recently have come across many recipes using them!Have to try soon!These look delicious 🙂

    • If you struggle finding elderflower and have an Ikea near by take a look in their shop, I was able to find it there when I lived in the USA.

  3. This is such a unique and cool recipe. I am loving this one so much. You took it to a whole different level with this. I mean honey with elderflower, you’re a genius.

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