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I am so glad you’re here: do I have an idea for you! Honeyed goat cheese ice cream. Sounds good, right?
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Jeffrey and I were at Trader Joe’s doing the grocery shopping yesterday, and what did my little eyes spy? Trader Joe’s Goat Cheese with honey! Glorious. I didn’t get any, but I know exactly what I’m going to do with it when I go back. How does honeyed goat cheese ice cream sound? And if that’s not enough to stop you in your tracks, how about serving some softened honeyed goat cheese ice cream with some honey roasted pears? Oh, I can hardly contain myself!
How to do this, you ask? It’s really not too hard. Make a custard ice cream base, like this one (reduce it by half, if you’d like–it does make a lot) using 1 oz. of goat cheese per half cup of liquid dairy (milk/cream/half and half). While the ice cream is churning merrily away, peel (or not–your choice), halve and core Seckel pears (those cute little ones) or Bosc Pears (those lovely russet/gold colored ones). Brush them with some melted butter, drizzle them with honey and sprinkle on a pinch of salt. Roast these little beauties in a 375 degree, F, oven until they are tender and starting to caramelize. Place 1 pear half (if using Bosc pears) or 3 halves (Seckel Pears) in a dish and top with a quenelle of soft-churned goat cheese ice cream. Just for fun and some extra texture, sprinkle on a few chopped candied pecans.
And please, people, put some salt in your desserts–you will be glad you did.
Seriously, if you’re a fan of goat cheese and pears, you really can’t go wrong with this dessert. What are your thoughts?