Honey Swirled Pear Gelato (Gelato di miele roteato pera)
The floral notes of the honey and pear dance together like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Give it a twirl!
INGREDIENTS | YIELD: 1 QUART
- 2 cups whole milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup honey, divided
- Pinch salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1½ cups pear nectar or purée
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- 1 (15-ounce) can pears, drained and roughly smashed
Combine milk, cream, sugar, ⅓ cup honey, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks. Temper the yolks by adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add egg mixture to saucepan, and heat until thickened.
Add pear nectar, cardamom, and smashed pears. Refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions for freezing. Stop the churning as soon as the gelato is just frozen. Swirl in the remaining ⅓ cup honey and freeze.
Honey dates back in history as far as 10–20 million years ago. Egyptians sacrificed honey to their gods, Roman soldiers used it as a healing aid for wounds, and kings and lords would reserve it for their private use. Honey has always been precious. We are fortunate these days to have easy access to delicious, golden honey.