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Custardless Goat Cheese Ice Cream Recipe with Fig Walnut Swirl

Updated on December 6, 2012
Custardless goat cheese fig walnut ice cream, shown here with white peach lavender creme fraiche ice cream.
Custardless goat cheese fig walnut ice cream, shown here with white peach lavender creme fraiche ice cream. | Source

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5 stars from 1 rating of Easy Honey Goat Cheese, Fig & Walnut Ice Cream

Easy Cheesy!

It's hard to say whether this recipe is for goat cheese ice cream or fig ice cream. Both ingredients share equal billing, their flavors blending deliciously as goat cheese and fig always do, this time for a result reminiscent of a quart (liter) of luscious frozen cheesecake.


  • Prep time - 20 minutes
  • Chill time - 1/2 hr to 2 hours depending where you chill it. Do make sure it's as cold as it can get without freezing.
  • Churn time - usually 25-40 minutes depending on your ice cream maker
  • Freeze time - for best results, freeze another two hours before serving.


  • The goat cheese in this recipe is fairly pronounced. If you're not sure you or your guests care for it, you can reduce the goat cheese and up the creme fraiche to taste, for example 1/2 cup goat cheese, 1 1/2 cup creme fraiche.
  • You can easily use a fig walnut jam instead of making compote, or simply fig jam to which you add walnuts. This is especially practical when figs are out of season!

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  • Fresh goat cheese is sometimes lightly salted. Even if you're wild about salty ice creams, taste the cheese before you add salt...
  • This ice cream freezes a little harder than traditional custard ice creams do, so you might want to think to take it out of the refrigerator for a bit before scooping it out.
  • Garnish with fresh figs when in season.
  • For a Provence themed treat or dessert, serve with White Peach and Lavender Creme Fraiche Ice Cream (shown above, see link below).


  • 1 cup fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 T. honey
  • 6 figs, diced
  • 2. T. walnuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Melt honey in milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Careful not to boil over. Allow to cool a bit.
  2. Stir in fresh goat cheese, followed by creme fraiche. Chill thoroughly in refrigerator.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare fig & walnut compote. In a small sauce pan, combine figs, 2 T. honey, the walnuts and 1 teaspoon of water.
  4. Cook down until the figs have rendered some juice and are tender. Chill thoroughly.
  5. Freeze goat cheese mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
  6. When just done, add fig compote, or mix it in by hand for more of a swirl effect.
  7. Freeze two more hours before serving.


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    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      As strange as it sounds, it really is delicious. You can substitute other sweet fruits for the fresh figs (or fig jam) too. Hope you try it!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a unique sounding recipe. I would love to get the chance to try it. Goat cheese ice cream...yum!

    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      If you like goat cheese and/or cheesecake, do try, Om. It's scrumptious (though not as pretty as rainbow Jell-O...).

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      9 years ago

      Goat cheese ice-cream? I've never had that before! Got to try this lovely recipe. Thanks so much for sharing =D

    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      I'm so glad, Vespawoolf!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      9 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you for mentioning horchata ice cream on your page, as well! At first I thought it was a HP generated advert. I've received several views from it. : ) I'm glad you're enjoying the machine and inventing so many new flavors for us to try.

    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Haha! Thanks Peachpower. Your children's school would be just a hop, skip and a jump over the Atlantic and fortunately my cat likes dogs (but hates other cats). I'll try to keep it up but I'm running out of time on my 30 day hub challenge after my computer was in the shop for a week...

    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Thanks Vespa, I wouldn't be making ice cream at all if your Horchata Ice Cream recipe hadn't prompted my purchase of an ice cream machine!

    • peachpower profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      Listen, Letitialicious, I was wondering if I could just move in with you? I think it will work out smashingly well (for my palate, anyway), so I'm going to need immediate directions to your house. I hope it's cool if I bring my kids and dog. You are amazing, lady!!! Keep it up!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      9 years ago from Peru, South America

      I like the idea of being able to throw this ice cream together at short notice without making a custard. What could be more tempting than figs and goat cheese?? Thank you for adding another fabulous ice cream to your repetoire! Voted, shared, pinned.

    • Letitialicious profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Hi Denise. Boy, we are really on the same food wave length. I'm so glad you like the idea. Do try it. Thanks for the vote and the share!

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      Denise Mai 

      9 years ago from Idaho

      Oh, gosh. I adore figs and goat cheese. This sounds like a dream. I look forward to trying it. How nice that it isn't custard based. That will make it ever so much easier to make.

      Thanks for sharing another great recipe! Voted up and shared for my fellow foodies.


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