Fennel Pollen and Honey Ice Cream

Fennel Pollen and Honey Ice Cream


  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fennel pollen
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

In a heavy duty saucepan, bring heavy cream, fennel pollen, and honey to a boil while continuously stirring. Be careful not to let the mixture overflow. When the heavy cream starts to boil, reduce to a simmer, add the vanilla bean paste, and stir occasionally for 30 minutes over very low heat.

In a separate mixing bowl, add milk, eggs, and sugar. Whisk to combine. After the 30 minutes have passed, pour 1 cup of the hot heavy cream mixture into the bowl with the milk and egg mixture, making sure to continuously stir while you pour. After the hot cream has slightly warmed the egg mixture, add the egg mixture to the heavy cream that is still over low heat and stir occasionally for the next 5-6 minutes. Check the ice cream base to see if it is thick enough using the spoon method described in the video. Strain the ice cream base though a fine strainer into a clean mixing bowl. Let the ice cream base cool completely in the refrigerator and then cover with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator overnight. Make sure that the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker is in the freezer for 24 hours before trying to churn the ice cream.

The next day, remove the freezer bowl from the freezer and put your ice cream maker together. With the machine running, pour in your refrigerated ice cream base. The ice cream will take 20-30 minutes to fully churn. Remove the finished ice cream from the freezer bowl and spoon into freezer containers (plastic tupperware or glass canning jars). Serve immediately or freeze for later!

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Chef Pete received his classical training at the Western Culinary Institute in 1999, and then went on to work in the kitchens of various restaurants in WI, NM, and IL.

After working as a corporate chef for Sub-Zero Corp. and then the Viking Cooking School, Pete realized that there are 4 things in life that he truly loves:
1. His Family
2. Teaching others how to cook great food in their own kitchens.
3. Cycling
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