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Fig and Balsamic Ice Cream

I’ve had some unsuccessful attempts at making ice cream. I blame myself for the majority of these failures (if one can refer to them as such… can something that has cream and sugar in it be bad?).  My mistake has always been that I’ve made ice cream in the middle of summer. Now, that might make perfect sense to you folks, but when you keep your apartment at 76 degrees on a balmy day, well, things aren’t likely to freeze very easily. I think my ice cream maker was having issues too. So, between those two things, the stuff wasn’t turning out the way I’d hoped.

Anyway, I decided recently that I’m not giving up. Nope. In fact, I want to start making ice cream on a regular basis. Maybe not every week, but once or twice a month (I think it might be time to get back into that gym routine).  I may not post every success on here, but given how good this turned out, I thought it’d be wrong to keep it to myself. Despite my obsession with Jeni’s Ice Cream and her beautiful book (which, shockingly, has sat on my book shelf, virtually untouched for two years.  Well, let me tell you, that book has now found a permanent place in our kitchen.

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  • Alice // Hip Foodie MomSeptember 18, 2013 - 12:33 am

    Making ice cream on a regular basis sounds like a brilliant idea to me. . it’s the only way to get inventive, delicious and beautiful ice cream like this. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda @themoonblushbakerSeptember 18, 2013 - 4:09 am

    I have only got my ice cream maker recently too. In australia it is almost impossible to make ice cream in the middle of the day, so I was always have to stay up to 2am churning ice cream if I want it!
    Jeni’s recipe for ice cream always comes out so creamy and does not melt as quickly (bonus).
    I would never now that you had failures when I look at this delicious ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie @lifelovelemonsSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Brian, This looks amazing!!! One of the best flavor combinations is fig and balsamic, in my opinion! I need need need to get an ice cream maker!ReplyCancel

  • Dan from Platter TalkSeptember 18, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Thank you for not giving up! Ice cream is an indisbutable downfall of mine, I have learned to accept. I love this twist on flavors – so creative and fresh!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanSeptember 18, 2013 - 9:02 am

    I need figs in my life!! Please send me some! LOL! This ice cream is gorgeous and I LOVE the flavor combos!ReplyCancel

  • steph@stephsbitebybiteSeptember 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

    This ice cream is screaming my name!! And I’m just loving the pink tinge :)ReplyCancel

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and healthSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:11 am

    this is one of the most delicious combination..ReplyCancel

  • KaseySeptember 18, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    This is one of my favorites from her book which, by the way, I use WAY more than I ever thought I’d use an ice cream book. This is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kelli @ The Corner KitchenSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Such a great flavor combination going on here, and it’s prime time for figs right now! I adore Jeni’s book….by far my favorite go-to ice cream bases!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarSeptember 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    I’m so happy you didn’t give up and came up with this! LOVE this flavour!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | The Sugar HitSeptember 18, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Oh, deliciousness. This looks heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.September 19, 2013 - 12:10 am

    I think I just died! What a heavenly flavor combo!ReplyCancel

  • Irina @ wandercrushSeptember 19, 2013 - 3:02 am

    OH what a beautiful combination of flavours… I can’t imagine a better bowl of goodbye-summer ice cream. The first time I had balsamic paired with fruit was only a few summers ago, and I don’t know where it had been all my life. Now I can try it in an ice cream!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKESeptember 19, 2013 - 8:53 am

    I love the flavour combo of this ice cream it sounds really fun! and these photos are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • alison @ Ingredients, Inc.September 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    omg heaven!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrew FrishmanSeptember 19, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    MMnnnn… Higos con vinagre!

    I LOVES me some Figs!ReplyCancel

  • DessertForTwoSeptember 19, 2013 - 10:11 pm

    This sounds like the only ice cream you’ll ever need for the summer-fall transition.

    I’m curious what the corn syrup does to the ice cream. I’ve got to try this. Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessSeptember 20, 2013 - 9:08 am

    I’ve been dreaming of great figs since we left Italy. They are very hard to find here. Your ice-cream is so pretty and so perfect for summer:)ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette's Healthy LivingSeptember 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    I love the combination of figs and balsamic vinegar although I’ve never had it in ice cream form – what a creative idea!ReplyCancel

  • DeLallo FoodsSeptember 20, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Wow! Looks delicious! We love figs and balsamic–a perfect dessert!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceSeptember 20, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    I love the combination of fig and balsamic. Unfortunately, I haven’t found that many good figs this year!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneSeptember 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

    I used to consider ice cream making to be a hit or miss kind of thing until I tried jeni’s technique. Amazing. Every time.

    Also. Figs. Yes.ReplyCancel

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  • Deeba RajpalSeptember 21, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous combination Brain! I’m loving this!ReplyCancel

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  • Coty and MariahSeptember 21, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Simply stunning! This looks unreal!ReplyCancel

  • Gail {A Stack of Dishes}September 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Thoroughly divine! Love the flavor combination. Thanks for this!ReplyCancel

  • Shiloh BarkleySeptember 22, 2013 - 11:48 am

    Oh man this looks amazing!! Vinegar is definitely a food group in my house.ReplyCancel

  • JadeSeptember 22, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    this sounds so amazing! i want to make this asap! beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

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    Mmm…this sounds spectacular!ReplyCancel

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  • KimberleySeptember 26, 2013 - 1:29 am

    Figs and balsamic and cream, oh yes. I’ve had some ice cream fails too. If I leave the bowl in the freezer for, like, forevs, it seems to help the ice cream freeze better. :)ReplyCancel

  • CarolynSeptember 26, 2013 - 7:31 am

    boy I wish I could eat figs. You make them look so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • FloptimismOctober 5, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    I so rarely use figs, especially fresh ones, but I had to bookmark this recipe…the photographs are amazing and the recipe sounds delicious! I also featured it on my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up today, and hope you’ll stop by to check it out. Thanks for such a beautiful post, and enjoy your weekend!


  • Mike BettsOctober 14, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Beautiful stuff Brian! I’d like to do a soup shoot…whatcha think
    (Currently listening to your Skinny Beet interview)ReplyCancel

  • Joanna ThamOctober 15, 2013 - 1:51 am

    I love eating figs but rarely used them in desserts. That’s because I really don’t quite know how to incorporate them yet. This post is truly inspiring and ice-cream is certainly perfect for the hot weather here, which happens to be all year round :). CheersReplyCancel

  • errol samuelsMay 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    what a combination like the idea well put amazing art workReplyCancel

  • FrancescaMay 22, 2014 - 5:25 am

    You’ve combined some of my favorite stuff here – balsamic, figs + ice cream!ReplyCancel

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