My friend Brandi has a wonderful garden. I’m not sure who maintains it – be it elves, gnomes, obsessive compulsive hobos – I have no idea. But it is pristine, weed-free and full of produce…and there is no way two working adults can maintain a garden in this fashion. She also has a couple of glorious fig trees, of which pounds and pounds of the sweet fruits can be found.
I wait until she’s gone and then I go steal them.
Yes, I do fear the hobos, but the figs are worth it. Soft and slightly fuzzy, deep in color on the outside and slick and seedy deliciousness inside. My latest fruit theft resulted in this fresh fig gelato, in which a version of will appear in my upcoming Frozen Desserts Cookbook. (Sorry, no, I’m still not sure of the release date, as it stands I am still getting all of the photo deadlines met.)
It’s a beautiful gelato. The color is rich and speckled, the flavor light and very adult-like. Don’t expect intense flavor here – figs are subtle and delicate, as is this gelato. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think!
Fresh Fig Gelato
Yield: One Quart
- 1 pound fresh figs, peeled
- 1/2 lemon, juice & zest of
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In small bowl, combine the peeled figs, lemon juice, syrup and vanilla. Stir and allow to macerate at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
After figs are ready, place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Stop the churning as soon as the gelato is just frozen.
Products & Brands Used in This Post
Because I am often emailed or asked what brands I use in my recipes, or what products I use in my own home, I have decided to start adding this section in my posts. Does it mean I am endorsing a product? No, it doesn’t. It is only to offer my readers a peek into what I use in each post. I hope it helps you!
- Sugar for Simple Syrup: Domino
- Vanilla Extract: Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
- 5 Quart KitchenAid Stand Mixer
- Ice Cream Maker: KitchenAid Ice Cream Bowl Attachment
*Disclaimer: No figs were actually stolen in the creation of this recipe. Nor were any hobos harmed, at least, not any that I could see. Thanks for the figs, Brandi!