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Brown Butter and Wildflower Honey Gelato

Brown Butter and Wildflower Honey Gelato

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I have not participated in a Sugar High Friday event in a very long time ….. embarrassing long! I was poking around a couple weeks ago and noticed that Elissa of 17 and Baking is challenging the group to come up with creative ways to use Brown Butter.  I love butter, and I really love brown butter. I thought of all sorts of ways to incorporate golden nutty brown butter into a dessert; such as sugar cookies, pound cakes, even an attempt at adding to macarons. Then it hit me!  What about a delightful recipe for Brown Butter and Wildflower Honey Gelato.

You may remember a Cinnamon Gelato I made a few months ago with my dear friend, Nanette. I decided to take the base of this recipe and mix it up a bit. It was easy! It came out … Creamy. Nutty. Luxurious. Floral. and Sweet.

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  • 300ml full fat organic milk
  • 300ml organic heavy cream
  • 4 organic egg yolks
  • ½ cup organic wildflower honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into slices

How To:

  1. Brown your butter.
  2. Heat a deep saucepan over medium heat.  Add the butter, whisk continually.  Continue to cook the butter.  Once the butter is melted it will start to foam a bit.  Watch it.
  3. Small specks will start to brown in the bottom of your pan and begin to smell slightly nutty.  When golden remove from the heat and set on a cool surface to stop the cooking.  You do not want to burn the butter.
  4. This is an easy process, just be sure to watch what you are doing. Let cool.
  5. Bring milk, cream, and honey slowly to the small boil in a saucepan.  Remove from heat and temper your egg yolks into a small amount of the hot mixture.  Once tempered slowly add to the milk mixture and whisk to incorporate.
  6. Return to a very low heat and slightly simmer, while stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.  It is very important to continue to stir and to do it over low heat or you will scramble your mixture.
  7. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl.  When it’s cool, stir in the browned butter and place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (I left it overnight).
  8. Put the mixture into your ice cream machine and process according to the instructions included.
  9. Serve.
  10. Eat.


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Friday 6th of January 2012

I have been looking for a recipe like this. I have made a browned butter ice cream before but it was more involved. My family prefers gelato, and my last attempt to convert a recipe from ice cream didn't have the flavor i was looking for. I like the use of honey and absence of vanilla extract.

Chez Us

Wednesday 1st of September 2010

Carrie - I use the same maker for both ice cream and gelato - it always in the freezer and ready to go! Also, how to temper for cooking is here (you learned this question at IFBC)

Sandy - I got the bowls at Crate and Barrel, early this year; but, I don't seem them listed now. Here are some that are similiar

Nanette - do you know where to order these bowls at?

my little expat kitchen

Wednesday 1st of September 2010

I love these flavors but never had them in ice cream before. I would love to try this. Magda


Tuesday 31st of August 2010

Yummy Honey and Butter in Ice Cream. That is a trifecta! Great looking stuff!


Tuesday 31st of August 2010

Un régal avec le miel, je suis aussi fan de crème glacées à toutes les sauces Je te souhaite une bonne journée Valérie