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Goat Cheese Ice Cream and Fresh Cherries

Goat Cheese Ice Cream And Cherries-Copyright©Tartelette 2008 Lately I have been on a fresh goat cheese and cherry kick. A bite of soft cheese of bread followed by a couple of cherries, pitted cherries filled by a spoonful of creamy goat cheese, chopped cherries folded into goat cheese cream on toast for breakfast. Nope, not pregnant, just enjoying the simple pleasures of summer and life in general. Like dipping my feet in the river when I can catch the right tide, catching crabs or taking the neighbors' kids down the creek at low tide to watch the herons. I live for moments like these and thank you Tea for reinforcing my feelings that the immediate, simple things in life are to be lived to the fullest.

You must be wondering if I live in some sort of idyllic community. It’s hard to understand our rhythm until you come visit like my aunt and uncle did earlier this month. Dinner? Let’s go check the crab traps! Sunset? Let’s get the sailboat and go for a ride? Just yesterday, C. called because our dogs had decided to trade house for the evening! I had Poo running award in the yard and she had Tippy begging for cake! Finally the twins created a little diversion with the cat and the turtle and everybody was back in their due abode. If we are eating outside on the patio and there is activity next door outside, it’s not long before we are "summoned" to bring that plate over and we’d better add a beer with it! Thanks to the weather, winters are just about the same.

Little things like these are big things for me being so far away from home. The warmth and appreciation for life in our neighborhood make it a lot easier to be away. It is never intrusive, always supportive and I am glad that my family got to sample a little bit of our life in this sea town that is Charleston. The heat and the water nearby make it very difficult not to feel like you are on vacation most of the week…except when the mean man calls about a past due phone bill…oops! My rhythm adapted along the years, not very different from my upbringing in Provence, and I don’t think I could go back to big city life now!!

Why this rambling about living to the fullest and being appreciative? Well, because I needed to write it out and also to tell you about another basic pleasure I enjoy: homemade ice cream. And you thought this post had nothing to do with food! The ice cream machine has indeed been working overtime this week, churning batches of classic flavors like vanilla and salted butter caramel but more interesting ones like goat cheese. With this heat, I have had no desire to crank the oven on, except to make our bread and that was done way late at night when it was a mere couple of degrees cooler.

I chose a fresh mild goat cheese for the ice cream since I was taking it over to the neighbors and did not want anybody to go "ewww" on me. It worked beautifully with the cherries that I just pitted and sprinkle with some lime juice. Obviously, with the heat outside, the whole thing turned into cherries with puddle of goat cheese cream, but at least I did not hear any complaints!! I hope that Mike from Mike’s Table likes the concoction because I a virtually sending these over his way for his Frozen Dessert Event!

Goat Cheese Ice Cream and Cherries-Copyright©Tartelette 2008Goat Cheese Ice Cream And Fresh Cherries:

Serves 6
Printable recipe

For the ice cream:
2 cups milk (50 cl)
1/3 cup heavy cream (10 cl)
3/4 cup sugar (170 gr)
2 egg yolks
1 Tb vanilla bean paste or 1/2 vanilla bean, seeded
3 oz goat cheese (90gr)

Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. In a saucepan set on medium heat, bring the milk and the cream to boiling point, slowly pour a small amount on the egg yolks to temper. Pour the remaining over the yolks and sugar. Stir well then pour back in the saucepan and cook over medium low heat until the cream thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and whisk in the goat cheese until completely melted and incorporated.
Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Process in an ice cream maker according to your machine’s manufacturer’s instruction.

For the cherries:
Mix together 2 cups pitted cherries and 2 Tb fresh lime juice

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Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 12:47 am

Beautiful post and beautiful recipe. It’s simple things like ice cream and cherries and kids running in the grass that make me so happy it’s summer.

LizNoVeggieGirl June 14, 2008 um 1:19 am

Anything with fresh cherries, and that brings up joyful memories, is a winning recipe to me :0)

LyB June 14, 2008 um 1:38 am

I love the way you write about your community and neighbors, it all sounds so comfortable and friendly. I have a huge shopping list of things I need to get for the coming weeks so I can make loads and loads of ice cream! Now I have to add cherries and cream cheese to it! 😉

Mike of Mike's Table June 14, 2008 um 2:58 am

I’ve wanted to try a goat cheese ice cream for a while but haven’t gotten around to it yet. This looks like a tasty flavor

Barbara June 14, 2008 um 3:01 am

Lovely post Helene. We had wonderful neighbours in Auckland and I miss them. I’m so excited they are coming to visit next month. Goats cheese and cherries sound perfect.

BlondeJustice June 14, 2008 um 3:04 am


You are a woman after my own heart!

I consider cherries a gift from the gods.

Well done!

Manggy June 14, 2008 um 3:16 am

Even if it is a little melty (I like my ice cream so hard you can bite and chew it, haha!), it sure looks really good and refreshing. I like a nice little bit of tartness too so the cherries are just perfect! 🙂

Cakebrain June 14, 2008 um 4:20 am

I’ve never had goat cheese in my ice cream before, but I’m game to try anything that looks that good!

Christy June 14, 2008 um 6:02 am

I agree with you and is so important to live in the present and enjoy the little things in life. And I sure am glad you decided to throw in that yummy looking ice cream while enjoying the glorious summer days!

Lore June 14, 2008 um 6:20 am

Way to go with the goat cheese! I’m sure cherries were perfect for this dessert 🙂

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 6:36 am

c’est parfait : je viens d’investir dans une sorbetière et je cherchais justement comment faire cette glace pour servir avec des abricots rôtis ce soir 🙂
merci Hélène 🙂

Rachel@fairycakeheaven June 14, 2008 um 8:27 am

cherries and goat cheese, I can almost taste it!! Sounds like heaven!

Meeta K. Wolff June 14, 2008 um 8:41 am

Yes for those of us living away from home the affection of those around us means a lot – i can so relate to that! The goats cheese and cherry combo is perfect.

anadelicias June 14, 2008 um 9:28 am

Goat Chesse Ice Cream??!!! Sounds and looks delicious…with cherries… hummmmmm!!!


Unknown June 14, 2008 um 9:54 am

i’ve never thought of using goat cheese for ice cream. i’m curious with the flavour. oh, and i am missing summer already. i just went to susan’s blog and saw heaps of red cherries. and now here, you post another cherry-based recipe… i’m dying…

Finla June 14, 2008 um 10:10 am

Wow i have to admit you do live in a wonderful place.
Here i hardly know my neighbours.
I too made ice cream last week still have to post them.
But i have never made ice cream with goat cheese, Looks really delicious.

Cannelle Et Vanille June 14, 2008 um 10:44 am

I was also moved by Tea’s post. You describe very much how I like to live (I don’t always do this but I’m trying). beautiful helen.

And you know how much I love any kind of cheese, and ice cream, and cherries… deliciously refreshing!

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 11:29 am

It’s nice to know there are still great places to live and make ice cream – I’m sure your baking skills haven’t harmed you popularity in Charleston!

On the topic of goat cheese ice cream – al lI can say is yum! My friend Hart Melvin at Gelato Fresco makes a great sour cream ice cream and I know it is amazing with soft fruit. My guess is your combo would be similarly delicious.

Vanillaorchid June 14, 2008 um 12:11 pm

It’s such a nice post and nice ice-cream with fresh cherries.

Cherry is one of my favourit fruits. I’m planning to make Cherry Clafoutis, the one I wanna make since I wrote your Blueberry Pineapple Clafoutis blog.

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 3:19 pm

Love all that neighborhood stuff and the ice cream photo is a work of art…just love it.

Brilynn June 14, 2008 um 3:34 pm

I’ve bookmarked this to make immediately, my ice cream machine has also been on overdrive!

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 4:08 pm

That is a very Zen approach to life Helene. Who knew? You deserve the Zen chef title more than i do. 🙂 People (myself included) are so caught up thinking about the past or the future they often forget that the magic happens in the present moment. There is great joy to be found in the small moments of everyday life. Nice reminder for all of us.

And the dessert of course, wow. I can picture all the flavors so well working beautifully together. You’re a genius! 🙂

Parisbreakfasts June 14, 2008 um 4:09 pm

I must first mop up the screen..ahem
The picture of the single verrine of ice cream + cherries has me in a state…the WRONG state obviously since I haven’t a clue where in NYC I could get this!
"a fresh mild goat cheese"
Will you name names?
Not Feta for sure..too salty unless it’s going to be caramel au beurre de sel 🙂
I want a ZAZZLE note card of the bottom pic too please.
To die for..

MyKitchenInHalfCups June 14, 2008 um 6:45 pm

Your neighborhood reminds me of two places we’ve lived. Groups, towns and neighborhoods have chemistry. And when the chemistry is right in a neighborhood it really is like heaven on earth.
The ice cream I’ll be dreaming about for days! or until I breakdown and make some.

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 8:51 pm

I would LOVE this recipe but would have to lie about the goat cheese to my family or they would not even try it! I love desserts that use fruit that are different than the usualy cobblers/crisps and pies!

Anonymous June 14, 2008 um 9:05 pm

What an interesting combination! I’m completely intrigued! And I love that your dogs decided to switch houses for the evening! That’s rich!

aforkfulofspaghetti June 14, 2008 um 9:53 pm

I love the sound of this combination – the tang of the goat cheese with the creaminess, plus the luscious fruitiness of the cherries… Mmmm… what a winner!

RecipeGirl June 15, 2008 um 12:57 am

It has never occurred to me to combine goat cheese and cherries. Nor has it occurred to me to include goat cheese in ice cream. You’re brilliant! It all sounds fabulous 🙂

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) June 15, 2008 um 1:21 am

It’s wonderful that you have made such a happy home away from the place where you grew up. That’s not always an easy thing to do. Now I have to wrap my brain around goat cheese and cherries — it’s a totally new combination for me!

That Girl June 15, 2008 um 1:49 am

I love goat cheese in all forms, I’m going to have to try it in ice cream!

Nina Timm June 15, 2008 um 4:38 am

This is so delicious looking,I cannot wait to try my hand at this…..I grew up in an area where we had plenty of cherries to pick – today I live about an hour’s drive away.

Natalie, aka "Sheltie Girl" June 15, 2008 um 5:40 am

Beautiful dessert Helen, I love goat cheese. Since I also have a love of cherries, I’ll have to give this a try.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Evelin June 15, 2008 um 6:38 am

Goat cheese with cherries – sounds fabulous! I’ve been wanting to try goat cheese cheesecake amd I imagine that adding cherries to that too should be delicious as well…yum!:)

Stella June 15, 2008 um 11:37 am

What a gorgeous dish Helene:) I juste l.o.v.e. it. And I’m fond of your recipients as well.!

Garrett June 15, 2008 um 2:49 pm

I’m so jealous of your neighborhood…it’s hard to find communities like that anymore. You’re very lucky.

Anonymous June 15, 2008 um 7:00 pm

How delicious! We used to get a dessert of goat cheese mousse which I just loved… I know I’d adore your ice cream! So perfect with the cherries…

Erin June 15, 2008 um 11:42 pm

Your neighborhood sounds lovely! I adore city living in Chicago at this point in my life, but once we’re ready for kids and such I think I’ll really enjoy the friendly neighborhood feeling like what you have.

Beautiful pictures, too! I don’t have an ice cream maker, but love the idea of goat cheese ice cream. Sounds delicious!

Heather June 16, 2008 um 12:43 am

i, too, absolutely LOVE goat cheese. mmmm. I’d want a waaay bigger cup than the one in this picture 😉

Peabody June 16, 2008 um 3:51 am

You and I are back to sharing the same brain as I made a goat cheese and cherry pie the other day.
Yours looks much more beautiful than my pie!

Aparna Balasubramanian June 16, 2008 um 9:56 am

Goat cheese into icecream, that’s new to me.
And I understand what you say. We just moved back to a smaller place from the city and so enjoy the slower pace of life. And its great bringing up a child in a place like the this.
We have the time and opportunity to smell the flowers, watch the rain come in and enjoy the little yet big things in life.

Elly June 17, 2008 um 2:10 am

Yet another lovely post and some crazy good looking ice cream! I am really going to need an ice cream maker with all the great recipes I’ve been seeing lately. I LOVE the combo of goat cheese and cherries. My husband and I actually split a fresh goat cheese/cherry dessert at a restaurant we went to last year and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Anonymous June 17, 2008 um 9:00 am

I think I was one of 8 four-year-old Americans to love goat cheese, and have been experimenting with it ever since. But ice cream… definitely bookmarking this one.

Anonymous June 17, 2008 um 12:49 pm

What a lovely combo… goat cheese and cherries! It looks positively delish!

I wish my neighborhood was like yours… but peeps are not so friendly in South Florida… 🙁

Patricia Scarpin June 17, 2008 um 1:37 pm

Helen, I tried goat’s cheese for the first time in Paris, last year, and became an instant addict. I have bought it here and it’s like going back to my dream vacation every time I have a bite.
I have never tried it in a sweet recipe, though. These are fantastic!

Anonymous June 17, 2008 um 1:55 pm

Hi Tartelette, this sounds so good and mind kind of dessert! You make Charleston sound so lovely that some times I think I live somewhere else. The heat is tough on me so I want to move every summer.

Anonymous July 17, 2008 um 6:36 pm

Love your blogspot!!!

Where did you get the beautiful glass? You have such an eye for precious things!

Anonymous July 17, 2008 um 9:50 pm

Helen- This post was simply wonderful. The recipe, the contemplative post, the pictures? Magnificent. Just reading this made me slow down and chill out.

…And the combination of goat cheese, ice cream and cherries? Equally magnifique.

Thank you for the mid day break.

teegee July 25, 2008 um 3:43 am

Im a new reader and I have to say I LOVE your blog!!! Your pictures are beautiful (second only to the actual food!). I just have to know… where did you get those spoons in the picture? Its such a small little thing, but I love them and I have to know! Thanks and great work.

Helene July 25, 2008 um 3:45 am

Hi Tara: thank you for stopping by, I got the spoons at Sur La Table.

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