Thursday, September 30, 2010

Honey Sunflower Seed Ice Cream


Not gonna lie, Trader Joe's bread inspired me to make this flavor. I love their whole wheat sunflower stick loaf so much that I decided to combine roasted, salted sunflower seeds with honey in this frozen concoction. I found this ice cream to be very homey, comforting and nostalgic. I enjoyed the nutty bits contrasted by the amber honey. I made it for a few friends and, although they gobbled up their bowls, they didn't say too much except liking the large clumps of honey deposited inconsistently during the last five minutes of churning. I'd also like to add I made this ice cream more of an "ice milk" style - using more milk and less cream. I used a wild Oregonian honey which has a beautiful burnt caramel color and thyme flower flavor. In the future, I am excited to try this ice cream with Greek honey which has a super distinct and intense flavor.


Honey Sunflower Seed Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup roasted & salted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup honey

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or whisk to combine the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved (about 1-2 minutes on low speed). Stir in the half and half and vanilla to taste. Turn ice cream machine on, pour mixture into freezer bowl through ingredient spout until thickened - about 20-25 minutes. Add honey and sunflower seeds in the last 5 minutes of mixing.

19 comments:

Jennifer said...

This is so unique, love the idea!!

Peter M said...

Sunflowers seeds? Interesting take. I can taste the ribbons of honey in here. You might as well throw in full fat cream ratherr than half n, half. It's ice cream...supposed to go straight to yer a$$! lol

elra said...

Wonderful flavor ice cream, perfect for hot CA weather :)

Ivy said...

Honey in icecream, sounds such a great idea and sunflower seeds very original. Great idea.

Indie.Tea said...

What a unique flavor combination. I haven't been to Trader Joe's in too long, so haven't tried the bread version yet.
Your ice cream looks great, I'm a bit amazed that you didn't use any thickeners (corn starch, eggs)...

Anh said...

At first glance, I though it was mashed potatoes. Looks good.

Diana said...

It looks beautiful, TALF! When did you get an ice cream maker? You've been a vixen in the kitchen lately!

Esi said...

I"m loving your ice cream creations. So unique!

Anna A. said...

Jennifer - Thank you! The humble sunflower seed thanks you as well!

Peter - Haha, hey, watch it with the a$$ comments. I'd like to think it only partially goes to down there and partially goes to build strong bones ...or something.

elra - Thanks! Hot weather is the perfect excuse to eat ice cream.

Ivy - I wish I had access to some of the Greek honey...you lucky bee!

Indie.Tea - Yeah, I notice you make your ice creams with a thickener. I have tried it once, making olive oil ice cream with egg yolks, but to be honest, I am usually too lazy to make a custard and it usually turns out okay without it.

Anh - Hahhaa now there's a flavor!

Diana - From one kitchen vixen to another - thank you! My roommate owns a cherry red cuisinart so I've been playing with it :P

Esi - Thanks! Getting jiggy with it up here.

Rhea (Greek Feaster) said...

OMG.
You are a brilliant mad scientist. Anything with honey is a winner, winner bee-byproduct dinner!

Helen said...

mmm, your ice cream sounds so good! I too, experimented with different ice- cream flavours this summer but not as experimental as your honey and sunflower seed version. I think the most unique flavour combo I made was rosewater with dark chocolate chips. The rosewater flavour was dynomite but the dark bitter chocolate didn't go very well with it.

Anna A. said...

Rhea - Hahahaa my mom would be proud if I told her that since she is the scientist ...and I am the dumb jock :P

Helen - I love rosewater! That's such a good idea about putting it together with chocolate, but weird it didn't work. I did make a rosewater pistachio ice cream which turned out delicious, but it was nothing original. We must brainstorm some more rosewater combos! Hmmm... rosewater and raspberries/strawbs?

Helen said...

Anna, I cam across a rosewater ice cream flavour on-line a few months ago while looking for ice cream recipes and the cook had added candied lemon peel to it. OMG, does that sound incredible! I was just too lazy to make the candied lemon peel cuz I'm all about instant gratification :) Raspberries sounds phenomenal too!

Anna A. said...

I never thought about candied lemon peels, but that sounds inciting! What about rosewater and candied rose petals? lol

stuffycheaks said...

that's so fun! Making interesting ice cream combos. But I'm glad I never broke down and bought an ice cream maker. I have no self control!

Anna A. said...

Stuffycheaks - Yes, I didn't want to get one when I was living by myself because I'd have ice cream pregnancies every other night.

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interesting, thanks

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