Fig Ice Cream


If you like figs, you will love this.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 cups dried figs

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 egg yolks

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Soak figs in a bowl of water until softened, 3 to 4 hours. Drain figs and chop.

  2. Combine chopped figs, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until until sugar is dissolved and figs begin to break down, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes. Cover saucepan with a lid and refrigerate.

  3. Heat half-and-half in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until hot but not boiling, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  4. Whisk 1/2 cup sugar, egg yolks, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Temper egg mixture by drizzling 1 to 2 tablespoons half-and-half into egg mixture, while continuously whisking egg mixture until slightly warmed. Pour egg mixture into half-and-half and return saucepan to medium-low heat; cook, whisking constantly, until custard is smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes.

  5. Place saucepan with custard in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally, until chilled, about 30 minutes. Stir sour cream and vanilla extract into chilled custard. Cover saucepan and chill custard completely, at least 3 hours.

  6. Process custard in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Stir fig mixture into ice cream in the last 5 minutes of processing. Transfer fig ice cream to a container and freeze until solid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
15g Fat
53g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 191mg 15%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 500mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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