Happy New Year to those who celebrated! I hope this year is marked by happiness and most importantly, good health. To ensure a sweet new year, I bet you ate your apples and honey. I certainly did. The honey very obviously represents the sweet, but do you know what the apples represent? Ancient Jews used to think apples had healing properties. Now, you know where your mom got the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
We all know it wouldn’t be a Bite-Sized holiday party without a special recipe, and for this special holiday, I put a spin on an old classic. What do you get when you combine apples, honey, and a Bite-Sized Blonde? Apple Pie and Honey Ice Cream, that’s what. What a sweet, sweet way to ring in 5772.
Honey Ice Cream (about 1 quart)
1 1/3 cup of milk
1 1/3 cups heavy cream
¾ cup honey
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg, separated
Put milk, cream, and honey into a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until honey dissolves and mixture is hot, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and then transfer mixture to a large bowl set into another large bowl, filled with ice, and set aside, stirring occasionally, until chilled. Put egg white into a clean medium bowl and whisk until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Whisk egg yolk in a small bowl until pale yellow and thick, about 1 minute. Fold beaten egg white into egg yolk until well mixed, then fold egg mixture into chilled milk–honey mixture.
Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Then, freeze for about 5 hours to the firmest consistency.