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Picture of Gorgonzola (Sp)ice Cream with Hot Candied Walnuts

A few years ago my favorite ice cream shop started to come up with strange flavors, like blue cheese, pistachios, salted vanilla. For me it was an instant addiction. This project was inspired by their blue cheese ice cream and salty vanilla with candied pumpkin seed swirls.

Gorgonzola, walnuts and honey is a classic combination though not in the form of an ice cream. So this is going to be weird, I hope weird enough for you to give it a try.

For those of you who have already tried to make ice cream at home, this is basically a custard base upgraded with different types of freshly ground peppers and Gorgonzola. But you may use any blue cheese you like. To make it really hot I made candied walnuts with cayenne pepper to top the ice cream with. Walnuts could also be chopped and added to the ice cream once your ice cream machine finished work.

The starting point of the walnut-part was a classic recipe available at various internet sites called Union Square CAfe's Bar Nuts which is a family favorite. However I altered the recipe a bit, increasing the amount of rosemary and cayenne, changing the brown sugar to honey, adding more butter and smoked paprika also.

Step 1: Ingredients and tools

Picture of Ingredients and tools

Ingredients of the ice-cream

300 ml cream

200 ml milk

4 large egg yolks

80 g sugar

150 g gorgonzola (or other blue cheese)

1 heaped teaspoon of various peppers freshly ground (I used green, white pepper, pink peppercorn and long pepper)

a good pinch of salt

Ingredients of the topping

300 g walnuts

3 8-10 cms long fresh rosemary sprigs

1 tbs honey

2 tbs butter

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

pinch of salt



cutting board

whisk, wooden spoon

ice-cream machine


small bowl

frying pan

baking sheet

parchment paper

attosa20 days ago
What a strangely intriguing combination! I'd love to try this!
Momos75 (author)  attosa20 days ago
Go for it, I’d love to hear what you think :-)
This sounds so delicious! I could definitely eat a ton of those walnuts :D
Momos75 (author)  jessyratfink24 days ago
Thank you! It’s hard to resist ...