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Castello Summer of Blue — Blue Cheese and Buttered Pear Ice Cream

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  • Author: Asha Yoganandan


Slightly savory and sweet, this frozen custard highlights the notes of caramel in blue cheese for a silky cold treat that is great with a charcuterie plate.


  • 6 oz Castello’s Danish blue cheese
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 T light brown sugar or maple sugar
  • 1 ripe pear, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 T butter


  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the half and half on low to a gentle simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the yolks and sugar until light and pale yellow in color.
  3. When the milk is ready, pour the milk into loosened yolks in a slow, steady stream, continuously whisking to incorporate the hot milk into the yolks.
  4. Wash the pan and pour the yolk-milk mixture back into it.
  5. Over low heat, stir constantly with a wooden spoon and cook until it thickens into custard and coats the back of the spoon.
  6. Remove from heat and place in a pan of cold water and continue stirring to stop cooking the eggs.
  7. In another pan, crumble the cheese at the bottom and pour in the hot custard, stirring to melt the cheese and combine. Some bits will stay as chunks and that is great.
  8. Add the condensed milk and mix to incorporate. Set aside to cool.
  9. In a frying pan, melt the butter and add the pear chunks. Cook until soft and slightly browned. Remove from and heat and cool completely.
  10. When the custard is cooled, chill in the refrigerator for an hour. Then transfer to an ice cream maker and follow instructions. To hand whip the custard in to ice cream, follow these instructions.
  11. Just before leaving it for the final freeze, fold in the buttered pears as evenly as possible without disturbing the volume of the freezing cream.
  • Category: Dessert, Appetizer
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