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Recipe For Honey Ice Cream With Cinnamon, Cloves

2 cups milk
1 egg (whole)
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
150ml cream (just over 1/4 pint)
20 cloves
2 sticks (about 6 cm) of cinnamon

Put the milk into a saucepan and whilst heating it gently on the hob, add the cloves and cinnamon and continue stirring until at simmering point. Remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for about 1 hour. If you've time you can leave in the refrigerator overnight and so increase the effect of the spices. At this point you create a custard base using the infused milk, egg, egg yolks and sugar - see instructions from the vanilla ice cream recipe.

When you remove the hot custard mixture from the heat to allow to cool, stir in the honey until dissolved. When the custard is quite cool, strain it into another bowl and remove the spices. Cover and chill. Stir the whipped cream into the custard and then transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serves 6-8

This is a recipe typically enjoyed in the winter and over Christmas.

Looking for other Christmas recipes? Here is my Christmas pudding ice cream you might like to try. After all Christmas is a great time to try new ideas and have a little fun with home cooking!