Scooped: Persimmon and Honey Ice Cream

  • to 6 ripe persimmons, depending on size
  • 1 1/2 Cup  heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Cup  whole milk
  • egg yolks
  • 1/4 Cup  sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  honey
  • to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon  grated or minced ginger
Persimmons, clearly golden. Jewish and Chinese holidays, despite some obvious differences, actually have many important features in common. Nothing puts a Jew at ease like a holiday characterized by ancient traditions, delicious foods that represent those traditions, and the widespread exchange of cash. As good Jews, Max and I decided this week to honor Chinese New Years with an ice cream recipe that pays homage to the tradition of using gold-colored ingredients for a rich year. Golden persimmons, golden honey, golden yolks, a touch of golden ginger; you get the picture. The resulting ice cream is smooth and lush, with a hint of honey-and-ginger spice. Chinese desserts are often unfairly maligned for their lack of sweetness, but I appreciate a Cantonese chef's light touch with the sugar. After a complex, multi-course Chinese New Years meal (don't all Jewish families have those?), a subtle, mild dessert is exactly what the (Jewish) doctor ordered. It's even more delicious topped with a ladleful of warm, sweet red bean soup, cooked with orange peel. The more of this ice cream I eat, the more strongly I support further integration of Chinese and Jewish holiday traditions. Lion dancers at the Seder, anyone? About the authors: Ethan Frisch is the chef and co-mastermind behind Guerrilla Ice Cream. He's traveled around the world (30 countries, 5 continents) and worked as a pastry chef and line cook in some of NYC's great (and not so great) restaurants. He currently lives in London, where he really misses New York City tap water. Max Falkowitz writes Serious Eats' weekly Spice Hunting column. He's a proud native of Queens, New York, will do just about anything for a good cup of tea, and enjoys long walks down the aisles of Chinese groceries.

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Recipe Details

Preparation Time: 
40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
7 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 
8 hours


Calories per serving:

710 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 298g 459%
  • Carbs 385g 128%
  • Saturated 181g 907%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Sugars 297g
  • Monounsaturated 86g
  • Polyunsaturated 13g
  • Protein 46g 92%
  • Cholesterol 1,420mg 473%
  • Sodium 615mg 26%
  • Calcium 1,418mg 142%
  • Magnesium 136mg 34%
  • Potassium 2,497mg 71%
  • Iron 8mg 47%
  • Zinc 6mg 37%
  • Phosphorus 1,269mg 181%
  • Vitamin A 3,401µg 378%
  • Vitamin C 187mg 312%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 38%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 135%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 32%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 128µg 32%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 87%
  • Vitamin D 16µg 4%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin K 25µg 32%
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