Honey Swirled Pear Gelato (Gelato di miele roteato pera)

The floral notes of the honey and pear dance together like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Give it a twirl!

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 10 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup honey, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1½ cups pear nectar
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pears in light syrup, drained and roughly smashed


  • Combine milk, cream, sugar, ⅓ cup honey, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks. Temper the yolks by adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Add egg mixture to saucepan, and heat until thickened.
  • Add pear nectar, cardamom, and smashed pears. Refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.
  • Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Stop the churning as soon as the gelato is just frozen. Swirl in the remaining ⅓ cup honey and freeze.