Eggless Anjeer (Fig) Ice Cream

Anjeer or Fig Ice Cream has been my childhood favorite and recently, when I relished some home-made anjeer ice cream at a friend's place, I knew I had to try making this at home. She was gracious to share her recipe with me, and it turns out that it is not at all difficult to make this rich and creamy dessert at home! If fresh figs are not available, don't worry; dry figs work fine as well!! So here's a recipe for Anjeer(Fig)Ice Cream that will have you licking the bowl and asking for more!!

2 cups fresh figs (10-12 pieces) the dried figs can be used if you don't find the fresh ones
1 cup whole milk
3 cups heavy whipping cream
4 tbsp honey
1/4 cup sugar (or adjust to taste)
2 eggs (optional - you can use 2 tbsp cornflour and 3 tbsp condensed milk instead of eggs)
2 tbsp sherry (optional)

1 tbsp vanilla essence
chopped nuts - for garnish

Peel the fresh figs and cut them into halves. If you are using dried figs, soak them in water for at least 2-3 hours to allow them to plump up. Now take a saucepan, add the figs and sugar to it and saute the figs for some time till they become swollen and soft. Mash with a spoon or spatula to form small pieces.

Now warm the whole milk a little (DO NOT BOIL, only warm) and set aside. Allow it to cool to room temperature. Beat the eggs, then add in the warm milk and whisk again. Finally add the whipping cream, honey, vanilla essence, sherry and the fig pieces. If you are making the eggless recipe, beat the condensed milk, add in the warm whole milk, cornflour and sugar and add the remaining ingredients as above. Set in a bowl and freeze it for a little more than an hour.

Remove from freezer, then beat it again using an electric beater or a spatula. Whisk until it becomes smooth and creamy, and no ice crust is formed. Now set it to freeze again immediately and leave so for 6-8 hours, or until the ice cream is set. You can also cover the container with a cloth to prevent forming ice crystals on the top of the ice cream.

Remove 2 mins before ready to serve, scoop out the ice cream into individual bowls, garnish with chopped nuts and serve with fresh figs!! This goes well with vanilla cakes too.

Tip: Honey and sherry add a unique flavour to the ice cream, so try not to omit them unless you can't find the ingredients. Also, warming the milk and allowing it to cool to room temperature helps reducing ice crust and makes the ice cream creamier, so don't skip that step!

This eggless anjeer (fig) ice cream is a delight to see and eat! This basic ice cream recipe can be followed to make your own variations by choosing different fruits and nut combinations

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Thai Fried Ice Cream
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Priyanka said...

Mansi, thanks for dropping by my blog. You have got a lovely blog here. loved each and everyone of your recipe. Your leelva kachori reminded me of my mom's kachoris (she makes it every year or purnima). the methi mutter malai and the strawberry almond cream dessert look very yummy.

Anonymous said...

Ice cream rocks!! and figs are my favourites, so can't wait to try this one:)

Dee said...

First time on your blog mansi, you have a great blog and I love the fact that you can make icecream without eggs!

Richa said...

love the anjeer icecream, anytime & everytime :) looks so creamy!!
hu elaichi pwd pan nakhu chu, goes well w figs :)

Mansi said...

Hi dee and priyanka, welcome to Fun and Food!

Richa- your elaichi powder tip sounds nice! I think next time I'll try it:)

Anonymous said...

Wow! That ice cream is just gorgeous. I wish I could have a spoonful!

Thanks so much for taking part in SHF #35!

Anonymous said...

So many nice fig recipes out there now, but this tops them all :)

Cynthia said...

Yeah the ice looks cool but it is the bowl I'm attracted to :)

Timepass said...

Wow, eggless fig ice cream.. Great.will give it a try.

Bindiya said...

i just love anjeer and honey icecream ,the commercially available one , never thought it was this easy to make at home, thx a ton mansi

Anonymous said...

whoa!! this looks fabulous and has the potential of a party stopper!! have to try this......thanks girl!!

Padma said...

I think you can make this dessert with any non juicy fruit,Loved reading it all the way thru, Gosh how many more incredible recipes you have, I like opening a treasure box.


FH said...

We need that now here! It's supposed to be first week of "Fall"!;p

Tee said...

Love it! I am happy that this can be made without eggs...have always wondered how to replace the eggs:)

Kajal@aapplemint said...

hey there , i discovered your blog thru Nora B's comment list. This ice cream does look fabulous and like it specially since u did'nt use an ice cream machine.Kinda reminds me of Natural Ice cream - Bombay :p

Cris said...

I personally don't know anyone who does not like ice creams. :-) Oh, and the egg substitute... that's so interesting!

Anonymous said...

Hey, never knew this was so easy, and the honey sure sounds like a great addition:) beautiful recipe Mansi!!


Gaurav said...

Hi Mansi ...Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great blog yourself ...the possibilities to try out are endless and the photos make you feel hungry.Looked up the fig ice-cream recipe ... looks tasty ...will surely try it out and keep you posted on it. :-)

Anonymous said...

ooooh yummy! i think its awesome that you can replace the eggs! but since im vegan, is there a way to replace the condensed milk too?? i have a feeling im pushing my luck and have to stick to sorbets :(

Mansi said...

felice - I can't let my readers be left out of any culinary aspirations! try this:

Vegan ice-cream substitutes:

1 box firm silken tofu or 8 ounces soy yogurt
2 cups soy milk
1/3 cup maple syrup

Combine all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until thoroughly combined and smooth. Blend in any desired flavoring ingredients (figs and vanilla in this case). Pour into your ice cream machine, and prepare following the manufacturer's instructions.

if you have to omit the heavy cream too, make sure you beat the tofu a lot to replace some of the lost creamy texture

Hope this helps!:)

Sanctified Spaces said...

Hi Mansi,

You have a great collection of recipes.I have fresh fig in my refrigerator. will try this soon.Thanx

udit said...

it looks delicious. unique recipe

cream canisters said...

Eggless.. huff, this always take my breath away.
But feeling bit relaxed after reading your recipe.
Thanks for sharing it here.
will be trying it today itself.