ffwD: Olive Oil Ice Cream

Olive oil ice cream with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil

I made this olive oil ice cream last night during a “night of prepping”. In my world, this means spending an evening preparing several recipes at one time to feed incoming guests. For instance, my sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) is graduating from graduate school this weekend, and several family members are coming to Chicago for the occasion. Therefore, while I prepared the olive oil custard for its churning and overnight chill, I made batter for sugar cookies, baked a genoise cake for a future Baking with Dorie assignment, and started the dough for another batch of pecan rolls, all of which will be served over the next few days. Yes; when I’m in the kitchen, I’m in the kitchen.

Anyway, after the churning was finished (thank you, purple Kitchen Aid ice cream maker!), I took the liberty of tasting a spoonful of the soft stuff. The ice cream definitely had a tasty olive oil flavor, but it was very subtle to me. I just had to take another bite to relish in it a bit longer. I liken this rather sophisticated ice cream to an extremely confident person who says in a non-obnoxious way, “Yes, I know I’m awesome. I’ll stand here in my awesomeness while you take your time coming to that realization. Don’t worry. I’m worth it.”

So, obviously, I enjoyed this ice cream and am further intrigued by serving it alongside caramelized black olives as Dorie initially experienced. By the way, is it problematic that I just compared ice cream to a person?

To see if others liked this olive oil ice cream, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jamie-Lee Burns
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 01:14:22

    Wow I’ve always wanted to try olive oil ice cream, and how impressive that you’ve made it. I love the idea of sprinkling sea salt on it. Yum!

  2. Trevor Sis Boom
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 01:36:49

    I enjoyed this too and would have enjoyed it even more if the flavor was stronger. The oil and salt topping made it into something quite nice I thought. Without it I think the idea would be lost on many.

  3. Food,Photography & France
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 03:31:55

    You’re moving into the realms of the Italian Futurist cooks, like Marinetti, from the early 20th Century – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futurist_meals

  4. Choc Chip Uru
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 03:37:41

    What an awesome ice cream, looks one of a kind šŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 05:22:35

    love the endless options that exist when it comes to Ice cream flavors! This one sounds so so good! šŸ™‚

  6. TrafficDiva
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 05:30:06

    It’s generally accepted worldwide to reference ice cream and people!!! I loved the way you described this interesting dessert..subtle awesomeness! =) Congrats to Gamer on her graduation!!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  7. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 05:39:35

    I’ve only ever tasted olive oil ice cream once and it was just a taste. I hope to have whole scoop of it soon.

  8. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 06:17:01

    I experienced the exact same feeling with the first taste! Nice job

  9. Louise
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 07:35:41

    Olive Oil Ice Cream is completely new to me, Yummy. I must admit, your “awesomeness” has me a thinking though, I had better brush up on the goodness of olive oil ice cream, and quick!

    Thanks for sharing…

  10. saffronandhoney
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 07:45:08

    That looks smooth and wonderful!

  11. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 07:56:25

    I felt like this was one of the more sophisticated desserts I have ever made! Kudos to you on all that baking! I am definitely impressed. I’m going to the strawberry farm today to get my supplies for the cake and I’m excited!

  12. Cakewhiz
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 08:21:08

    I have been seeing this olive oil ice cream all over the blogosphere today and it looks so novel! Your addition of sea salt must have added a distinct flavor at the end…mmmmmm!

  13. Ei
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 08:31:23

    Holy moly, you’re a busy girl! With a lineup like that, your family is going to be VERY happy.

  14. Adriana @ GreatFood360Ā°
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 08:37:50

    You are a TROOPER! That is a lot of baking/prepping going on at the same time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with describing food with people traits – this one was definitely on the assertive side.

  15. forgottenbeast
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:07:30

    You are productive! And hmmm, I can’t decide if I like the sound of olive oil ice cream or not. Although there’s definitely nothing wrong with personifying ice cream…

  16. cookingsgoodSuzi
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:43:11

    I was really curious about the taste of the olive oil ice cream and wanted to make it for French Friday’s with Dorie but alas I do not have an ice cream maker so skipped today’s but I will be in on next weeks. I am glad this turned out to be such a stately dessert.

  17. Cher
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:56:53

    I am a firm believer in batch making of “stuff” – sometimes its the only way to get things done.
    Lovely ice cream & congrats to your sister.

  18. mireia
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:39:48

    I love your comparison of the ice cream to a person, it makes me want to make this ice cream really bad!

  19. thekalechronicles
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:41:37

    I’m like you — in the kitchen for one thing means in the kitchen for several things, especially if the oven is on. I like your olive oil ice cream and would even try it with the pink salt (a rarity for me). Hold the olive oil drizzle, please (Enough is enough).

  20. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:41:54

    I have exactly that same type of sea salt but I put the fleur de sel on instead… interesting.

  21. Andrea
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 11:55:16

    Busy, Busy gal! Ice cream looks fabulous!

  22. nana
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 12:47:53

    I agree, it’s great to get a lot of recipes completed while working in the kitchen,
    especially if you have to wait for things to either chill or rise. You did a great
    job and your ice cream looks delicious.

  23. loavesandstitches
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 15:19:45

    Salt is a great idea! I think it was a delicious ice cream. The olives sound intriguing. If you do it, post a picture!

  24. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 15:20:37

    Have fun this weekend. Olive oil ice cream is new to me and I’m Italian! Gotta try this on out!

  25. Norma Chang
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 16:54:54

    Your dish of ice cream looks yummy but not sure if I would like olive oil ice cream, got to think about this some more. Like the salt idea though.
    CONGRATS to your sister

  26. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 17:05:49

    This is such a cool idea! Love the combination of olive oil and sea salt here – so different and no doubt delicious.

  27. Elaine
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 19:03:05

    It’s not problematic at all! This is a fabulous ice cream so I can understand your comparison. šŸ™‚ Yours is so pretty with the pink salt sprinkled on it. I hope you have a great weekend.

  28. Inger Wilkerson
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 19:11:36

    Pink sea salt & caramelized olives with ice cream–how avante-garde šŸ™‚ And what a great sister you are!

  29. amanda
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 20:22:20

    This sounds crazy to me. Maybe that means I should try it. Your description has me intrigued.

  30. Kathy
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 21:21:40

    Love how pretty your ice cream looks with the sprinkling of pink salt! We really enjoyed this ice cream, too!

  31. machisan
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 01:21:24

    Holy cow..this looks so dreamy and cool!

  32. Simply Life
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 05:32:09

    wow! I’ve never heard of ice cream this flavor but I bet its great!

  33. atasteofmadess
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 07:50:09

    Wow! I bet you can put anything in ice cream and it’ll still taste great! This sounds very interesting

  34. ohfishiee
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:04:54

    this is so special! i havent try any olive oil ice cream in my whole life šŸ˜€

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  35. sara
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:30:55

    Very interesting! What a cool ice cream flavor – yum!

  36. rondamkisner
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:34:22

    While a “night of prepping” is not always glamorous, the rewards are so great!

  37. Tricia S.
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:09:57

    I need to embrace your technique of getting a few recipes knocked out at once- I am turning into too much of a “Thurs night gal” myself šŸ™‚ Nana and I enjoyed this one and were surprised by the combo (and our liking it). Love the pink sea salt on top- pretty. Kudos to your sister – enjoy the festivities and family.

  38. Erin E
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:27:40

    Wow, talk about multi-tasking! That is definitely the way to do it. Definitely not problematic!

  39. Just A Smidgen
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:37:48

    Wow!! You had me revelling in your awesomeness.. until the caramelized black olives.. now that would take it over the top.. but it would make me nervous to try;) xo Smidge

  40. Miriam
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 12:01:45

    Tasty treat!! Good luck with everyone coming into town!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  41. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 12:37:11

    Wow!!! I have to try this!!
    I really hope you enjoy ur busy but fun family and friend time…

  42. sybaritica
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 14:48:09

    Gee… I’ve never even heard of olive oil ice cream. Love to try it!

  43. Ameena
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 15:45:58

    I’ve never heard of this before…I’m so intrigued how this tastes! Love it. You are adventurous for sure!

    Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

  44. eatinglikeahorse
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 16:49:07

    I saw a recipe for olive oil ice cream in a recipe book and wondered but this looks great.
    Hope you’re having a lovely family weekend šŸ™‚

  45. Jasline
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 03:12:54

    This is a very interesting ice cream flavour.. have never tried it before… wish I could have a scoop for the hot weather I’m experiencing right now!

  46. Parsley Sage
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 08:50:43

    I’ve seen olive oil cake but never ice cream! It sounds super interesting šŸ™‚ And slow down in the kitchen, you’re making the rest of us look bad!

  47. Bam's Kitchen
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 09:18:08

    How do you make caramelized black olives?

  48. Kristin
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 16:18:10

    Olive olil ice cream is a new one to me…but definitely intriguing!

  49. Beth
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 18:44:11

    What a great way to describe ice cream! Caramelized black olives are new to me, and very intriguing.

  50. JamieAnne
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 20:12:56

    I’ve never considered olive oil ice cream. Now I will.

  51. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 20:38:16

    Oh how I love when common ingredients are used in the most unexpected ways! Looks luscious!

  52. Audrey Allure
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 21:48:53

    Sounds interesting & looks yummy!

  53. Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 22:06:13

    This is one of those dishes that you just have to try at least once. I’m looking forward to making it over the summer — and of course another great way to use my himalayan salt!

  54. Purabi Naha
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 04:55:28

    Olive oil ice cream is really so innovative! Loved the concept. The presentation is great!

  55. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 07:03:53

    Hmm, sounds intriguing, especially with the olives! Great photo too.

  56. Holly
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 09:25:12

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this type of ice cream. Sounds interesting! šŸ™‚

  57. Mary Hirsch
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 21:32:54

    You nailed it. That is exactly what this silky, classy little scoop of ice cream would say if she could talk. Yes, this flavor is all-woman. Glad you liked it. And, I think you’ll make this again, am I right? I would say have a good week-end but I already know (because it is Monday night) that you are sick. I know it was a wonderful week-end but company is company and it takes effort. Get well.

  58. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 00:47:02

    Very, VERY unique ice cream and I’m really intrigued. I wonder if my kids would be interested too. Why not, it’s still “ice cream”? =)

  59. Chris and Amy
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 07:50:04

    Darn it! We’ve been so busy we couldn’t participate, and we really wanted to make this one. Love the pink salt. Great idea!!!

  60. vianney
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 08:50:18

    wow, your a busy gal…. I am loving this ice cream…

  61. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 21:13:01

    this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I have different flavored olive oils that I am thinking would be perfect for this

  62. mykitchenstories
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 03:25:55

    I love olive oil ice cream. Most inspirational recipe seen lately was grape upside down cake with rosemary and orange syrup and olive oil ice cream!!

  63. jora
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 12:08:07

    My brother’s at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology too. He has a lot of time left, though. Congrats to your sister! I really like the look the pink himalayan salt has been giving your dishes recently. Gorgeous color!

  64. Chica Andaluza
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 03:27:41

    Was flicking aorund for ice cream recipes and came across this post – what an amazing idea!

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