By Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty

I am a goat – at least according to Chinese mythology. Like most goats, I am stubborn and have a cast iron stomach. Sadly I didn’t inherit any nimbleness, but in celebration of my goaty-ness and the dog days of summer, I present to you lemon Goat Cheese Ice Cream.

Yeah, that’s right, I said Goat Cheese Ice Cream. It’s like cheesecake but with a deeper tanginess.

And here’s where you whine that it doesn’t matter how delicious homemade ice cream is you’re not giving in to the man and spending your hard earned $$ on kitchen trinkets that just take up space. To which I say, good you shouldn’t. I didn’t and I’m still eating homemade ice cream for breakfast.

Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 6 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • zest of one lemon

In a saucepan, bring milk, cream, and half the sugar to a scald. In a separate bowl whisk egg yolks and other half of sugar together. Slowly pour hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture whisking constantly. Pour everything back into the saucepan and return to stove.

Stir mixture constantly over medium high heat until mixture just thickens. It should coat the back of a spoon. Strain mixture over goat cheese and mix until goat cheese is melted and incorporated. Let the ice cream base cool completely in the fridge from at least 4 hours, overnight if you can.

Pour base into a blender and put in freezer. Every half hour or so, scrape down the sides and blend for 30 seconds. After a few hours of this pour into a container and let it freeze thoroughly. If you have an immersion blender, you can use that instead. Or, if the blender method is too much effort, just use a whisk to thoroughly agitate the base instead.

Goat Cheese Ice Cream is a great accompaniment to all the fruits of summer and with salted caramel sauce.

Goat Cheese Ice Cream is best topped with crisp berries, assorted nuts, and of course, some fresh tunes. Speaking of which…

Wax Tailor “Que Sera”

Eating ice cream always makes me feel young and carefree. Wax Tailor puts his own spin on this piece, the point being, “whatever will be, will be,” so chow down folks, and enjoy the little things.

Michael Polnareff “Ne dans un ice-cream”

Ahhh, ze French…Michel was singing around the time that Serge made his mark on French pop. While he is a master of the art, singing under Gainbsbourg’s shadow meant that his work didn’t quite get the recognition in America that it deserves. Doing my part for Polnareff, take a listen to “Ne dans un ice-cream.” Sing it Michel!

Jonathan Richman “Ice Cream Man”

Making our way into English territory, a bootleg performance of this adorable piece, which somehow feels a little political coming from the founder of proto-punk band Modern Lovers. Makes me wonder what that ice cream man is really selling…

Modern Amusement “Cold As Ice (Louie Fresco Remix)” 

Louie Fresco grants us this sly remix of Modern Amusement’s “Cold As Ice,” which features a tasty sample of Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel.” As you lick away at that chilly cup or cone, click away here for a free download of the Cold As Ice EP.

Swizz Beatz feat. Eve “Everyday (Coolin’)”

I don’t suggest attempting to make this ice cream with Swizz Cheese. But I do suggest listening to some Swizz Beatz while eating it. I admit, he’s a guilty pleasure. But so is ice cream. And both keep you coolin’ on a hot summer’s Eve…

10cc “I’m Not In Love”

Did we mention this ice cream is made with cheese? I love you ice cream, but I’m not in love with you. Listen, it’s not me. It’s you. I think maybe because you aren’t human…

New Young Pony Club “Ice Cream”

Tahita Bulmer, first of all, is named Tahita – rad. Secondly, this woman oozes cool. All she has to do is open her mouth and that new-wavey post punk attitude flows right out like hot fudge. Yum.

Thao & Mirah “Teeth”

After that super sweet NYPC video, I think we all need this friendly reminder from two lovely and talented ladies: brush your teeth. Little known fact – sugar causes cavities.

Battles feat. Matias Aguayo “Ice Cream”

The latest Battles album gives you a rush that won’t lead to a major energy crash later on. I suggest tuning in while you jog or bike off all that goat cheese.

Bob Marley & The Wailers “Sugar Sugar”

Time to relax and simply enjoy your sugar coma with a little islandy goodness courtesy of the one and only Bob Marley.

Catherine McNulty quit her day job and decided to become part of the problem, not the solution in America’s battle of the bulge by attending culinary school to become a pastry chef. When she’s not cursing ovens and scarfing cookies at ungodly hours in the morning, she can be found at Noms-Away.

Sierra Drucker lives, breathes, and apparently now eats music. She currently works for Format Entertainment as a Music Coordinator/Supervisor, and also spins locally as DJ Sea. If you’re hungry for more musical musings, head over to her digital homebase, Inland Sounds.