The Secret Lives of Bees….

Spring has sprung. That has become more than apparent to me as I drag the dog out for a jaunt. I would love to say walk, however my dog does not walk. She gets all excited when you say the word walk. Her  little tail gets going so fast you swear that at any moment it will detach itself and take flight. The problem comes when she gets the leash on, goes outside, and then realizes that walk means she has to move herself. She will walk only as far as she wants. When she is done walking, she simply sits down. Unfortunately she seems to do this in the middle of our walk, and I alas, am stuck carrying her back the rest of the way.
Anyway, out on our jaunt, the flowers are in full bloom, happily spreading their pedals to greet the sun as it shines down upon them. Oh the pretty flowers. The pretty flowers that bring the bees. The evil, evil bees. Oh sure bees pollinate and make the world go round(blah, blah, blah), but bees are evil. They like to fly close enough to scare me but then not do anything but cause a small panic attack(I’m allergic…so I am anti getting stung). Then they fly back to their other bee friends and make fun of me. I’m quite sure my picture is up at the hive saying “go mess with this woman, win a free cruise.” It’s just so like bees to do that.
They think it is funny to see a girl carrying a dog that refused to walk, running as fast as she can on a bad ankle, because she is afraid they will sting.
Again, bastards.
So what does one do? I get even. I make something with honey, and hope it was stolen honey from their hive.
It’s warm enough around here to break out the ice cream machine. I don’t really have to break it out, since I do actually use it year round, though more predominately during the Spring and Summer months(obviously). I have commented on our current abundance of luscious strawberries, well they are still around, so I had to use them. Strawberry ice cream growing up was the pink junk that came with the vanilla and chocolate in Neopolitan  ice cream. As you can imagine I was quite surprised the first time I ate homemade strawberry ice cream…’s apart. There was no Nestle quick fake strawberry flavor. There were actual strawberries in it. And well, it tasted good. Imagine that.
I came across a recipe for Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream. Are you kidding me…strawberries and Mascarpone cheese…I’m there. And with the addition of honey, I get back at the bees!!! :P

Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sugar
6 egg yolks
5 TBSP honey
2 cups Mascarpone cheese

2 cups cleaned and hulled strawberries
¼ cup Grand Marnier

Place milk, cream and vanilla in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring just to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sugar and 2 TBSP honey in a large bowl. Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper it, or bring it up to the same temperature as the milk mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and again cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it has thickened s lightly and just barley coast the back  of a spoon, 5-7 minutes; remove the pan from the heat. Add the Mascarpone cheese and mix well. Refrigerate until it cools to at least 40F, about 2 hours.
While the ice cream base is chilling, toss the strawberries with the Grand Marnier(you may want to omit because ice cream if you don’t like soft ice cream) and 3 TBSP honey;set aside.
Begin freezing the ice cream. When the ice cream is very thick, but still soft(after 20 minutes, depending on your ice cream maker) add the strawberries and liqueur. Continue freezing to a soft consistency. Transfer the ice cream to a covered container and place in the freezer until completely frozen.

Source: Adapted from Caprial’s Desserts by Caprial Pence and Melissa Carey, 2001



  1. Looks delectable. Nice work, Peabody!

  2. I’m with you on the bees Peabody…evil tiny flying bugs. I was stung numerous times as a kid and blame them, partly, for my dislike of summer.
    The ice cream can only be better with marscapone and honey. Yummy.

  3. Be still my heart. Mascrapone? Strawberries? Honey? It’s got my name all over it. And btw, I’m allergic too. It sucks doesn’t it?

  4. I’m terrified of most things with more than two legs :)

    The ice cream looks wonderful! I’ve never had “real” strawberry ice cream before. I’m hoping to convince my husband that we need an ice cream maker this weekend.

  5. That looks tasty…maybe I will try it out with my brand new ice cream maker! (ps – I like your ice cream dish.)

  6. Well, I think you showed those bees who is in charge-and that poor puppy-it just doesn’t like the leash-wonder how fast puppy would move if a bee were to attack? The ice-cream is sensational!

  7. Some things you just know were made for each other even when you’ve never tasted them together before: strawberries, Marscrapone and honey, that would have to be one of them!!!
    Perhaps you could switch pictures in the hive on them.
    Sorry about the allergy, not to be toyed with.

  8. absolutely sophisticate!
    I thought we were the only one carring our dog home… he particularly liked sitting down right by someone’s lawn where our neighbors were doing something there *argh*

  9. Wow, does that ever sound good. Am sure the mascarpone gives it a smoothness that you can’t get without it. Will have to give it a try.

  10. That sounds fantastic – will have to put this on the list for this summer. It’s getting mighty long…

  11. hahahaha you had me laughing all the way. About a dog refusing to walk, never seen it before, except at the vet´s door, and that doesn´t count. Phoebe, on the other hand, leads me forcefully most of the time… one has to wonder who´s the pack leader.
    Anyways, great looking ice cream, I need to get an ice cream maker very soon, the warm weather in the Northern hemisphere means every food blogger makes ice cream, just not fair!

  12. haha u are lucky u still have the bees haven’t u seen the news….the bees are vanishing all over US …dunno where they goin or whats happening to them but all of them are dissapearing and all their hives are empty ! so where’s the honey going to come frm ….??? BTW i just love your 1ce cream.

  13. Oh, that looks & sounds wonderful! I’ll take a scoop too! ;-)

  14. Looks totally devine! I can almost taste the hint of Grand marnier now. I bet it would be good with peaches also.

  15. You know I love a good ice cream recipe! And I’m all about getting back at those pesky stinging bees.

  16. Yum yum yum! That looks absolutely delicious.

  17. I think I’m due for a beatdown if I come home with an ice cream maker ;)

  18. Lovely ice cream, mmm. I don’t mind bees but am pretty much terrified by wasps!

  19. That ice cream looks amazing. I think you got the bees back very well.

  20. I love the dish! Too cute, and the ice cream looks yummy too. :D

  21. Sucks to the bees! If we all make this ice-cream that’ll show ‘em!

  22. I can carry your dog for you anytime you want if I can have a cup of this Ice cream. BTW, The mascarpone cheese recipe did work this time. It is sitting in the fridge waiting for me. Thanks again for your advice.

  23. I was just about to post an ice cream too when I decided to do a little blog round…Great recipe! I all over ice creams right now!

  24. hit submit saying I love the way you describe your bee not so fun adventure…I am the same way….Sweet revenge indeed!

  25. OK, I’ve stopped laughing, so I can write this (with a few giggles still erupting). What fiendish revenge you inflicted on bees everywhere! Gorgeous pictures too!

  26. Uhm – I’m in the middle of MAKING this ice cream, and read the directions where it says add SUGAR. There is no sugar listed in the ingredients. I’m going to have to guess – probably 1 1/2 cups or so? Will taste it after I add the honey and gradually add sugar to taste, I guess.

  27. peabody says:

    Carolyn- oops, sorry. I wrote this late at night…it was 1 1/4 cups but hopefully it turned out all right for you.

  28. Gracie, my picture is so right next to yours in that hive. Bastards. I think the thrill they get from me is that a small squeaky scream always erupts when they do the fly-by around my head. Fakkers.

    Way to get back at them!! This icecream looks and sounds so summery & delish!


  29. Ahh dogs, so fickle! Mine won’t go out, when its raining, but he’s a water dog!
    Ice cream looks lovely. I’m finding that everyone is making ice cream and its creating too many recipes for me to catch up.

  30. You evil, evil woman. The very least you could do is supply some tissues for us to mop up the puddles of drool with after viewing this kind of sublime lusciousness!

  31. the perfect revenge!

  32. Cunning revenge tactics, you win on all counts! Sounds great!

  33. I love the idea of strawberries and mascrapone together- I once had a great strawberry tiramisu, this ice cream sounds great!

  34. beautiful beautiful beautiful pictures.

  35. I’m scared of bees too. I don’t know if I’m allergic but I don’t wanna find out. I agree about strawberries and mascarpone…YUM!

  36. Whoa, that looks delicious. I am scared to try to make ice cream for fear I won’t stop.

  37. I’m on a mascarpone binge right now, so I might as well add this gorgeousness to my list and my hips. It is making my taste buds twinge with longing.

    Your dog’s funny. Ours knows the “walk” word too, but loves “ride” better. Yes, my husband actually takes her for a ride in the car. No, he isn’t on errands. So much for the environment…

  38. The ice cream looks faboulous. How much does it make? I have a 1.5 quart machine and am wondering if I need to cut the recipe in half???? It looks like a lot of liquid.

  39. You just summed up my general experiences with bees. Except much more entertaining… I normally just refer to them as my “sworn enemy”. :)

  40. I just came across your gorgeous blog while searching for pumpkin ice cream recipes. This looks like to die for!

  41. Hey- I just whipped up a half-batch of this using homemade mascarpone! I cut the recipe in half, due to my small ice cream maker and only having 1 cup of mascarpone. I also won’t do the strawberries, ’cause they aren’t good here yet, or even available. I think I might add some toffee chips during the last few minutes of freezing. I’ve never had mascarpone ice cream- I’m excited! In the summer, I’ll try the strawberry version. :)


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