Step 1Cut the tough ends off the fig stems. . Quarter the figs and place in a medium saucepan with the sugar, lemon zest, salt and water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, until the figs are soft and translucent.
Step 2Puree the mixture by passing it through a food mill and return it to the saucepan. Cook over low heat until it is a very thick paste, about 15 minutes.
Step 1Heat the milk and whipping cream together in a large saucepan until scalding but not boiling. Remove from heat.
Step 2Stir a little of the hot milk into the beaten eggs then return the mixture to the pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens slightly. Do not boil.
Step 3Remove the custard from the heat and stir in the honey until blended, then add the brandy. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any lumps.
Step 4Chill in the refrigerator several hours or overnight, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. This ice cream tastes best served right from the ice cream maker, topped with a spoon of fig jam. Otherwise, spoon the ice cream into a chilled glass bowl and cover before freezing. Remove from the freezer to temper 10 to 15 minutes before serving.