honey peach ice cream

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It seems lately that ice cream isn’t really my thing. For one thing, it hurts my sensitive teeth. For another, when it comes to making desserts, I really want to use the mixer. And the oven. And butter and flour and leavening. The blender and the stove? Pbbth! That’s for cooking, not baking. Although watching the ice cream slowly change texture while churning is fun.

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But if I’m making ice cream, at least it’s peach ice cream. It’s the only flavor I remember my mom making as a kid, and I always loved it, even though I thought I didn’t like peaches, picky little brat that I was.

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For this ice cream, peaches are softened over low heat with honey, then pureed and made into a custard with egg yolks, sugar, milk and cream. Once the custard is chilled, it’s churned into ice cream, with more peaches, chopped, mixed in at the end.

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Because I had no desire for peach-flavored ice cubes dispersed throughout my ice cream, I stirred some vodka into the chopped peaches and let them set for a few hours. Hopefully the alcohol would soak into the peaches and keep them from freezing completely.

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It sort of worked. Nothing is going to stop ice cream from being cold, of course, but at least the peach bits weren’t ice bits. I personally would have still preferred the ice cream without them, but Dave liked them. The custard part of the ice cream was smooth and soft enough to scoop after spending days in the freezer. It tasted pleasantly peachy, although I’m sure the flavor would be improved by more seasonal specimens than I was able to find. I couldn’t really taste the honey, but since I do like honey quite a bit, I think I’m going to start replacing part of the sugar with honey every time I make peach ice cream.

This ice cream was chosen for Tuesdays with Dorie by Tommi, and she has posted the recipe.

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Temporarily or not, the above link doesn’t work for the recipe.  So here it is!

Honey-Peach Ice Cream (from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From my Home to Yours)

4 large ripe peaches
1/4 cup honey
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla

1. Chop 2 of the peaches into 1/2 inch chunks and toss them in a small saucepan. Add the honey and bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover the pan and cook until the peaches are soft (about 10 minutes). Scrape the mixture into a blender or food processor and puree. Set aside.

2. Bring the milk and cream to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk the yolks and sugar together until blended in a heatproof bowl. Drizzle in a bit of the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs (making sure they don’t curdle). Slowly add the rest of the milk mixture. Pour the milk/egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat while stirring until it thickens. Remove from the heat, pour into a heatproof bowl, and stir in the vanilla and peach puree.

3. Refrigerate the custard until chilled. Scrape into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While the ice cream is churning, dice the remaining 2 peaches and add them just before the ice cream is thickened. When the ice cream is ready, pack into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours until it is firm enough to scoop.

Comments

  1. Michele says:

    Your ice cream looks just perfect and using the vodka was a great idea!

  2. Joelen says:

    Great job on the ice cream and your vodka trick is great!

  3. Tracey says:

    Your ice cream looks fantastic! I really love the photos of the peaches.

  4. Lori Ann says:

    Your Honey Peach Ice Cream looks fantastic! I love your photos, the colors look beautiful.
    How in the world did you get your peach peeled soo nicely?? =)

  5. Teanna says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! And what a great idea to let the peaches sit in vodka for a bit! Brilliant!

  6. rose says:

    Honey Peach Ice Cream!!!!!!!!!! Hello summer!!! Excellent idea with the vodka in the peaches… I mean, how can you go wrong adding vodka to ANYTHING ;) Beautiful photography as always!

  7. bridget says:

    Lori Ann – As weird as it sounds, I just pulled the peach skins off with my fingers. I used a vegetable peeler to make an initial cut, but then the skins came off easily when I pulled. My peaches were very ripe though.

  8. Maybe says:

    It looks delicious ! The touch of vodka is a very original idea ! And I love the photo with the peeled peach :o)

  9. Sara says:

    Good idea to get those peach bits drunk first. I left out the chunks because I don’t like icy bits in my ice cream either.

  10. WEndy says:

    Your ice cream looks fabulous! I like the vodka addition.

  11. Debby says:

    First, the photos are stellar! I just happen to to have peaches, on my counter– and I could not decided between peach pie or peach ice cream (I decided to make both). I’m so glad that I found this post, because I was going to search for one. LOVE the peach and honey combo. Like you, I use vodka as my secret ingredient in making sorbets…sometimes I use amaretto. I can’t wait to try this.

  12. Melissa says:

    I did the vodka thing, and I’m kind of glad and kind of not. It made the ice cream scoopable – but that meant I could eat it straight outta the tub whenever I wanted. DOH!!!! I think I might try upping the honey next time, too, and add more peaches. I want a super peachy ice cream.

    And I love your retro ice cream dish. :)

  13. pamela says:

    Beautiful!! Love the pictures of the peaches!

  14. Jodie says:

    Gorgeous ice cream!!

  15. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I think your ice cream looks great and the added vodka is a huge plus for me:)

  16. Sara L says:

    I can only remember Mom making peach ice cream as kids also. She’s branched out lately though and made vanilla a couple times :)

  17. treewhisperer says:

    see..people like your dishes!

  18. Todd says:

    You don’t remember the raspberry ice cream? That stuff was great. Except that it was like 20% seeds by volume.

  19. Katie says:

    This looks AWESOME! I’m totally saving this! We are going peach picking next week so this looks like a winner for me!

  20. Caitlin says:

    Gorgeous! I had to go with sub-par peaches, but it still tasted wonderful.

  21. Spike D Punch says:

    I use candied ginger in my peach ice cream–doesn’t get icy and adds another flavor dimension. Chop into small pieces for better dispersion.

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