Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Peach Ice Cream

Happy Summer! Nothing says summer like ice cream... and peaches. So let's put them together & sit back in the shade while we indulge on this sweet, creamy, naturally delicious treat! You'll be glad you did. I promise.

Here are your ingredients:

Fresh peaches, heavy cream, half & half, sugar, vanilla, salt & eggs - but because I'm a mom of all these little ones & I'm kinda funny about raw eggs & the koodies they may-or-may-not have I use a pasteurized egg substitute. Also, you don't actually use the ice cream salt IN the recipe - you use it outside of the canister when you're freezing it up - but it needs to make it on your grocery list so I wanted to get it in the picture!

First step it to peel, pit & slice your peaches. Then get them into a bowl & mash the heck out of them with a potato masher. Or, if you're anti-chunks you can run them through a food processor or blender. Ideally, we're looking for mushy & liquidy with a few small chunks in it. Sorry - that would have been a perfect time for a picture, wouldn't it!!?? Fail.

Now mix all your ingredients in the canister portion of your ice cream maker & give it all a good stir.

There!!! There!!! Can you see the mushy, runny, but still chunky peaches? That's ideal.

Now just hook up your ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Mine has you fill it with layer after layer of ice & rock salt, all the way to the top of the canister.

Now go find something to do for the next half hour or so. But be sure to check on your sweet bit of Heaven every once in a while because the ice will melt down & you'll need to add some more to keep it full.

Waiting, waiting, waiting....... waiting a few more minutes. Ready? Are you sure you're ready? Because you're about to drool. I know you are. I'll give you a second to prepare.




Introducing: PEACH ICE CREAM! It's so smooth, creamy, perfectly sweet & just *Ahhhhhhhh*. Good.

The responsible thing would be to go get a bowl & serve yourself a reasonable amount... but if you just wanna grab the spoon & jump in I won't judge you for it.

Peach Ice Cream:

3 eggs, beaten - or 3/4 cup egg beaters
1 1/4 cup white sugar
5-6 fresh peaches, pitted, peeled & chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups half & ha;f
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

In a large bowl mix together eggs and sugar until smooth. Mash or puree your peaches & to yield about 2 1/2 - 3 cups. Add to mixture. Add cream, half & half, vanilla & salt. Mix well. Add it all to the canister of an ice cream maker & freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.