Friday, June 25

{delightful} peach ice cream & almond crunch

I know you are saying again with the peaches. But hey I am in texas ... peaches are one of the crops that we do right. And ice cream ... well the heat index did reach 105 yesterday - i say i am justified!
Making ice cream is fun and so good. I personally like it when its in its mushy stage like above. It tasted like the best fresh peach milkshake there is. Yes just like my secret indulgence from before ... I like having the first taste. Cool, creamy, sweet with the comforting taste of peach.

There aren't many times when I think the taste of a fruit match the smell except where peaches are concerned. A good ripe peach will let you know. You can smell, the sun and sweetness just by touching that fuzzy skin to your nose. Hmmmmmmm.

peach ice cream with almond crunch by ann west

Ice Cream
1 -2 lbs peaches nicely ripe, peeled and pitted reserving both
lemon juice
2 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup whole milk
vanilla bean or paste

5 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup

sliced almonds
brown sugar

Place the peach slices in a bowl with lemon juice. Combine peach pits and skins and add the cream and milk and vanilla (I use the so easy vanilla bean paste!) 2 tsp. Simmer these on low for 20 minutes. Then strain.

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and gradually mix in hot cream mixture. Return the mixture to the heat and stir the custard constantly for 7 minutes or so until the mixture starts to thicken. Strain into a bowl and mix in the corn syrup and chill until cold. (I made this the night before even)

Takes about 2/3 of the sliced peaches and puree and whisk in to the custard. Dice the remaining peaches and fold in. Transfer to your ice cream maker and use their instructions to freeze. Once done - try not to eat is all right then - and transfer to another container to freeze.

The almond crunch has not real measurements. I use about 1/2 stick butter a couple of handful of sliced almonds and about 1/4 cup brown sugar. I brown the almonds in the butter and the sugar and let it caramelize. Then remove and lay out on parchment paper (it will be hot so be careful!) Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Once cool scoop your ice cream and add some crunch.

A Texas summer in a scoop!


Char said...

oh my word...delish.

:) and i'm go on board for alabama peaches - they are rather wonderful.

Mary said...

Everything on your blog always looks so beautiful, but it's your wonderful recipes that keep me coming back. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Sadie said...

ann, this looks fantastic! i love, love, love homemade ice cream. mass produced never comes close. happy to see your sweet boys on dollop!

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Christina said...

honey, this looks fab! i love some peaches. a cobbler is calling my name as well, but here in the midwest we bloom a bit slower, with fruit. i will wait patiently. : )

pve design said...

wish I lived in Texas....I love peach ice cream!!!!!!
lovely images~

amy and ann said...

:) love them all.

knack said...

oh yum! looks delicious and refreshing!

it has been a hot summer here so far too! whew! august is going to be a killer!