Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Honey Peach Ice Cream

Tommi of Brown Interior selected Honey-Peach Ice Cream for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. Check out her blog for the complete recipe. I didn’t know what to expect this week with a recipe for ice cream. I consider myself a baker and ice cream falls outside of that realm. I like eating ice cream, but making it? I don’t know.

I was actually hoping that we would get a “rewind” this week. When the weekly recipe requires special equipment (like an ice cream maker), we can have the option of making a previously-selected recipe instead. There were a couple of recipes that were selected before I joined Tuesdays with Dorie that I really want to try! I was hoping for a chance to try one of those recipes, but since there are instructions on the Internet on how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, no rewind this time. I haven’t missed a week since I joined Tuesdays with Dorie, and I didn’t want that to change.

I used the instructions on how to make ice cream from Dave Lebovitz’s website. It didn’t look too hard, but looked like it would take a long time. It did take a long time. I chilled the ice cream mixture in the refrigerator for about 3 hours and then it took about 4 hours for it to become ice cream. 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes was a bit tedious. And my kitchen was a complete mess when I was done making the ice cream!

The ice cream mixture came together easily. The recipe said to dice the peaches and then bring them to a boil with the honey, and cook them until soft. I was actually worried about getting ripe peaches, which seems to generally be impossible in Western Washington. My husband picked up some very ripe peaches at the store, so I didn’t even cook them. They were so soft already that the cooking process seemed completely unnecessary. I also only used 3 peaches, which I pureed. I didn’t want chunks of peaches in my ice cream.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ice cream. The texture is pretty good, not icy at all. The flavor…well, I’m not sure. I do like ripe peaches, but I don’t like peach yogurt so I can’t say that peaches are a favorite. I used cinnamon-infused honey in the ice cream, and I’m not sure that was the best choice. It tasted fabulous on its own, but in the ice cream it was really overpowering. I tasted the ice cream the day after I made it and the cinnamon honey gave the ice cream a weird, kind of bitter aftertaste. When I was getting ready to photograph the ice cream 2 days after I made it, the cinnamon flavor had mellowed a lot and it tasted pretty good. Not bad for my first try at ice cream. I can’t say that it’s something that I plan on making again, but it was a good experience.

Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, on page 437.


Teanna DiMicco said...

That ice cream looks great! And without an ice cream maker! Gorgeous job, but I am sorry you weren't that crazy about it!

lasinthekitchen said...

Your Honey Peach Ice Cream looks fantastic! Looks better than mine and I used an ice cream maker! Major kudos for spending 4 hours mixing up ice cream!!

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

Clivia said...

It sounds delicious! I'm so impressed that you persevered with handmade. I think simmering the peaches in honey, soften the flavours.

theeclecticconnoisseur said...

Your ice cream looks wonderful! I too made it without a machine using David Lebovitz's tips.