Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Honey- Nectarine Ice cream; TWD

This was summer on a spoon. We all loved this refreshing treat. This week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Honey-Peach Ice Cream, was chosen by Tommi, of Brown Interior. The recipe can be found on her blog, or on page 437 of Baking, from My Home To Yours, by Dorie Greenspan.

I had an exhausting week, volunteering at a summer camp, for a class that teaches kids about fossils and rocks. It is my favorite week of the year, but it is more physically demanding than my regular job, which mostly consists of sitting on a cooler, waiting for a customer, or occasionally having to lift an ice scoop and pour a Captain and Coke.

At camp we walk for a half a mile to a creek. Then we walk though the creek looking for rocks. Then the kids collect too many rocks. And their five gallon buckets get too heavy. Then the instructor wants to go farther down the creek. And I realize, "Hey this water is higher than some of the kids' heads and there is a pretty strong current, so I can barely stand and the water is only up to my thighs." So I yell to the instructor who is way ahead but he can't hear me. And the little kids start crying because of the cold current. So I end up carrying small children and heavy buckets of rocks through a rushing stream until I am almost crying too. Then we go back and do the same thing the next day. Actually, it is more fun than it sounds, but I am just trying to describe my level of physical exhaustion.

So I didn't even know if I would have the energy to make the ice cream. I went to the store and they had only five shriveled, bruised peaches. I remembered that Dorie says you can use nectarines, but I had nectarines all week for lunch and the nectarines at the store were hard and not very appealing. I bought them anyway and hoped for the best.



You don't need to peel nectarines, so that was nice. I just diced them up and boiled them with honey. (I did not notice that I was only supposed to chop half, and save the other half for when the ice cream gets frozen, so all my nectarines went in.)



Then the nectarines get pureed and a simple custard base gets made.



When the custard and the fruit combined, it tasted like peach baby food. Yum. My favorite. Seriously. At this point, I substituted Absolut Peach Vodka for the vanilla.



After being chilled overnight, I poured it in the ice cream maker, froze it a little more, and we had this lovely nectarine ice cream.

14 comments:

spike. said...

love the color of the ice cream. Hope you don't have to spend any more time carrying rocks through rivers and can sit around and enjoy ice cream instead.

chocolatechic said...

I wonder if this would be good with apples and cinnamon.

rainbowbrown said...

That looks wonderful, I love what you did with it.

pinkstripes said...

Sounds like you had a busy week. Nectarine ice cream sounds delicious. I love the color.

Damn It Feels Good to Eat Some Ice Cream said...

Your final photo looks like something from a magazine.

lasinthekitchen said...

Your Honey Nectarine Ice Cream looks soo creamy and beautiful! The color is gorgeous!
Summer camp sounds like a good physical exhaustion - except for the crying part...

Ms. PH said...

I think next time I'm going to puree all of the peaches. I much prefer chunk-less fruit ice cream.

Secret Server said...

Ms. PH, my chunkless ice cream was inadvertent, but I'm kind of glad it worked out that way.

Damn It Feels good, thanks for the compliment. You must have an eye for attractive pictures. Almost every week I submit a picture to Foodgawker, and almost every week I get rejected, but they accepted that one, so it must be pretty good.

Michele said...

Your ice cream looks so good and the color is amazing!

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Teanna said...

Glad you got to relax with some delicious ice cream!

Juliana said...

Absolutely lovely...nectarine ice cream, I can only imagine the flavor...nice pictures!

Jules Someone said...

That looks amazing! I may have to try it.

nick said...

We also opted to puree our fruit (apricots) to avoid chunkiness in the final product. I think this was an all around smart choice.

You know, I used to love Nectarines when I was a kid. I haven't eaten one in years. I wonder why?