Tuesday, June 16, 2009
TWD: Honey-Peach Ice Cream
This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie treat was . I absolutely adore making ice cream, so I was delighted that this recipe was selected at the beginning of the summer! I had bought some decent peaches at Whole Foods for the peach cobbler the SMS group made last week, but thought I could do a bit better this time and went to an immense nearby farmer’s market on Sunday in search of the perfect specimens. I have to say, I think I may have had just as much fun shopping for the peaches as I did making the ice cream! I browsed and sampled a variety until I settled on some lovely white peaches.
I make a lot of ice cream and still get a little anxious about custard. I definitely err on the side of thinner custard and usually keep the heat on medium-low rather than medium, which may take a little longer. Unfortunately, I’m usually too focused on the custard and don’t look at the clock, so I haven’t timed it. I find just as I’m starting to get impatient, it thickens up and the temperature reaches 170 degrees – I also have become heavily reliant on the thermometer. The rest of the recipe was simple enough to put together, although one of the peaches I was dicing was a bit too ripe to make nice little chunks with, so I diced up an apricot instead. It also helped add a little color, since the white peaches were so pale!
My boyfriend liked this ice cream a lot (though he rarely tries an ice cream he doesn't like, especially if it's homemade) and we both thought it deserved a 7.5 for Deliciousness. I gave it a 3.5 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 2.14. And though I thought this was yummy, I have come to the conclusion that I like my frozen peach desserts a little tangier. I think next time I put a peach mixture through my ice cream maker, and it’s just the beginning of peach season so there will be a next time, it will be a yogurt or I will substitute buttermilk for regular. Many thanks to Tommi of Brown Interior for choosing this great seasonal treat. You can find the recipe on Tommi’s site and see what the rest of the group thought via the TWD site.