Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TWD--Honey Almond Ice Cream with Peach Crisp

Our chosen recipe for this week from Dorie Greenspan's great book, Baking From My Home to Yours is Honey Peach Ice Cream, found on pages 436-437.  But you can get the recipe today from Tommi at her blog, Brown Interior.  I love ice cream.  I just don't particularly love ice cream with fruit in it, not sure why, maybe I don't like frozen fruit.  So I didn't put fruit in it.  I did put the honey in and I put lots of sliced almonds and some almond extract.  But I also made some killer peachy (and a couple other fruits!) crisp to put the ice cream on.  All good!  I used 2% milk because that's what we had.  But I did use the heavy cream.    The coolest thing about this week's recipe--I got one of these today---


My wonderful husband got this for me for our anniversary that is coming up this Saturday.  12 years!  We have a really old ice cream maker, the kind you have to put ice and salt in to keep it cold.  At least it is electric, but the biggest problem with it--we can't find it!  It IS somewhere in this house.  I made up the ice cream this morning and put it in the fridge to chill.  Then I went hunting for the old ice cream maker.  Can't. find. it. anywhere!  I called Kevin at work to ask if he knew where it was and he didn't, but he asked me if I wanted an early anniversary gift.  You see, I put my "wish" list of things I would like sometime on his Amazon account, then he always knows what things I want and where to get them.  This is so perfect for him.  He hates shopping--in stores.  He loves shopping--online.  It's a great deal.  I get what I want and he gets what he wants. ;)  I told him a few weeks ago that sometime I'd like a new ice cream maker and I found one I wanted and put it on my list.  I didn't know he ordered it for me and already had it at his office.  What a guy.  After I called him, he dashed away from work for a few and brought it to me.  I'm so spoiled. 

I didn't realize the bowls of these ice cream makers need to chill, like for forever!  After many hours, I put the cream mixture in and let it whirl.  Forty minutes later, it still wasn't really very ice creamy.  I know the bowl wasn't completely frozen, so I removed the ice cream and chilled the bowl again. 

In the meantime, I made this delicious peach crisp to have with the non-peach, honey almond ice cream. 

I kind of got the recipe for this from a book I have called Lion House Desserts.  The Lion House is a great place in Salt Lake City with all kinds of LDS church history.  It is an old home-turned restaurant that used to be owned by Brigham Young.  They now have wedding receptions and functions like that there.  It is right next to the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  There food is SO yummy.  I almost can't even explain to you how good their food is.   I actually often forget that I have this book with so many yummy recipes in it.  So-there is a peach crisp recipe in the book, but I really did a lot of things different with it.  Here is the recipe as I made it.

Peach Crisp, adapted from Lion House Desserts Book by Katrina Smith


½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

¾ cup brown sugar

¾ cup all purpose flour

¾ cup old fashioned oats

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted lightly (not in the Lion House recipe)


About 2 lbs. stone fruit (I used 5 small nectarines, 4 small peaches, 2 plums, it was 1 lb. 13 oz.)

1 teaspoon lemon juice

scant ½ teaspoon almond extract (not in the Lion House recipe)

1/3 cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium size bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, oats, baking powder and cold butter with your hands, until mixture is well combined and crumbly Lightly toss almonds into mixture. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, brown sugar and cornstarch. Set aside. In a 9x5 white Pyrex dish (or whatever you have, this is what I used!) sprayed lightly with cooking spray, combine your sliced peaches, nectarines and plums. Drizzle with lemon juice and almond extract. Stir in cinnamon/sugar/cornstarch mixture and combine. Crumble crisp topping over the peaches. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. I scaled the Lion House recipe down to only ¾ of the recipe and they used a 9x13 dish. I also used fresh fruit and they used canned peaches. I did not peel the fruit (In hindsight, I should have, but was too lazy, I didn't mind it with the peels, but Kevin didn't care for it that way.) Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.



Hey, something's missing!  Though the ice cream still wasn't as set up as I wanted it to be, it is pretty darn tasty!  I'm SO looking forward to making lots of homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets this summer!  Thanks for the fun pick this week, Tommi.  If you'd like to see what the other TWDers did with their ice cream this week, head on over to the Tuesday's With Dorie blog and scroll down on the right.


Here is the ice cream after only about 2 hours in the freezer and no, the peach crisp was not warm.

Here is the ice cream after it had been in the freezer for 3-4 hours.


And here it is after all night in the freezer.  Yep, I got up early this morning and scooped out some ice cream for a picture just for ya'll.  Too bad it's nothing better or more exciting than this!



Would you believe after taking these pictures this morning that I put it all back instead of eating it for breakfast?  Now that's a dedicated gal.  Though tempting as it was, I just can't eat something like this for breakfast.  If ya saw my gut, you'd understand! ;)

Now, the big question is--why didn't it set up better, you see, it was already melting pretty quickly?  Anyone?  Expert Rita?  I'm new to the whole ice cream thing.  I'll learn and it'll get better.  Is it because I used 2% milk and not whole milk?  Didn't cook it long enough on the stove?  It passed the not-running on the line on the spoon test.  But I didn't leave it on very long after that for fear it would burn.  Yes, I stirred it constantly.  I also had this fear in my mind that if I kept stirring it, it would turn to custard and be TOO thick.    All ya'll's expert advice is welcome! ;)  Thanks.

Thanks to everyone who comes and visits my blog and for all the fun comments.  I really appreciate it!


Now, some quick photos for you.  Sometimes my blog forgets that I have a bunch of boys!

Before another haircut--


After the cut.  He wanted the camera.



I let him have it.  Here are the pictures he took.


Hi, Dad!  Okay, he had a little point and aim help from me that he wasn't very happy about, but he pushed the button!


This one's for you, Mom!  Love ya!  Sam made me do it. ;)  Can you roll your tongue?

And finally, is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?  I went to wake him up yesterday as it was 5:30 p.m. and that's way too late for a nap to be going on and I thought he looked cute with his little face sticking out there.



Unknown said...

I've said this before, but I need to say it again! You have an amazing hubby, and super-cute kids :)

Teanna said...

The peach crisp sounds awesome! I have two friends from Salt Lake City that we do dinner with every week (and are about to move to Denmark for work), so I definitely need to find that book for them to give as a goodbye gift! Thanks for sharing! I wish I could give tips on the ice cream, though? Maybe turn the temp a little colder in your freezer so it sets more? Either way, it looks great, and I love the almond addition!

Megan said...

Yahoo on the new ice cream maker! I like the system you have going on with Amazon - you're right, everyone's happy!

Adding almonds was a great idea - and the ice cream looks perfect on top of the crisp.

vibi said...

WOW! On a dessert crisp like that... Phew! Hard to resist! I looks divine!

You kill me with your tongue twisting abilities! LOL LOL

Soy*Baby said...

Your ice cream sounds amazing. I would love some peach crisp. What a sweet husband you have and your kids are adorable.

Lisa Ernst said...

I adore warm fruit crisp with ice cream. After looking at yours, now I must make one of these myself, especially considering its fresh fruit season. My favorite is a combination of peach and blueberry. I have the same Cuisinart ice cream maker and have found that it never sets up completely without being in the freezer for a good while. But I like mine a little soft....

chocolatechic said...

What a sweet baby boy.

Your peach crisp looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet post! I think it's great that your husband took a break from work to deliver your anniversary gift! (I have the same ice cream maker!)
The Honey Almond Ice Cream looks fantastic and I like the time lapse photos of it! But that Peach Crisp - I'd love a slice of that and I don't usually like my fruit baked!
And no, I'm the only one in the family who cannot roll the tongue!

Anonymous said...

YUM! The peach crisp sounds wonderful. Your ice cream looks perfect.

Deb said...

I'm glad to see some of your other talents. Tongue rolling is becoming a lost art. Everything looks yummy as always.

Hindy said...

Is there anything more soothing than a sleeping baby? I could just relax now and tuck into that lovely bowl of peach crisp a la mode. Well done! And bravo to hubby for getting that ice cream maker!

Carla said...

I bet he kidnapped the old maker on purpose so you would have to call him about it ;) That's a good idea with the wish list so he doesn't have to be so obvious. Plus he benefits too with the fresh ice cream.

Did you know not everyone can do the tongue roll? I learned in biology class that it's genetic and not everyone has the gene. Never knew that! haha

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Oooh, such an awesome present - Happy Anniversary! And great pictures, too!! :)

Kayte said...

Wow, everything looks so great...the ice cream, the Peach Crisp...am definitely trying that peach crisp recipe. Very cute little blankie picture...I remember those days, little rears in the air, sleeping under blankies...pass so quickly, thanks for the memories. Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Your honey almond ice cream on the peach crisp looks so delicious!

How nice of your husband to give you a new ice cream maker! I just got the KitchenAid mixer attachment for ice cream. I read that you really need to freeze it for the full time it says in the instructions before using it.

David Lebovitz has a lot of good ice cream information on his site. He's a good source for info and recipes!

Liz said...

Oh, peach crisp! I wish I wish I wish I'd made peach crisp to go with the ice cream. Yours looks phenomenal.

Pamela said...

Yeah! Happy Anniversary! Your ice cream sounds delicious and the peach crisp look really stellar.

Jaime said...

great idea to pair this w/peach crisp! yum. i can't believe you didn't eat it right away!! i don't think you did anything wrong - it probably just didn't have enough time to set in the freezer

Unknown said...

1 - ICe cream looks delicious! I want an ice cream maker.
2 - YES, I can roll my tongue AND roll my R's. My mom CANNOT roll her tongue...it just gets "fat" when she tries too...and my dad can't roll his R's!
3 - Who can resist a sleeping baby!

Meagan said...

Next time you make peach anything be sure and invite us over. I'm not a peach fan, but Ben loves peach cobblers, etc. and doesn't get them because I never make them! I'm an apple gal myself.
I've found that homemade ice cream just melts much faster than store-bought. I have no idea why, but all the homemade ice cream I've had, and made melts fast!

Emily said...

CUTE boys! Your blog is so much fun.
Yaaay, very excited about your new ice cream maker! You're going to be very busy this summer. The crisp and the ice cream look great.

Anonymous said...

That peach crisp looks divine. Your little boy is adorable! I have a 3 year old boy. They're the sweetest.

Anonymous said...

There is NOTHING cuter than a sleeping baby. Now that you have a new ice cream maker just keep the cannister in the freezer all summer (or all year). That's what I do and then I am always ready...

The Purple Foodie said...

The ice cream maker is soemthing we have in common. Your hubby bought it for you and my OH bought it for me. I just made oreo cookie ice cream for him. :)

Tje peach ice cream looks delicious. I need to try this one from Dorie's book.

Leslie said...

The first photo of the crisp with the ice cream melting on it made me whimper, but then the adorable kid pics made me melt!

Jules Someone said...

Very nice! I'm not much of a peach cobbler fan, but I loved the peach ice cream. Go figure.

Pam said...

I love peach crisp - yours sounds fantastic, especially with the honey almond ice cream.

What a cute family you have.

CookiePie said...

What a fantastic post! First of all, perfect solution to the no-fruit-in-your-ice-cream dilemma. And both the ice cream and the crisp look and sound soooo yummy! And of course -- happy anniversary!!! AND - your boys are all so adorable :)

Flourchild said...

Awww what a great ice cream maker and cute pictures of your boys!!

To answer your question we live in Pocatello now. Im still in Boise, we leave Thursday. It is so nice here! I went to BSU years ago and lived here for 15 years before my husband got a new position with Idaho Power. I love leaving in Pocatello but it's sure nice to come here. It has changed so much...there are tons of new places to eat and to shop. How long have you been away? What a small world!

Cate O'Malley said...

I don't know what's better ... the ice cream, the crisp or the sleeping baby - too cute!

TeaLady said...

Your crisp looks fantastic. And lucky you to have a new ice cream maker. I have like it and it is great.

Happy Anniversary. We had ours on TWD day - 36 years. Many more to you and your great hubby.

Mary said...

Happy anniversary! I think the peach crisp sounds great and I am going to copy your amazon wish list idea!

spike. said...

What cute boys. And peach ice cream on top of peach crisp? Sounds like a perfect dessert

lisaiscooking said...

Great gift! I have ice cream maker envy.

Culinary Wannabe said...

I just made peach ice cream the other day, and I know what you mean about the fruit pieces in it. They get really frozen and almost hurt your teeth when you bite into one. The cobbler looks awesome as well!

Lillian said...

Congratulations on the new ice cream maker -- I love mine. And your peach crisp sounds delicious!

Maria said...

I love the peach crisp and ice cream! Great dessert!

Amanda said...

Oh what a wonderful idea having the wish list on Amazon and hubby an just get stuff! COOL!

Shari said...

The peach crisp would be wonderful with your honey almond ice cream! It looks beautiful and sounds delicious!!

test it comm said...

That peach crisp looks so good! Home made ice cream would melt perfectly all over it.

Happy anniversary!

Jennifer said...

Wow, that sounds like a great combination. I really love almond flavored anything and love peaches.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Kevin is so cool!!! Enjoy the new ice cream maker! I always have my ice thing in the freezer, cause it does take for ever to freeze. Some ice creams have to stay a long time in the freezer to be perfect. About melting too fast, can be 2 things: too much sugar or not having reached the right temperature when making the custard. You'll get it, don't worry!
I loved how you turned the challenge around!!!