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.