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Tuesdays With Dorie: Honey Nectarine (Peach) Ice Cream

June 16, 2009

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”
–Don Kardong

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This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe is Honey Peach Ice Cream (but I used nectarines). Thank you to Tommi of Brown Interior for saving us from darkness and chaos this week! Check Tommi’s blog for the recipe or look on page 437 of Baking: From My Home to Yours.

What I did: I read the comments from bakers who had already made the ice cream and got some good tips that helped me out!

  • I used nectarines instead of peaches. I used six small nectarines which didn’t quite make it to the two pounds called for in the recipe.
  • I cooked and pureed four of the nectarines and I peeled and finely chopped the other two nectarines and stirred them into the ice cream at the end. Some people thought that the pieces of fruit were icy, so I made sure to chop my fruit into very small pieces.
  • I used half honey and half light corn syrup. Some of the bakers commented that the honey flavor was pretty strong, so I decided to cut it in half. I used corn syrup because someone else mentioned that it helps keep ice cream soft.
  • And the biggie…I used all whole milk instead of half whole milk and half cream. I just couldn’t face the cream. I know that this compromised the texture of the final product, but I was willing to sacrifice for lower fat ice cream.

How it went: Pretty well, if you ignore the fact that I cleaned the stove right before making this and then my nectarine and honey mixture boiled over, giving me the “opportunity” to clean the stove again! OK, just had to vent about that. There are a few steps to the process: make the fruit puree, heat the milk and combine it with the eggs and sugar (without scrambling the eggs…this is called tempering), chill the mixture, and then churn it in the ice cream maker. Nothing too difficult if tempering eggs doesn’t freak you out, but it does require some planning ahead.

The best part about this? I got to use my new KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment! Three cheers for my husband, who gave this to me for my birthday. My old ice cream maker was on its last legs (churns?) and it was the kind that used ice and salt, so it’s really exciting to have a new one. I love that it has a bowl that chills in the freezer and that it uses the motor of the stand mixer. My first go-around with the attachment was this Lime Coconut Ice Cream and it worked great.

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How it tasted: Like a bowl of summer. This ice cream has a really nice fresh fruit flavor, and the reduced amount of honey still gave it the flavor of honey without being overwhelming. When I handed a bowl to my husband he said “look at this – it looks like real ice cream!” (gotta love him for his good quotes!). He really enjoyed it and said that it was impressive. While I’m sure that my whole milk version was icier than if I’d used cream, I was happy with the texture.  The bits of fruit were frozen and crunchy, but since they were so tiny, I thought they added a little bit of nice texture.

Would I make this again?: Yes! It was delicious with nectarines and I’d like to try it with another fruit. The TWD bakers were talking about mangoes and apricots, so I’m looking forward to read about everyone’s results and variations. Score another one for Dorie and for my KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment!

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29 comments

  1. YUM! Very nicely done Jill! The texture looks great! I’m glad you enjoyed enough to make it again… for with the start of the summer, it is a good thing to be encouraged with your first one!


  2. Congrats on your new KA attachment! There is nothing like breaking in new kitchen toys with fun recipes! Gorgeous ice cream!


  3. Looks great. I didn’t even know KA had an ice cream attachment. You described this ice cream perfectly as a bowl full of summer.


  4. I’m jealous of the kitchen aid. I’ve seen one person already make this with plums which would be intereting. Love your little spoon.


  5. Love the quote on top. I was tempted about making this ice cream with nectarines. I was feeling lazy about peeling peaches, but went ahead and used peaches (and peeled them).

    Your ice cream looks great. I’m glad it was a success.


  6. How nice that you got to use your new KitchenAid attachment! And I get so mad when I accidentally let things boil over and they get all burnt to the stove – that’s so frustrating!! I’m glad the ice cream turned out well for you. It looks delish!


  7. I really want an ice cream attachment.


  8. Your Honey Nectarine Ice Cream looks terrific! I love how you plated it on a soup spoon, soo cute! The texture looks great to me!


  9. You know, I knew that there was an ice cream attachment for the KitchenAid mixers, but I had completely forgotten it until I saw you used one to make ice cream. I guess it works pretty well, huh? Yours looks great! I’ll have to investigate this option, rather than the counter-top model. It would still make it awfully easy to just make ice cream on a whim, though…


  10. That KA attachment is so neat! Glad you are enjoying it. Nice job on the ice cream.


  11. I’ve always wanted to try out the KA attachment – that’s super cool that you’ve got one. I’m interested in using all milk, I should try it.


  12. Darn, I wish I’d paid more attention to the P&Q this week because I thought that the honey flavor was completely overwhelming in mine. I wish I’d thought to cut it with corn syrup. Anyway, I’m glad that you liked this.
    I have to check out the lime coconut ice cream because that sounds so good!


  13. Nectarines sound great! (Mangoes, too). How exciting to get the new KA ice cream maker–here’s to an awesome summer full of ice cream!


  14. Yeah for new ice cream makers!
    Yeah for ice cream!
    Yeah, you liked your lower fat version!
    Yeah, I can’t wait to make more ice cream!

    Looks great!


  15. your nectarine ice-cream looks great. I love the chunks of fruit in it


  16. Yea! for the KA attachment!!! This ice cream was fun to do. And yes, it would be great with other fruits. Thanks for the visit.
    Keep it sweet,
    Suzy


  17. It tastes “like a bowl of summer”. Well said! Glad you enjoyed and I’m interested that it worked out with only milk. We all have to watch the calories.


  18. Looks delicious! This would definitely be a good ice cream to make lower-fat, because it’s really the fruit you want to taste; I’m happy to hear it worked well.


  19. Love your new toy and your ice cream looks amazing!


  20. Your honey nectarine ice cream looks delicious ! Wonderful job!


  21. But those canned peaches don’t have a lot of flavor. Waiting for peach season to make it with ‘real’ peaches.

    Yours does sound good without the cream. And it looks creamy.

    Thanks for coming by for a visit.


  22. Love the quote and your ice cream! I’ve GOT to get that KA attachment!! 🙂


  23. Gotta love those “opportunities.” Glad you liked this so much. I’m looking forward to trying other fruits as well.


  24. Your KA attachment rocks! Your husband is a great gift giver. I didn’t know the attachment existed. I love my little Cuisinart IC Maker, but the way ice cream disappears in my house, I may need to look into a maker for the KA. I’m glad you liked the ice cream, especially since you had the whole stove cleaning episode times 2. It’s good to know the lower fat version worked, too.


  25. Yummy! Great idea to sub whole milk. Mine boiled over, too!


  26. Your ice cream looks great! I love nectarines, so I’ll have to try it next time. Yay for KA ice cream bowl attachment!


  27. How fabulous to get to use your new ice cream attachment! Your husband will benefit from giving you that nice gift – smart man!


  28. I’ll bet this was delicious with nectarines and just the right amount of honey! I went ahead and pureed all the peaches and loved the end result. And I totally agree about the cream reluctance. I’ve been making a lot of sorbet, sherbet and frozen yogurts (and the occasional ice cream, I’ll admit it!)


  29. good to know this can be made lower fat without sacrificing flavor. i can’t believe how easy it is and i appreciate the tips you listed.

    that KA attachment is on my wish list. for now i’m glad the TWD gang did this particular one bc it brought up a lot of great posts about making ice cream sans ice cream maker.



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