Monday, August 23, 2010

Making Peach Ice Cream

One of the items that was destroyed by our garage fire was our Cuisinart Ice Cream maker... it was an oldie but a we looked around for a replacement. The new Cuisinart is even better! Yesterday we made peach ice cream..sugarfree of course!..and it only takes about 25 minutes...this is a Google image as I forgot to take a photo...

Peach Ice Cream
3 cups sliced ripe peaches, skins removed
4 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sugar, or Splenda, divided
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 3/4 c. cream (can use half and half)
1 1/2 t. vanilla

In a small bowl, put sliced peaches with the lemon juice and half the sweetener. Let this sit for about 2  hours. Stir gently occasionally. then strain the fruit and save the juices..mash half  the fruit in the blender or by hand.

In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer at low speed (I just used a wire whisk) mix milk and remaining sweetener until all dissolved about 2 minutes or so.  Stir in the cream, reserved juice, and vanilla.Turn the machine on and pour in the mixture. Mix until thickened about 20 minutes and at the last 5 minutes, add the reserved fruit and mix completely. This can be eaten right away but we like to put it in a freezer container and put it in the freezer for a few hours. I didn't have quite enough cream  (Alan had made a smoothie with some of it so used additional milk and it was fine)....This makes about 2 pints which is plenty for us. Its fun to try different flavors..he wants to put some of his plum conserve in vanilla ice cream and see how that is......should be yummy!
The next thing I want to try is making our own vanilla....trying to find vanilla beans is proving a little difficult at least here in our neck of the far no grocery stores carry vanilla beans. I have found some online sources but will preserver and look further before I go that route.......Vodka is easy to get which is the other ingredient.....

I recently listed some stitchery on Yardseller
this is a new site  through Facebook and seems to be very popular..I already sold one item and have gotten tons of hits....they also are looking for writers and after submitting a 8 word paragraph was chosen along with 9 others for a job as a writer. I was asked  to write a 800 word essay which I did  this morning and submitted. They will be hiring 2 to 3 writers so my fingers are crossed. The good thing about Yardseller is listing is free!