Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peachy Keen Ice Cream

I got some peaches this week from "the peach guy". If you lived in my town you'd know exactly who I'm talking about. He's the guy with a roadside stand and all he sells is peaches. Every year from about mid-June till the end of August, he sets up his tent on the side of a busy road, sells only peaches, and is know as "the peach guy". Well I heard from various people that the peach guy had great peaches this year. So of course I had to go check it out. The peaches are really great this year, everything you want in a peach, sweet, peachy, and totally delicious. If you lived where I live or anywhere at all in the South, then you'd also know that it's been about 1000 degrees for several weeks now. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration, it's just felt like it 1000 degrees. It's been too hot for cooking much of anything. Uncooked, cold or frozen are the only appetizing foods to me this time of the year. What better to do with fabulous fresh peaches, then to make some ice cream.
I usually turn to David Lebovitz and The Perfect Scoop,  when I'm looking for a great ice cream recipe. He's my "ice cream guy." I especially like his fruit based ice cream recipes because they let the fruit be the star. I wanted an ice cream that would let these peaches shine. His peach ice cream sounded like a winner and didn't involve much actual cooking so no need to stand over a hot stove. That was definitely an added bonus!

Peach Ice Cream
(Printable recipe)

Source: David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop, adapted

4 large ripe peaches
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
A few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Beautiful ripe peaches!
Cut into chunks
Peel the peaches, slice them in half, and remove the pits.  Cut the peaches into chunks and cook them with the water in a medium, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, covered, stirring once or twice, until soft and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
Adding the sugar

Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar, then cool to room temperature.
Puree the cooked peaches and any liquid in a blender or food processor with the yogurt, heavy cream, vanilla, and lemon juice until almost smooth but slightly chunky.
Turing it into ice cream!

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you want firmer ice cream, remove from ice cream maker and freeze for several hours or overnight.
The original recipe called for sour cream, but I had Greek yogurt on hand and substituted that for the sour cream. I think it gave the ice cream a nice tangy flavor. I also topped mine with some chopped pistachio nuts. I love the salty crunch they add to the ice cream.
I don't know how the term "peachy keen" came to be, but it means something is really wonderful and I think it describes this ice cream perfectly!


Joanne said...

I wish NYC had a peach guy. We have a few fruit vendors but it's just not the same, I fear.

This ice cream sounds fantastic! you definitely put those peaches to good use.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we have a peach farmer, too. Directly from Palisade, CO.
Great ice cream recipe. I also like David's book.

grace said...

i think david must be everyone's go-to ice cream guy. :) i LOVE this ice cream--the pistachios are a phenomenal touch!

bellini valli said...

At our local farmers market there is always a long line up at the Peach Ladies stand:D I hear she is single:D And yes David L. is the go to guy for fantastic no fail ice cream!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Any recipe from 'The Perfect Scoop' is perfect. Peaches and pistacios... what a pair!
~another friday's favorite :-)

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

I just got an ice cream maker so this is perfect and I love greek yogurt, it is so good and good for you! I will be making this! We have a peach guy on the corner down the road who comes a month out of the summer with Georgia peaches, lol!

Lauren said...

I almost never make my own ice cream but a few weeks ago my son made some at camp and ever since he has been begging me to make ice cream at home. So when I came across this recipe for peach ice cream, a personal favorite, I decided to finally give into my child. This recipe was so simple. I work with Better Recipes so I am always reviewing Dessert Recipes and I have to say this one was great. It was a delicious summer treat that definitely won me major points with my son!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

My summer doesn't feel complete now that I know I haven't had peach ice cream.

Barbara said...

What a fabulous recipe! Love the yogurt in it. Our peaches are so lovely right now too. I'm copying this to make this weekend. BTW: clever addition of pistachios!

Eliana said...

This ice could not look any better. Love the addition of the nuts too and the pop of color they add.