According to Earth Fare it was national peace ice cream day this past Sunday. And boy did we oblige! Actually we had no idea, but were not surprised it was due to all the amazing peaches just perfectly ripe at the farmers market. We snagged some extra fresh extra cheap peaches at the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday. Sunday it was ice cream day!
Since Tony is from Columbus and we're both huge Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream fans we decided to make one of her great recipes. I absolutely love her ice cream. Probably one of the best I've ever had. I highly recommend if you're in Ohio or elsewhere and see her stuff - to stop by. The flavors are so cool! Black Coffee, Bourbon buttered pecan, Cherry Lambic, Salty Caramel, Riesling Poached Pear and Wildberry Lavender are some of the classics.
Anyway we went with the basic vanilla ice cream recipe and added our own peach madness. You can check out the whole recipe here. I actually can't wait to get her whole recipe book! or... just borrow it from the library if we're broke soon. So here are some shots:
We were suppose to use 3 tablespoons of cream cheese but SOMEONE forgot to check if we had enough. So we improvised and used 1 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of TJ's goat cheese; since that's what we always have on hand. Phew... cream cheese crisis averted.
We splurged for the organic whole milk for this. No wimpy skim or even 2% for the good ice cream.
Here I missed taking a photo of the secret step. Putting the mixture in a plastic bag and submerging it in an water ice bath for approx 30 mins. This really seemed to give us the great ice cream texture we've lacked in the past. We use the same Cuisinart ICE-30BC Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker as Jeni does in her lab. The key to that machine is getting the frozen insert COMPLETELY frozen. Come to think of it... there seem to be a lot of things that you have to do just right to get perfect ice cream. We've been perfecting them all in the last year or so.
We reduced the diced peaches with brown sugar to get a little soft. The peaches were added at the very end of the ice cream process. It came out perfect texture and amazing flavor. The cream cheese and goat cheese really gave it some wonderfully creamy taste and the fresh peaches really hit the spot. This is the beautiful delicious final product!