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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TWD & Flavor of the Month: Two for the Price of One

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Since this week's TWD assignment was an ice cream recipe AND happened to fall at the same time as this month's Flavor of the Month installment, I decided to combine them and give you two for the price of one. Oh, who am I kidding! I did it to save myself the time and trouble of writing a separate post for each. It's Summertime, people! Who wants to be chained to the kitchen when the sun is shining brightly in a sky that's bluer than blue? Besides, there just wasn't room or one more quart of ice cream in my freezer. So, today you're getting a SGCC 2-for-1 special. And, it is pretty special. Today, we're all about Dorie's Honey Peach Ice Cream selected by Tommi from Brown Interior.

Living in Florida, it can be hard to tell when Spring rolls into Summer without looking at the calendar. One sure sign for me is the arrival of stone fruits in the markets, especially peaches. Around this time of year, peaches are everywhere, from the farmer's markets to the grocery stores to the roadside stands that dot the sides of our streets. These ripe, juicy orbs of sweetness just beg to be dressed up as cobblers, compotes, crisps and of course, ice cream. I was only too happy to oblige!

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Dorie's recipe calls for fresh peaches to be cooked down in a honey bath. I decided to roast my peaches with a honey shower instead. I really love the extra sweetness and caramelization that roasting the fruit imparts. To roast the peaches, cut them in half and remove the pits. Place them face down on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with sugar or drizzle them with honey. Then, bake them for about 30 minutes in a 400 degree F. oven until soft and gooey. An added bonus is that the skins just peel right off.

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For this ice cream, I used a wild lavender honey that I happened to have on hand. I also decided not to add the peach chunks to my ice cream, because I really don't like icy chunks of anything in my ice cream. Another change I made was to add a couple of tablespoons of peach liqueur to my ice cream base. This not only adds extra flavor, but it also helps to prevent the ice cream from getting too hard in the freezer. Immediate scoopability is very important when it comes to ice cream. When you've got something like this scrumptious Honey Peach Ice Cream waiting in your freezer, who wants to wait for it to get soft? It's called instant gratification, baby!

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I toyed with adding a raspberry swirl to this ice cream, but Mini SGCC nixed that idea! She said it would overpower the delicate honey-peach flavor. She was right. I did, however, use some of the ice cream to make some grown-up Honey Peach Ice Cream Floats. For this, I poured some champagne and peach liqueur into glasses and "floated" a scoop of the ice cream on top of each. They made a refreshing, summery, cocktail treat!

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If you'd like to make this creamy and delicious ice cream for yourself, you can find the recipe on Tommi's site. And, as always, you can check out the Tuesdays with Dorie site to see what the rest of the TWD gang did with this recipe.

56 comments:

vibi said...

This is all absolutely magnificent Susan! You are so lucky to have peaches growing so close to you... they must be super fresh, ripe, juicy to a max and totaly tasty!

Yours pics are great looking and I love the accessories you used to put your oh! so amazing ice cream, forward!

Kim said...

I'll have two scoops of ice cream please. Susan your photos are great, and you made me so hungry!

Patsyk said...

The flavors in that ice cream really do scream summer! I am going to have to try roasting fruit now... it must taste heavenly!

Kelsey Banfield said...

This is great! You should check out my site's Ice-Cream festival, too. I am working on new Ice-Cream recipes all summer, at least one or two new ones a week. Perhaps we can collaborate on something fun? My next recipe will be posted tomorrow. :)

Cara said...

Hey! I have those same glasses from the first photo...Your photos are amazing. I think I'll have to use my glasses in some upcoming photos. This ice cream looks delicious! I'll have to put peach next on the "ice cream to try" list!

anna said...

That looks gorgeous! Yum. I looove honey and peaches. And your float sound perfect...I want one right now!

Sara said...

I am in love with those roasted peaches. They look unbelievable. The float looks great too. Your post is making me hungry.

lasinthekitchen said...

That is one delicious looking Honey Peach Ice Cream Float! And I love the glass it was made in!!
The picture of the roasted peaches is just stunning! The colors are so vibrant!

City Girl said...

Looks so very amazing. Seems like Mini SGCC has quite a discerning palate too :)

Judy said...

Roasting the peaches sounds like a terrific idea in many ways. I'll have to try that next time.

Helene said...

So beautiful I wish we had peaches in season right now to make this.

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous pictures and the peach ice cream sounds amazing!

Claire said...

That looks awesome! The texture looks perfect.

The Food Librarian said...

You roasted them?! You are so brilliant!!! Looks sooooo yummy.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Excellent! That ice cream must taste soooo good!

Cheers,

Rosa

PheMom said...

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I am SO making the ice cream this way when our peach season finally gets going here. Your ice cream looks ridiculously amazing!

Tanya said...

How did you get such perfect looking scoops? I'm totally loving the photo of the ice cream cones. This ice cream just sounds so delicious!

BTW, did you get those glasses at Williams Sonoma? I used to have a set of those, but I sold them on eBay years ago.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Great photo! I love the idea of roasting the peaches! Mmm!

Nina Timm said...

The roasted peaches must have added so much more depth of flavor!!! These photos can make me eat ice-cream in the middle of an ice cold winter(which is the case here in Cape Town.

Pam said...

What a great idea to roast the peaches!

Gorgeous pictures.

Jules Someone said...

Ooooh. Roasted peaches! Those look so amazing. The finished product sounds fabulous.

Grace said...

although i would no doubt enjoy the ice cream, i don't think the peaches would make it to that point in the process--those roasted beauties would be difficult to resist devouring!!

Madam Chow said...

AMAZING! Gorgeous photos, and I love your idea of roasting the peaches. Brilliant.

Teanna said...

This is amazing overload right now! Those photos! The ice cream float! The roasted peaches! All of it is SO AMAZING. Absolutely gorgeous.

Leslie said...

Roasting the fruit is BRILLIANT! I can't wait to try that!

Heather said...

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jillbert said...

You did some amazing things with this ice cream! The photos are fabulous. I'd like to taste one of those floats!

Baked Alaska said...

I will have to try this recipe for sure! I've made ice cream using lavander honey before, and it's one of my favorites. I can only imagine that paired with peaches and peach liquor. YUM!

pinkstripes said...

Roasting the peaches sounds amazing. Your ice cream looks perfect!

joanne at frutto della passione said...

How do you do it Susan? You take part in so many monthly events and everything always looks so pristine and gorgeous, luckily I look good in green because I'm turning so many shades of it!!!

Katrina said...

Ooh, wow, love all your photos and carmelizing the peaches sounds great! GREAT!

Kaitlin said...

All of your variations, and all of your photos, sound/look fantastic. I love all of your props - how perfect is that first glass?

Bren said...

i will drive to florida to have some of this ice cream! lavender honey for me by the cup full! great stuff here!

MaryBeth said...

Fabulous ice-cream.... the pictures are simply gorgeous!

Cate O'Malley said...

Love that glass - gorgeous with the ice cream!

Jodie said...

Your ice cream looks fabulous!

spike. said...

love the idea of roasting the fruit first!

nora@ffr said...

susan vat a wonderful idea!! brilliant.. pictures are stunning.. keep it up!!
cheers!!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

OH wow, those peaches look like heaven all cooked up like that!

RecipeGirl said...

Delicious photos, as usual my dear. Simply mouthwatering! Makes me want to dig out my ice cream maker, though our usually sunny weather has been gloomy beyond belief for weeks now :(

Melissa said...

That lavender honey sounds fantastic! I love how you roasted your peaches... that pic is making me hungry!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Susan that looks incredible! I love the roasted peaches. They'd be good in anything!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Beautiful! I love the photo of the roasted peaches! YUM. And lavender honey sounds just great!

CookiePie said...

Looks absolutely delicious!!! I love your idea of roasting the peaches - yum!

Jamie said...

Boy oh boy even a strictly chocolate and coffee ice cream girl could fall in love with this. Stunning! And those roasted peaches make a dessert all in themselves!

Tracey said...

I love that you roasted the peaches!! They look amazing and your ice cream looks wonderful too!

haleysuzanne said...

These are some of your most gorgeous photos ever! I am dying for a taste of that ice cream. So pretty and delicious!

Lori said...

I'd like to dive head first into this yummy, amazing, sinful concoction of yours. OMG- I think this will be the first thing I do with the peaches when I see them at the market!

Divine Imaging said...

looks dreamy. reminds me of warm summer days

Mary said...

Your photos are so amazing.what a great post!

Erin said...

Those are some beautiful peaches and your pictures are gorgeous!

Cakelaw said...

Love the roasted honey peaches - a terrific idea.

Ingrid said...

Sounds heavenly!
~ingrid

Tangled Noodle said...

There were so many good things about this post that I don't know where to start! So let's just say that this whole post is tremendous. I am going to roast my peaches from now on . . .!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Quit your day job and go and open up an icecream shop! You are the queen!! I will definately be roasting peaches, man does that look good!!!

AmyRuth said...

I would say you are a lucky dog, but after reading your recent "crabby" post, perhaps I should say you are a lucky little crab to have such beautiful peaches. Here in MO when I making the peach ice cream I couldn't come up with good local peaches, just too early. Anyway beautiful photos and as always great work. Love reading your blog.
AmyRuth