TWD & Flavor of the Month: Honey Peach Ice Cream

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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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.

57 responses to TWD & Flavor of the Month: Honey Peach Ice Cream

  1. On June 16, 2009 at 5:55pm, 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!

  2. On June 16, 2009 at 6:57pm, Kim said...

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

  3. On June 16, 2009 at 7:05pm, 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!

  4. On June 16, 2009 at 7:09pm, 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. :)

  5. On June 16, 2009 at 8:11pm, 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!

  6. On June 16, 2009 at 8:22pm, anna said...

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

  7. On June 16, 2009 at 8:40pm, Sara said...

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

  8. On June 16, 2009 at 8:42pm, 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!

  9. On June 16, 2009 at 8:43pm, City Girl said...

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

  10. On June 16, 2009 at 8:49pm, Judy said...

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

  11. On June 16, 2009 at 9:03pm, Helene said...

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

  12. On June 16, 2009 at 9:19pm, 5 Star Foodie said...

    Gorgeous pictures and the peach ice cream sounds amazing!

  13. On June 16, 2009 at 9:27pm, Claire said...

    That looks awesome! The texture looks perfect.

  14. On June 16, 2009 at 9:36pm, The Food Librarian said...

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

  15. On June 16, 2009 at 9:37pm, Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    Excellent! That ice cream must taste soooo good!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  16. On June 16, 2009 at 10:07pm, PheMom said...

    [[[bookmarked - check]]]]

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

  17. On June 16, 2009 at 11:12pm, 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.

  18. On June 17, 2009 at 12:23am, Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

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

  19. On June 17, 2009 at 1:41am, 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.

  20. On June 17, 2009 at 4:40am, Pam said...

    What a great idea to roast the peaches!

    Gorgeous pictures.

  21. On June 17, 2009 at 6:41am, Jules Someone said...

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

  22. On June 17, 2009 at 7:23am, 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!!

  23. On June 17, 2009 at 8:26am, Madam Chow said...

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

  24. On June 17, 2009 at 8:32am, 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.

  25. On June 17, 2009 at 8:33am, Leslie said...

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

  26. On June 17, 2009 at 8:56am, Heather said...

    http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/7430/tasty.jpg

  27. On June 17, 2009 at 11:50am, jillbert said...

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

  28. On June 17, 2009 at 12:25pm, 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!

  29. On June 17, 2009 at 1:23pm, pinkstripes said...

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

  30. On June 17, 2009 at 2:13pm, 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!!!

  31. On June 17, 2009 at 3:02pm, Katrina said...

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

  32. On June 17, 2009 at 5:42pm, 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?

  33. On June 17, 2009 at 8:47pm, 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!

  34. On June 17, 2009 at 8:55pm, MaryBeth said...

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

  35. On June 17, 2009 at 9:11pm, Cate O'Malley said...

    Love that glass – gorgeous with the ice cream!

  36. On June 17, 2009 at 9:19pm, Jodie said...

    Your ice cream looks fabulous!

  37. On June 18, 2009 at 6:13am, spike. said...

    love the idea of roasting the fruit first!

  38. On June 18, 2009 at 6:26am, nora@ffr said...

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

  39. On June 18, 2009 at 8:55am, Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

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

  40. On June 18, 2009 at 8:56am, 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 :(

  41. On June 18, 2009 at 11:12am, Melissa said...

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

  42. On June 18, 2009 at 4:03pm, Judy@nofearentertaining said...

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

  43. On June 18, 2009 at 7:17pm, Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

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

  44. On June 18, 2009 at 8:06pm, CookiePie said...

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

  45. On June 19, 2009 at 6:17am, 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!

  46. On June 19, 2009 at 9:44am, Tracey said...

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

  47. On June 19, 2009 at 10:41am, 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!

  48. On June 19, 2009 at 5:14pm, 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!

  49. On June 19, 2009 at 5:19pm, Divine Imaging said...

    looks dreamy. reminds me of warm summer days

  50. On June 19, 2009 at 7:30pm, Mary said...

    Your photos are so amazing.what a great post!

  51. On June 20, 2009 at 9:46pm, Erin said...

    Those are some beautiful peaches and your pictures are gorgeous!

  52. On June 21, 2009 at 5:09am, Cakelaw said...

    Love the roasted honey peaches – a terrific idea.

  53. On June 23, 2009 at 1:37pm, Ingrid said...

    Sounds heavenly!
    ~ingrid

  54. On June 23, 2009 at 9:12pm, 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 . . .!

  55. On June 23, 2009 at 10:18pm, 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!!!

  56. On June 26, 2009 at 1:17pm, 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

  57. On August 25, 2009 at 2:14pm, Brandy said...

    Hi there,
    I just googled peach ice cream and found foodblogs and came up with your site and another’s. Both of you linked to the Brown Interior but the link doesn’t work. Does she cease to exist? If so, how can I find this recipe? I’d like to make it today if someone can send me the recipe. Thanks so much!!

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