At the end of last summer I purchased and ice cream maker, but we never used it! I have always wanted one and after taking a class with Sally Fallon Morell – I really wanted to make ice cream from scratch and to stay away from the store bought and the chemicals in them.For some reason at the end of last summer and fall, even with the best intentions, we just never got around to making ice cream. This summer with all the fruit in the house of late – I decided it was time to take the maker out of its box. Peach ice cream was on the horizon. I did look at the recipes from the recipe book that came with the maker, but went back to my original thought and used the Nourishing Traditions recipe.
There is not “sugar” in this recipe, but really there is since you use maple syrup and you have the sugar in the fruit. I really liked this ice cream, Stella and her friend did not – now I have a lot of ice cream to eat! Oh, the hardship!!
Peach Ice Cream (from Nourishing Traditions cookbook)
Ingredients (makes 1 quart)
2 cups fresh fruit (I used peaches)
2 Tbl lemon juice
4 Tbl maple syrup
1 tsp gelatin
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups heavy cream, preferably raw, not ultra-pasteurized
NOTE: Prior to making the ice cream recipe below – read your directions for your ice cream maker – for mine I have to put the bowl in the freezer at least 12 hours before using.
1. Mix the maple syrup with the lemon juice and toss with fruit. Cover and let stand for 2 hours.
2. Drain the fruit and combine 3/4 cup of the drained juice (I did not have quite enough – so I added water) with the gelatin. Heat gently until the gelatin is dissolved.
3. Place the fruit in a food processor with the gelatin mixture and process until desired texture.
4. Pour the fruit mixture into a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.
5. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to the directions.
Store the ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer. Take out of the freezer and let stand about 10 minutes, to soften, serve and enjoy! Perfect on a hot day!