Monday, August 12, 2019

Mo' Ice Cream. Strawberry And Peach And Coffee.

Ice cream.
Love it.
And with the fresh fruits of summer?  It gets better and better.

I just posted vanilla ice cream, made from a custard.
But these ice creams are even easier - no custard is involved. 

I have a trio of ice creams for your pleasure today - strawberry, strawberry/peach, and coffee.
Please enjoy!

This might be the easiest ice cream ever.
No eggs are involved.  No custard.  No cooking.
It's just cream and milk.  Sugar.  Vanilla.  Strawberries.  And an ice cream maker.

Strawberry Ice Cream
2 cups chopped strawberries
1 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
6 oz. skim milk
2 oz. heavy cream
1 TB vanilla
pinch kosher salt

Rosie Note:   In place of the 6 oz. skim and 2 oz. heavy cream, you could use 8 oz. whole milk.  I never have whole milk on hand, but I always have skim and cream, so I substitute. Technically, the correct substitution for a cup of whole milk would be 7 oz. skim and 1 oz. heavy cream, but I happily err on the side of fat.  

Coarsely chop up strawberries and toss with 1/2 cup sugar.  Let sit for at least 15 minutes so the strawberries can release their juices.

In a blender or processor, pulse the strawberries a few times.  Pour into large bowl and add remaining sugar, heavy cream, skim milk, vanilla, and salt.

Pour mixture into ice cream maker and process, occasionally scraping down sides with a spatula.  Takes about 30 minutes.

If you like soft ice cream, serve immediately. 
If there's any left, freeze it.

Nothing screams summer quite like ripe, juicy, luscious peaches and this next ice cream is summer in a bowl. 

You don't have to stick to a "recipe" when you're making these ice creams.  I happened to have a can of evaporated milk just sitting in the refrigerator, staring at me.  It was leftover from when I made my apple purties not too long ago, so I used it up for my peach ice cream. 

 This is an apple purty.

If you don’t have evaporated milk, not to worry.  Simply substitute whole milk or a combination of skim and cream, or 1%, or 2%.  Trust me.  It will work and it will be delicious.

I had both peaches and strawberries on hand, so I'm using both.  If all you have is peaches, use them.

Peach and Strawberry Ice Cream
1 cup chopped peaches
1 cup chopped strawberries
½ cup sugar
¾ cup evaporated milk
¾ cup skim milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup sugar
1 TB vanilla
Pinch salt

Combine peaches and strawberries with ½ cup sugar and let sit for 15 minutes at least to allow the juices to release.
Mix fruits and their juices with the rest of the ingredients.  Pour mixture into an ice cream
machine and process, occasionally scraping down sides.

Serving suggestion:  Add slices of fresh strawberries and peaches, sprinkle with Grapenuts, and drizzle with honey.

When making ice creams, the flavors are limited only to your imagination.  What to do with leftover morning coffee?  Make coffee ice cream!

Coffee Ice Cream
1 cup evaporated milk
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
1 ¾ cups skim milk
1 cup coffee  (The stronger the better.)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp espresso powder
1 TB vanilla
Mix all ingredients, whisking to dissolve sugar.
Pour into ice cream machine and process, scraping down sides every now and then.
Pour into containers and freeze.  Makes 3 pints.

Rosie Note:  Again, I had leftover evaporated milk in the fridge, but you could certainly substitute an equal amount of cream and/or milk. 

Drizzle on a little homemade chocolate syrup for good measure.
Also, I found some chocolate covered espresso beans at Fresh Market which I added.  Yummy!


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