Until a few years ago, I did not realize that nectarines were grown in the South. I honestly thought all of them came from California. This year at our farmers market I only saw them one time. I bought some and they were really good. I think the drought we have been experiencing may have had an effect on the crop locally.
It was my plan to make this nectarine ice cream over the weekend so I had to go to the grocery store and buy California nectarines. They were juicy, sweet and delicious. I usually make this ice cream every summer in our table top ice cream maker. It makes just enough for me and Mr. D. I have varied the ingredients when I have made it and have included the different options in the recipe. If you use the 2% milk and half and half, it makes the ice cream the consistency of ice milk purchased at the supermarket.
Here is a picture of our nectarine ice cream:
If you don’t have nectarines available, I think peaches would be a great substitute for them.
Nectarine Ice Cream
2 cups whole milk or 2% milk
3/4 cup sugar or an equivalent amount of Splenda sweetener
1 1/2 cups mashed fresh nectarines (peeled)
1/ 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 and 1/2 cups of half and half or whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
In a small saucepan, heat the milk to 175 degrees; stir in sugar until dissolved. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine peeled and masked nectarines with lemon juice and blend.
In a large bowl, combine the milk mixture, half and half or whipping cream, extracts and salt; add the nectarine mixture and stir.
Add the mixture to your ice cream maker and process for about 30 minutes. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze for about 2 to 4 hours.
I know freezing it before you eat it does make the texture better however we just have to eat a small amount as we remove it from the ice cream maker and before freezing it. I think that is the joy of making ice cream at home.
As Labor Day weekend is approaching quickly, I think this would be a great choice for any holiday event. Yum!!
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