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Nectarine Ice Cream – A Great Summer Treat

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:

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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!!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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