Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TWD: Honey-Peach Ice Cream


And lemon cupcakes. Or lemon cupcakes topped with honey-peach ice cream. Sweet and creamy from the ice cream, light and tangy from the cupcake.

When Tommi picked this ice cream, I was pretty darned happy - I don't make ice cream enough, especially since I actually purchased an ice cream maker. In fact, I think I haven't made more than a half dozen different ice creams since buying it a year ago. And while the vietnamese coffee ice cream probably beats any other (sorry, coffee and me are bffs), this one is pretty darned good.


What makes it so wonderful? Well, there's the amazing smell when you cook down the peaches with the honey. Then there's the ease of making the custard (I totally understand when it's done cooking now). And then, after churning it, there's the first taste - right off the dasher. We'll ignore the oh-so-annoying 6-8 hr chill-down ice cream must have in the freezer, because I had the perfect distraction - cupcakes! I wanted something to complement the sweetness, but not be too overpowering. While I was thinking ice cream sandwiches, Kayte had a brilliant idea - lemon cupcakes!


Now, I'm not a huge lemon fan. Give me chocolate, coffee, maple, nuts - you know, the heavy flavors. Citrus? Eh, not so much. I'll eat fruit day in day out (and do), but don't tend to put it in my desserts unless it's a crumble, crisp, or pie. But I had faith, and found Clara's recipe for lemon-lemon cupcakes. Even better, it only made 10 regular sized cupcakes. Better than that? It was easy to halve, giving me 18 mini cupcakes more adorable than you could believe.

So with that little distraction well in hand, I was able to top off my little cupcakes with a tiny (mini cookie scoop = 1 Tbsp) bit of ice cream. It was absolutely perfect, a nice little three-bite dessert. So we'll call this a successful collaborative effort, thanks to Tommi, Kayte, and Clara.


Honey-Peach Ice Cream
(adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my home to yours)

1 lb peaches, peeled and chopped into 1/2" cubes
2 Tbsp honey
2/3 cup 2% milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the peaches and honey in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, or until peaches are soft but not falling apart. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and carefully blend until smooth. Set aside to let cool.

Heat the milk and heavy cream in a medium saucepan just to a simmer over medium heat. While that's heating, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light in color and slightly thickened. When milk and cream are just simmering, take off the heat and slowly drizzle 1/3 of the mixture into the sugar-yolk mix, whisking constantly so you don't cook the eggs. Pour in the rest, whisking all the while. Pour the custard back into the medium saucepan and set it over medium heat. Whisk constantly, scraping the bottom of the pan so nothing cooks onto it, until it coats the back of a spoon and is slightly thicker. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the peach puree and vanilla. Scrape into a bowl and set in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the instructions. Pack into a container and freeze for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.

Lemon Cupcakes
(adapted from Clara)

1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch kosher salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 egg
3 Tbsp milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp lemon extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line a mini muffin pan and place on a cookie sheet.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, lemon juice, and lemon extract. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg until the mixture no longer looks curdled. Add the flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Using a mini cookie scoop or a spoon, fill the mini muffin cavities 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake for 15 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly pressed. These won't color, and will be fairly flat-topped.

Remove cupcakes from pan and set aside to cool.

Makes 18 mini cupcakes.

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Next Week: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

36 comments:

natalia said...

I bet it was a great combination !! And super cute too !! ciao !

Marie said...

Great combination Caitlin!! I can just taste those cupcakes now. Brilliant!

somethingsweetbykaren said...

very nice. :)

Mary Ann said...

What a delicious little bite of dessert! I am sure the peach and lemon combination was yummy!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh I hear the thrill of mastery in that "I totally understand when it's done cooking now."
Peaches and lemon: I think you've got a winner. Love the minis!

Pamela said...

The combo sounds delicious and of course, I love the mini cupcakes, too. Tasty and portion controlled! Fabulous.

Megan said...

Love the mini lemon cakes - perfect size. And you can't go wrong with ice cream on top.

Maria said...

Cupcakes and ice cream, yum!!!

Bridget said...

Wow, that really is the cutest. I love ice cream instead of frosting!

Teanna DiMicco said...

That is my idea of perfect portion control! I LOVE it! Love the lemon (I am a lemon convert and totally obsessed now) and I lurved the ice cream! Everything looks great!

Amy said...

Mmmm - this looks great!! I need to try these cupcakes too!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Manggy said...

Heeey! Love ice cream and cake (and raspberry sauce, if there's any on offer... A peach melba!). How's SFO been?

rainbowbrown said...

You know what's weird? I remember when you bought that ice cream maker. Does that make me creepy? I want to make coffee ice cream. Yes I do.

chocolatechic said...

The ice cream...it wasn't my faborite.

Carla said...

I didn't think lemon cupcakes and peach ice cream went together. Who needs frosting when you have ice cream? ;)

Clivia said...

Your ice cream looks so delicious! Especially with those cupcakes. Well done.

pinkstripes said...

Your ice-cream topped mini-cupcakes look wonderful. One of my goals this summer is to make either an ice cream cake or ice cream cupcakes.

Natashya said...

The perfect accompaniment! Looks great. Hey, if we are ever at a party I will sit next to you and I can trade you the chocolatey stuff for the citrus!

Kayte said...

Wow, I didn't know I had a brilliant idea...I just thought I was picking a flavor of cupcake, and well, you know, lemon would be my pick! I have to try this, lemon cupcakes with peach ice cream sounds like heaven to me. These look wonderful...fun post, and I hope you are a having a good time b/c we sure miss you on Twitter.

Leslie said...

Adorable!! And I bet the lemon and the peach were great together.

Liz said...

Ooh, lemon cupcakes sound perfect with this! Glad that you found such a nice accompaniment to this great ice cream.

Tracey said...

What a terrific little dessert! I love the idea to combine lemon and peach!

The Food Librarian said...

Yummy! You made two things - so ambitious! :) Both look great!

Judy said...

Love that combination of peach and lemon. I do believe you are Queen of the Minis! Such an awesome dessert!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Your ice cream looks so luscious! And, what a great idea to put them on those cute cupcakes. Well done!

margot said...

Those look like perfect fluffy cupcakes, what a great combination!

Michele said...

Your ice cream looks great and I adore the cupcakes!

TeaLady said...

Wonderful pairing of the lemon and peach. Will have to try that. Lemon curd over the peach ice cream???

Yours look so yummy!

Madam Chow said...

As usual, this looks lovely! And I am a big fan of citrus.

Katrina said...

Awesome--yum! Fun cupcakes.
I made honey almond ice cream and put it on peach crisp. Good!

CB said...

Well you know that I absolutely love the idea of ice cream+cupcakes! Glad you enjoyed the lemon cupcake recipe. :) I am a lemon lover myself. Mmmm... lemon.
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Elra said...

Look absolutely delicious Caitlin. I also like your plate, it's so cute!

Anh said...

This is a great idea. Cupcake ice-cream. :D

Y said...

Mmmm and mmm again. Fab combination, although I can't get over the fact that a) you own an i/c maker but hardly use it, and b) you don't usually like lemon in desserts!

berrybushel said...

Mmmm...those lemon cupcakes sound really good. And I'm in need of a good cupcake recipe...just sayin'.

The ice cream straight out of the maker was my fav part!

Cakelaw said...

Just gorgeous Caitlin. I am a fan of citrus over the heavier flavours, so I would adore this.