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Recipe: Perfect Peach Ice-cream

Perfect Peach Ice-cream
Perfect Peach Ice-cream

Ingredients;

1 400g tin of peaches, drained
6 large egg yolks
125g golden castor sugar
400ml milk
300ml double cream
1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out

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Another Soul Food classic, peaches are plentiful in the Deep South so it’s no coincidence that they are used in so many Soul Food recipes. This is a very subtly flavoured ice-cream so can be easily over powered if you partner it with a pie, I find it at it’s best served on it’s own or with some sliced peaches.

There are 2 options regarding the fruit the first is to purée the drained peaches and the second is to purée half and chop the rest into chunks to be added when freezing. I find that adding the peaches as chunks gives a bit more texture but the fruit chunks tend to lose their flavour when they are frozen. So I tend to go with the “purée all the fruit” option, but both work well.

Next put the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk them until they are creamy and smooth. Then add the milk, cream and vanilla seeds and whisk them together.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and stir continuously over a low heat until it thickens into custard that coats a spoon when dipped in it. You don’t want the mixture to overheat as the eggs will scramble, so if you have a suitable kitchen thermometer, use it. Ideally you want to keep the mixture between 65C to 70C this gives a margin for error as the eggs will scramble around 75C.

Once the custard has thickened remove it from the heat and pour it into a bowl to allow it to cool.

Now if you have a home ice-cream maker simply add the peaches to the cooled custard, stirring them in well and follow your ice-cream machine’s instructions to freeze the ice-cream.

If you don’t have an ice-cream machine then simply stir the peaches into the mixture and pour it all into a sealable container suitable for use in your freezer and pop it in your freezer. It can take anywhere up to eight hours for the ice-cream to set fully and during this time you will need to stir it every 20-30 minutes while it’s freezing to prevent ice crystals forming.

If you’ve ever put some melted ice-cream back into the freezer you will know exactly why you don’t want the ice crystals forming, basically it makes it frozen flavoured custard rather than ice-cream, but that said an ice-cream maker does not have to be expensive. We pickedup one in a Lidl offer a few years back for around €30 and I saw this similar one available from Amazon. So why not treat yourself, summer is almost here and this does make the process of ice-cream making far easier 😉

Pancake Day

So, tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday and I’ve already got a great pancake recipe posted. So, rather than posting another pancake recipe, I’m going to give you a few ideas for variations for that recipe.

Firstly, there are the fruit options, simply add different fruit rather than blueberries, I’ve tried mashed bananas and sliced strawberries. Others that should work well are raspberries, blackberries, pretty much any fruit can be used – so go wild, try it with your favourite fruit and let us know how you get on.

Another a great idea for pancakes is chocolate! Chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it?

So, there’s the obvious chocolate chips, just sprinkle them on instead of fruit, job done right? Well there’s always the Double Choc option, just make the milk in the recipe chocolate milk and add the chocolate chips while cooking them.

And for the completely decadent out there, why not try some chocolate spread instead of maple syrup?

So with all these calorific ideas and the food excesses of the Valentine weekend, I’m off out for a walk. While I’m out why not share a few of your favourite pancake ideas?

Recipe: Yee-Haw Yankee Breakfast Pancakes

Dripping with Maple Syrup

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
115g plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
140ml milk
a pinch of salt
a knob of butter
a handful of blueberries
maple syrup

Serves 2 people.

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This recipe makes thick American-style pancakes, which are very light and fluffy – so you can easily eat a whole “stack”.

Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs and hold on to both parts.

Add the flour, baking powder, and milk to the yolks and whisk to a smooth, thick batter.

Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt, until they form stiff peaks, then fold this gently into the batter.

Heat a non stick frying pan on a medium heat, melt some butter into it and pour in some batter, enough to make the size pancake you require.

Then sprinkle on your blueberries (you can use almost any berry or mashed banana as an alternative if you prefer). When the pancake starts to look like it’s drying out on top, turn it over and give it roughly the same time on the other side.

Then serve in a stack of about 4, drizzled heavily with maple syrup and enjoy!