Friday, September 02, 2011

peach macadamia ice cream sandwiches

from the gluttonous archives of ice-cream-sandwichry:

monster ice cream sandwich

peach-coconut ice cream, lovingly scooped between two vanilla-macadamia gluten-free cookies. my friends have serious sandwich construction skills.

these were pretty irresistible. the cookies were adapted from the babycakes cookbook, subbing chopped macadamias for chocolate chips (which infuses the cookies with buttery magic) and cutting the oil in half. in HALF! really. and they taste great. i think next time i'll try cutting it even more. because i am not made of money, nor of coconut oil, sadly.

the ice cream was adapted from the vegan scoop. i've noticed that some fruity ice cream recipes instruct you to cook the fruit down with some sugar before blending it into the ice cream base. i'm sure that works well too, but i haven't had the patience, and i rather like the delicate fruity flavor that edges through when you just puree the fruit uncooked. it's less concentrated, maybe, but to me tastes fresher. like the creamiest, most decadent scoop of smoothie.

quick peach ice cream:
1 can coconut milk + enough almond (or other nondairy) milk to equal 3 cups
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 or so medium peaches, chopped (i left the skins on. we do not waste fruit at my house)
1/2 - 3/4 tsp xanthan gum

do it:
blend the coconut milk, almond milk, sugar, vanilla, and about 2/3 of the peach chunks in a blender until homogenous. carefully add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum and blend. add it in 1/4 tsp increments, blending thoroughly after each addition, until it is slightly thickened. this stuff is serious, don't add too much or you will provoke its gummy rage.

stick the blender container in the fridge until the contents are cold. place remaining peach chunks on a parchment-lined plate in the freezer.

freeze the ice cream base in your ice cream maker and give thanks to the machines for all they do for us. add the frozen peach chunks at the very end of the freezing process.

peach ice cream tub

if your ice cream maker is the same size as mine, the addition of the lovely bountiful peaches to a full recipe of ice cream may cause some slight overflow. i didn't mind, maybe you don't either. that's just more to lick off the spatula before you settle down with your bowl.


Hanna said...

Mmm, these look DELICIOUS. I love making ice cream sandwiches, although none of mine ever turn out that pretty.

jd said...

OMG. I think this just brought a tear to my eye! That ice cream sandwich looks incredible!

Hannah said...

Amazing! I'm currently drowning in ice cream thanks to the demands of cookbook writing, but I could still totally go for one of these. :)