Friday, July 22, 2011

Nectarine Ice Cream

For my last experiment with Melissa's fruit, I decided to make nectarine ice cream.  I began by cutting nectarines into chunks and cooking them with brown sugar and nutmeg.  I then mashed it and put it through a strainer. 

While the nectarine mixture cooled, I made my ice cream base.  Instead of using the 1/2 c. of granulated sugar I usually use to make ice cream, I used 1/4 c. granulated sugar and 1/4 c. brown sugar. 

I combined the nectarines with the ice cream base and put them in the ice cream maker.  About 3 minutes before it was done, I added in some chopped nectarines. 

This ice cream was really, really good- the brown sugar gave it a toffee caramel flavor, which worked perfectly with a the subtle taste of nectarine.   

If you've ever made your own ice cream, you know that it is always very soft when it 
comes out of the ice cream maker.  Soft, and so amazingly good. 

Any leftovers that go into the freezer are much firmer by the next day.

Nectarine Ice Cream

                               3 nectarines, diced               1/4 c. granulated sugar 
                               1/2 c. brown sugar                2 c. half-and-half
                               1/2 tsp. nutmeg                    1 tsp. vanilla

Combine two diced nectarines, 1/4. c brown sugar, and nutmeg in a small pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes or until nectarines are very soft.  Mash and press through a fine mesh strainer.  Set aside until cool.  In a separate bowl, combine 1 c. half-and-half with 1/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 c. granulated sugar.  Whisk until sugar is dissolved.  Add remaining cup of half-and-half and vanilla.  Add cooled nectarine mixture.  Put into ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's instructions.  About three minutes before ice cream is done, add remaining diced nectarines. 


  1. That sounds delicious!! YUM! :):):):):):):):):):)

  2. The ice cream does sound delicious! I wanted to comment on the winning Disney blog. I, of course, can't figure out how to do that. Timothy told me to tell you that he knew 3 letters in his name and had good guesses for 2 more. He also said that the next time I saw you, to tell you that it was very clever of you to come up with this idea. I agree, and thanks for my Grandma!

  3. All these nectarine recipes look delicious!! :) -Amanda