Peach Green Tea Ice Cream

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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One of my all-time favorite flavors of green tea (second only to *maybe* jasmine) is peach. Recently it occurred to me that I’ve yet to make peach green tea ice cream, an oversight I took to rectifying immediately. Luckily, it was pretty simple: just process some canned peaches and syrup into a slurry and use it in place of the soy milk. Peach Green Tea Ice Cream in a jiff!

If this was the beginning of summer, I might have used fresh roasted peaches in place of the canned stuff. Sadly, it is not. (Sob. Snow is just around the corner, y’all! Get me some sun lamps stat!) But feel free to use ’em if you’ve got ’em!

Also, 1 1/4 cups (or 1 cup post-processing) is about six slices shy of a full 15 ounce can. I was tempted to use the whole shebang, but worried that it’d be too much batter for my one-quart machine to handle. It can be hard to tell, since some batter expands more than others when frozen. As it turns out, it fit with very little room to spare. If your bowl is larger than mine, go ahead and use the full can. Or don’t! The leftover slices taste amazing when served alongside the finished product.

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Peach Blueberry Swirl Banana Ice Cream

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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Photographed with nectarine slices,
on accounta I used all my peaches to make this ice cream!
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So this is a simple yet delicious recipe that I threw together using some leftovers – namely, a few ripe peaches I had on hand, along with some blueberry pie filling, most of which I used as a topping for pancakes. (VeganMoFo spoiler alert: there will be pancakes!)

Since blueberries are in season, you can just as easily make your own sauce if you’d rather. It’s as simple as simmering blueberries, sugar, and water on medium heat until the berries burst and the sauce thickens to your liking. If you make too much, you can freeze the leftovers for later use – or use them as a sundae topping! Chocolate So Delicious with a blueberry drizzle, yum.

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Peach Blueberry Swirl Banana Ice Cream

(Makes about a quart and a half of ice cream.)

Ingredients

5 overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
powdered sugar or another vegan sweetener, if needed
a splash of coconut milk or creamer, if needed

3 peaches
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 to 1 cup canned blueberry pie filling or homemade blueberry sauce

Directions

1. Begin by roasting the peaches. Preheat the oven to 400F. Cut the peaches into quarters; peel each slice (optional) and remove the pits. Combine the peaches and brown sugar in a large bowl; cover and toss to mix. Transfer the slices to a baking pan (9″x9″ fits perfectly). Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes, or until the peaches are tender. Once the peaches are done baking, flip each slice onto the other “cheek” so that it soaks up some of the juices.

2. After they’ve cooled, transfer the peaches and their juices to an airtight container and refrigerate for six to eight hours, or until ready for use.

3. To make the ice cream: Place the chilled peaches in the food processor and pulse until chunky.

4. Add the (frozen) bananas and pulse until smoothly blended. Most likely you’ll need to stir them by hand several times, as the frozen chunks tend to gather and become “stuck” on one side of the bowl. If necessary, add a splash of non-dairy milk or creamer to get things moving!

Alternately, you can allow the bananas to defrost on the counter top for 30 to 60 minutes beforehand, so that they’re easier to work with. Before putting them in the food processor, break them up into smaller chunks with a butter knife.

Note: Since introducing extra liquids (such as non-dairy milk) into the mix results in a slightly icier finished product, I prefer defrosting to non-dairy milk. If you’re in a hurry, pop the bananas in the microwave for 20 to 45 seconds instead. The juices from the peaches should help in this regard.

5. Sample the batter and add a bit of sugar if needed.

6. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container. As you do so, gently mix in the blueberry sauce, so that you create a swirl effect. Enjoy immediately as soft serve, or pop the ice cream in the freezer for an hour+ for a firmer dessert. Store any leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container. If the frozen banana ice cream proves too hard to scoop, microwave it for ten seconds to help loosen it up (or let the container sit on the counter for ten to thirty minutes prior to eating, depending on room temp).

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I can’t tell y’all how much I love this plate, scored at Goodwill for a buck fifty.
idk what dogs have to do with tomatoes, nor do I care. DOGS!
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Eat to the Beat: Peachy Keen Cobbler & Presidents of United States of America

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

 

The song: “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America (lyrics)

The foodstuff: Peachy Keen Cobbler from American Vegan Kitchen

The connection: Obvious connection is obvious.

 

Peachy Keen Cobbler from American Vegan Kitchen (0018)

 

My very first cobbler! (Is that weird? That’s weird, isn’t it?)

Given that I’m currently drowning in apples – even after the two raccoon families living ’round here had their fill, the trees are dropping more apples than I could ever hope to use! – I was tempted to apple-ize a peach recipe to go with this song. But this Peachy Keen Cobbler by Tami Noyes (of Vegan Appetite fame!) looked soooo incredibly tasty that I just couldn’t bring myself to tinker with it.

Truthfully, I think this cobbler would be mind-numbingly good no matter which fruit you use for the filling: peaches. Peaches and raspberries. Apples. Apples and blueberries. Pears. Pears and all the berries. Bring it on!

The peaches in the base-slash-filling are combined with a tasty mix of flour, sugar, and lemon juice, which stays moist and gooey even after it’s baked. The cobbler portion of the dish is a doughy topping that rises and crisps, forming a kind of pie-like crust. Because this is a messy dessert, it’s fairly easy to make – no finicky pie crust required – with maximum impact. The hardest part is peeling all those darn peaches! (Although if you want to be super-lazy – or if peaches are out of season – I suppose you could always go with frozen or canned. Better than nothing but not the same!)

 

Peachy Keen Cobbler from American Vegan Kitchen (0014)

 

Also, I would gladly eat the filling on its own. Maybe…heaped atop a bowl of ice cream? Ugh, must go make more peach cobbler.

 

veganmofo 2012
Eat to the Beat

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