peachy Keen.

The picture above does NOT do this ice cream justice.
Thanks to Anna of Very Small Anna for coming up with quite an inspiration. I tweeted earlier in the day on Wednesday, asking for the best Peach Ice Cream Recipe. She responded with her own Mascarpone Peach Ice Cream (and as a vote of confidence, so did Tiffany of Lorken Food Finery– that was enough to seal the deal for me). So I read the recipe on her blog.

Dear Lord

The ingredients in her recipe were all good enough to eat on their own…but combined? It could be pee in your pants awesome. But here was my dilemma. Mascarpone, even if I COULD get it here in Giles County, would never fit into the $100 Challenge. But I did have Cream Cheese on hand, as well as the other simple ingredients. So I changed her recipe up a bit, made it my own and well…the results are unbelievable. Creamy. Decadent. Fresh. It’s quite possibly the creamiest, most flavorful ice cream I have ever eaten. I love sorbets – they are my weakness, but I can usually take or leave a cream based ice cream – but this? This is otherworldly.

Caramelized Peach & Ginger Cream Cheese Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

makes roughly 2 quarts
16 ounces Cream Cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup Vanilla Sugar (regular sugar will do)
3 Ripe Peaches
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
1 teaspoon sweet rum
Caramel syrup
Combine the 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar & 2 Tablespoons White sugar and sprinkle over finely chopped peaches. I left skins on, and really like the consistancy. Place sugared peaches under broiler of oven for 7-10 minutes, until caramelized. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In stand mixer, whisk vanilla sugar, cream, milk and cream cheese together until smooth. Whisk in spices. Stir in rum and cooled peaches (and their juices) and add to ice cream machine. Follow manufacturers instructions to complete. Near end of cycle, add caramel syrup to ice cream. Freeze and enjoy!

I need your help now. Since I have supplied you with an amazing ice cream to try, I need YOU to name it. That name is too long, but how do you fit all of those tasty elements into ONE name? Help! Leave your comment here, and if I choose it (using a panel of my Tweetie friends and my RL friends and fam) perhaps there will be a little prize involved? Maybe?

Day 15 Rundown: Spent $11.59. It was time to hit the store…things were running a little low. I used several coupons, took advantage of reduced meat, and really took advantage of a Super Sale promo. I spent $11.59 including taxes…normally, this would have cost about $25.00. Here’s what we added to our stock:

  • 12 Eggs
  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • Banana Nut Cheerios
  • Hungry Jack Scalloped Potatoes
  • 1 pound Country Style Pork Ribs
  • 5 Cans Starfish Tuna
  • Steamables Snow Peas
  • Green Giant Frozen Baby Peas
Breakfast: Seven had a Yogurt, some berries and a piece of Bologna. Jon & I skipped breakfast.
Lunch: I packed Jon a lunch he could haul and not have to keep cold – he was working in the field. He had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on Milk Bread, a fruit cup, and 2 packs of those snack crackers I bought on Monday. Seven had turkey (luncheon meat), a piece of milk bread, and peaches. I had a piece of buttered Milk Bread.

Dinner: Seven had green beans, half an ear of corn, and a hot dog weiner. Jon and I had Peach Barbequed Pork with onions, sugar snap peas and instant mashe potatoes, which are gross even when you try to make them better with extra butter and cheese. IMO. Scalloped potatoes from a box I like. Mashed potatoes from a box are only edible, and that’s pushing it. Luckily, they were free.

13 Days to Go, $66.15 left to spend.

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