Friday, August 20, 2010

Plum Ice Cream

Last week I decided I was overdue for some homemade ice cream, so I sat Joey down with The Perfect Scoop and told him to pick out a recipe.  His choice?  Well, it wasn't this one.  I'll get to his next week.  It just so happened that I had about a pound of plums, perfectly ripe and just waiting to be eaten, and wouldn't you know that David Lebovitz has a recipe for plum ice cream.

David suggests pairing this ice cream with a raspberry or blackberry swirl, which I think is a fabulous idea.  I even had some of both in my fridge, but I was crunched for time and skipped it.  I would love to try it out though!  I  added a step to strain the puree to get rid of the skins before chilling.  I just thought I'd prefer it smooth.  I also decreased the sugar just a tad, since the plums I used were really really ripe.  And since I didn't have any kirsch, I added a bit of almond extract instead.

We really enjoyed this ice cream.  Its a bit of an unusual flavor, but it tastes very rich and smooth.  Caroline and my niece both really loved it as well - and I'm sure it had nothing to do with its brilliant purple hue. 

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Plum Ice Cream
adapted from David Lebovitz, The Perfect Scoop
makes about 1 quart
  • 1 pound plums (about 6-8)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract or kirsch
Slice the plums in half and remove the pits.  Cut each plum into eighths, and place them in a medium saucepan with the water.  Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.  Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar, and cool to room temperature.

Puree in a blender or food processor with the cream and almond extract until smooth.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.

Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.


Cara said...

what a gorgeous hue of purple - I love it!

Danielle said...

What a great picture! i'd never thought of plum ice cream.. does it really taste good?

Eliana said...

Looks absolutely perfect and delicious :) Love the deep color too.

oneordinaryday said...

I finally broke down and bought this cookbook today. I've been looking through it all afternoon to try to figure out what to try first. This ice cream looks awesome. I love the color!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

This ice cream almost looks fake. What an amazing colour. I LOVE IT! And who could say now to that. Looks like we are in willy wonkas house...

The Urban Baker said...

Oh how I love purple and green. such a beautiful combo!

Lisa said...

I love the look of this icecream and I love plums. Even though it's winter here I'm tempted to make it.

MaryMoh said...

beautiful ice cream. The colour is so beautiful. I need to make. Must be very delicious. A healthier ice cream with fruits. Thanks very much for sharing.

Cat said...

Hi! I'm a long time reader, first time follower of your lovely blog (as I'm quite new to blogging). I've made this lovely recipe and uploaded it on my blog. I've referenced your blog also, hope that's OK! Love your recipes!


Katie said...

I know you posted this a while back, but I just made it and OMG is it delicious. I love the sweet and tart together. I think it's my new favorite! I'm also glad you suggested straining the skins off because I love it being so smooth and creamy!

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