This roast nectarine ice cream is rich and roasty and uses gorgeous nectarines.
Eternity is waiting for nectarines to ripen...
Nectarines are one of my all time favourite fruits. They smell divine, the colours are amazing and there is none of the annoying fuzz of peaches.
So a week ago I got some gorgeous white nectarines from Dandenong Market, all excited to make my new recipe for Roast Nectarine ice cream.
Only the nectarines weren't ripe yet. So I put them in a bowl by the window sill to ripen, only my eldest kept threatening to steel my nectarines before they were even ripe, let alone before I'd had a chance to turn them into ice cream.
Which is how I ended up with a cupboard that smells like ripening nectarines where I had to hide them from the kids
If you've tried the roast cherry ice cream (and if you haven't you should, it's delicious) this recipe uses a similar method, roasting off the fruit and sugar to get those gorgeous caramel notes. I pair the nectarines here with sour cream to give it a lovely richness and to tone down the sweetness. Don't worry if you're not a fan of sour cream, its there more for balance, not for flavour.
To make the roast nectarine ice cream
You will need about a 2.2 lbs or a kilo of very ripe white nectarines for this recipe. Put them in a fry pan or stove top/oven pan (I like my baccarat one) that can also go in the oven, and sprinkle with sugar.
Roast in a pre heated oven at 430°F (220°C) for 30 mins.
Hot tip: The pan handle will be Very hot, remember your oven mitts.
Check and if not caramelised enough put back in for a further 10 to 15 mins. Turn the nectarines over, carefully spoon over some sugar from the pan, then roast for a further 20 mins. The sugar should be caramelised and the whole pan going roasty and delicious.
Allow to cool, then gently break open the fruit and remove the pits. Blitz nectarines briefly with a hand mixer. Return to pan and reduce a little. You'll need to work at the pan a bit to lift the caramelised sugar off the pan and mix it into the fruit. Allow to cool, then strain and refrigerate until chilled. Put your pits into a small saucepan with cream and simmer for about 10 mins. Cool then strain out pits. Mix in sour cream, lemon juice and salt. Refrigerate until chilled.
Hot tip: if you are using a self refrigerating ice cream churner like my cuisinart one turn it on ten minutes before churning to chill down. Otherwise take your freezer bowl out f the freezer right before churning
Mix together chilled nectarine mix and sour cream mix. Pour into churner and churn until done, about 25 mins.
The mix will be the consistency of soft serve. Eat immediately or transfer into a pre-chilled container (I like my Tovolo ones) and put in freezer until set. This ice cream has a great shelf life and apart from setting rather hard as most home ice cream has a tendency to, it was still delicious with the flavours singing through a couple of weeks later (why did it last that long you might ask? Because I often have several recipe experiments on the go and a freezer full of ice cream and icy poles :D)
Looking for more nectarine recipes? Why not make my nectarine tart.
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Roast nectarine ice cream
- stove top/oven pan
- ice cream churner
- hand mixer or food processor
- 2.2 lbs (1 kg) very ripe white nectarines
- 1/3 of a cup (100 gms) caster sugar
- 2/3 of a cup (150 ml) sour cream
- 1 and 1/4 cups (300 ml) thickened cream
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 430°F (220°C)
- Put nectarines in a stove/oven proof pan and sprinkle with sugar
- Roast for 30mins
- Remove nectarines from oven, turn over in pan, then sprinkle with some of the sugar in the pan. Return to oven and roast for a further 20 mins
- Allow nectarines to cool. Remove stones from nectarines and put into a small seperate saucepan. Put cooked nectarines into a high sided bowl and blitz with a hand mixer or briefly in a food processor. You want to break up the fruit, not puree it.
- Place blitz nectarines back into pan and put on a low heat. Simmer and stir, working off the caramelised sugar with a spoon or heatproof spatular until it dissolves into the nectarine pure.
- Once all sugar is dissolved and mixed in, allow to cool.
- Strain nectarine mix and refrigerate until chilled.
- In the mean time, add cream to nectarine stones in saucepan. Simmer on a very low heat for about 10 mins. Allow to cool, then strain out the stones.
- Transfer to a bowl and mix in sour cream, lemon and salt. Refrigerate until chilled.
- If using a using a self chilling churner, turn on the machine 10 mins before churning, otherwise take freezer bowl out of the freezer just before churning.
- Mix chilled nectarine mix and cream mix together.
- Churn mix in ice cream churner. Takes about 25 mins, depending on your churner. It will be the consistency of soft serve when done.
- Serve immediately or if a firmer consistency is preferred transfer to a container and freeze until desired consistency is reached.