In honor of August being both National Peach Month and National Goat Cheese month, we at Foxfield Inn have designed a delicious ice cream that features both ingredients. Between the popular peach orchards Chiles and Henley’s, Charlottesville, Virginia is up to its ears in peaches right now, so this dessert is a delectable way to let them shine with the goat cheese adding an extra creamy tang.
Peach and Goat Cheese Ice Cream
Yield: About 5 cups
Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home and Cuisinart
- 2 cups peaches, diced
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup goat cheese (fresh chevre style)
- 1 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
Combine diced peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, and the lemon juice. Let macerate for 2 hours at room temperature. Drain peaches, reserving both the juice and the peaches separately. Chill while you prepare the remainder of the recipe.
Mix 2 tablespoons of the whole milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a slurry. Set aside.
Combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, and salt. Mix well.
Combine the remainder of the milk with the heavy cream, 2/3 cup sugar, and the light corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat to gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to heat and bring back to a boil. Boil for 1 minute.
Whisk hot cream mixture into the cheese mixture. Chill thoroughly, at least 2 hours.
Add the reserved chilled peach juice to the chilled cream base, then pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add the reserved diced peaches during the last 5 minutes of processing, just to mix in.
Immediately after freezing, the ice cream will have a soft creamy texture, but don’t let that stop you from digging in. If firmer ice cream is desired, transfer to an airtight container and place in freezer at least two hours.
Whether you eat your ice cream after breakfast, in a milk shake, or for a midnight snack, this flavor is sure to please. Try it topped with some caramel sauce, fresh peach slices, or candied pecans! We’ll continue making this while peaches are in season here, but read these tips
for preserving your fresh peaches if you want to enjoy this treat all winter long. Give this recipe a try, and leave a comment letting us know how you liked it! And come visit us at Foxfield Inn
before peach-picking season is over!
Dan and Kathryn Bundy