I had some peaches in the freezer that were a little under ripe when picked. They were also hard, so I needed to soften them up and intensify their flavor. I turned to my brand new CrockPot for the job.
After the peaches had been cooked low and slow, they were soft and succulent. I put them in a blender to make a delicious puree, perfect for ice cream (or cocktails but that will be another post).
Slow Cooker Peach Puree
8 peaches, sliced (this works best with slightly under ripe or hard peaches)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup peach schnapps (optional)
In a slow cooker, combine the peaches, sugar, cinnamon, butter and schnapps. Toss lightly to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. When good and soft, dish out enough to put over a bowl of vanilla ice cream and put the rest in a blender and puree until smooth. Store in pint bags in the freezer until ready to use.
Peach Ice Cream
2 cups of peach puree, thawed
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a container, and freeze until firm.