If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where fresh apricots are bountiful in the summer, be sure to take advantage of their fleeting season by churning up a batch of this ice cream.
Don’t be put off by apricots that are übersoft, as plump and fragile as an overfilled water balloon, seemingly ready to burst at the slightest touch. Those are the best-tasting fruits.
- 1 pound (450g) squishy-ripe fresh apricots (10 to 15, depending on size)
- 1⁄2 cup (125ml) water
- 1⁄2 cup (100g) sugar
- 1 cup (250ml) heavy (double) cream
- 3 drops pure almond extract
- A few drops freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Slice open the apricots and remove the pits, then cut each apricot into sixths. Place the apricot pieces with the water in a medium, nonreactive saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apricots are tender, about eight minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Once cooled, purée the apricots and any liquid in a blender or food processor until smooth. Taste a big spoonful; if there are any small fibres, press the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove them. Stir in the cream, almond extract, and lemon juice.
3. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Reprinted with permission from The Perfect Scoop, Revised and Updated by David Lebovitz (2018), published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
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