Peach-Buttermilk Sherbet

Ice cream is restorative. I don’t mean that in a curl-up-with-a-pint-when-you’re-feeling-bad-about-yourself kind of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that), or in that obnoxious Dove Chocolate commercial “this is your moment” kind of way. I mean in the process of blending and freezing flavors, wonderful things happen. And when you sit down to eat the fruits of your labor, especially when the fruits of your labor actually contain delicious seasonal fruit, that first cool sweet bite is just so satisfying.

This recipe for Peach-Buttermilk Sherbet has five ingredients, but only the first three are vital to your ice cream success. The last two are wonderful additions, but if you don’t have them on hand, don’t worry about it (although the booze will help smooth your final product). I’m not sure whether to call it ice cream or sherbet, but let’s not worry about semantics. Just make it.

We are at the tail end of peach season here, people. If you haven’t seized the peach yet, now’s really your last chance.

Peach-Buttermilk Ice Cream/Sherbet

Serves: You and anyone you hold dear (makes about 3 cups)

6 small to medium peaches (or 1 cup of fresh peach puree)
2 cups of low fat or full fat buttermilk
1/4 cup honey (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of Cointreau (or Vodka or Orange Extract)

If starting with fresh peaches, wash and pit them, slice in half, and toss in a food processor. Whir until pretty smooth, with just a little chunkiness remaining. If you have lemon juice, stir it in. You can refrigerate or freeze this mixture for future use, or just head right into the rest of the recipe.

If you want to process the ice cream right away, start with all ingredients cold (but not frozen). If not, refrigerate the mixture when you’re finished for an hour, or as long as overnight.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the peach puree, buttermilk, honey, and Cointreau (if using). Or sometimes I just dump them all in a big Tupperware and shake it up for about 20-30 seconds.

Process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Scoop. Sit. Enjoy.

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