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Ginger Ice Cream with Nectarine Caramel Sauce

Sigh. Our lives are SOOOOOOO difficult. 

Do you have any idea what it's like to try and come up with new recipes each week that do not involve chocolate, peanut butter or caramel or coconut or chocolate or peanut butter?!?!

Oh, the struggles we face!

(PS. This is the part where you are SUPER impressed that we will have made TWO non-chocolate-peanut-butter-coconut-chocolate-chocolate things this week. Yes. This one has caramel, but you know, baby steps.)

There was just something so intriguing about this recipe from the San Francisco Chronicle cookbook we randomly own.

It called to us through the pages, haunting us with its non-chocolate-y-ness. Or something.

(FYI, we are a tiiiiiiiiinnny bit melodramatic. At least one of us is.)

Anyhoo. The recipe called to us. Ice cream. Which we love. Ginger. Which we also love. Nectarines. Yummy but sort of baby food focused. Whatever. All together. 

Weird. Obvy we had to make it.

And, do you want to guess what happened? 


What did we say? Melodramatic.

Side note. Who out there got their act together and participated in the Missoni-for-Target pandemonium?

We thought about it, but then decided to make ice cream instead. We think it was the right decision.

Ginger Ice Cream with Nectarine Caramel Sauce
Makes 1 quart
Adapted from The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook

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For the Ice Cream:
1/3 cup fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 pint whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
8 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 heaping tablespoons minced crystallized ginger (about 6 cubes)

For the Caramel Sauce:
6-8 very ripe nectarines, peeled and pitted 
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup

Combine ginger, milk and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and remove from heat allowing the ginger to steep for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour. Strain and return the liquid to the saucepan. Bring it back to a simmer.

Mix the sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add some of the warmed cream mixture to the sugar and egg yolks whisking briskly to temper the eggs. Gradually add the remaining cream mixture, whisking until all combined. Return the new cream and egg mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and the back of the spoon is coated. It will resemble a very thin milk shake. Mix in the vanilla extract and the minced crystallized ginger. Pour into clean bowl and cover tightly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 

Finally, pour the cooled custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according the manufacturer's instructions. 

To make the caramel sauce, place the nectarines in a blender or juice extractor and puree. If using a blender, strain the puree through a seive to get about 1 cup of juice.

Combine the sugar and water in a small, heavy saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. When the mixture begins to bubble all over, swirl the pan until the sugar turns a golden caramel color. This will take about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the corn syrup. The mixture might seize up but just keep stirring. The residual heat will dissolve the corn syrup. Allow it to cool for a few minutes and then stir in the nectarine juice. Again, if the sauce seizes and the sugar turns into a lump, just zap the whole sauce in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the sugar dissolves again. Refrigerate until ready to serve over the ice cream.

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Reader Comments (6)

Mmm you said cupcake and that made me want to slice a chocolate cupcake in half (unfrosted) and THEN put ice cream and this sauce on top. And I appreciate your putting together "out of the dessert box" recipes! I know it's tough.

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I agree, coming up with new desserts that aren't based around chocolate and peanut butter on a regular basis is a huge challenge! The nectarine caramel sauce sounds amazing, and enough to keep me off chocolate for a day;-)

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

That sounds amazing! Great idea! I've had peach caramel fondue, so this would be as yummy.

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Non chocolate desserts are a welcome change. This looks wonderful. A great way to celebrate the end of the summer season.

September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRivki Locker

not to be the "pain in the neck" commenter, but the picture of fruit for this recipe looks to me like apricots, and not nectarines. did you actually use apricots? i wouldn't ask, but you know i make all of these recipes and i have to make sure!! thanks!

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathie

Hmmm...excellent point, Kathie. Looks like the complete lack of sleep (VP Quality Control prefers to NOT sleep) clouded our eyesight. Though, to be fair, the grocery store DID have these guys labeled as nectarines. Either way, the sauce is delicious. It would be fabulous with peaches or even plums as substitutes. You know our motto, just give it a go! And, let us know how it turns out ;-)

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlue-Eyed Bakers

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