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Italian Plum Ice Cream

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Active time 20 mins
Total time 13 hrs
Yield

Makes 1 qt.

Plums give these stacked scoops their bright hue and tart taste. Looker for a sweeter scoop? Try Nectarine Ice Cream. Substitute 1 lb. nectarines for the Italian prune plums. In Step 1, decrease cooking time to 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest to blender in Step 2.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian prune plums, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, scraped clean
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Place plums, sugar, water, and vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the plums are soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and let plums cool to room temperature. Remove vanilla bean, and discard, or rinse and reserve for another use.

  2. Process plum mixture, cream, and lemon juice in a blender until almost smooth. (There should be some pieces of plum throughout the ice cream.) Chill overnight.

  3. Place chilled mixture in a freezer container of a 1-quart electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, and freeze until firm but still scoopable, at least 4 hours.

  4. Nectarine Ice Cream: Substitute 1 lb. nectarines for the Italian prune plums. In Step 1, decrease cooking time to 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest to blender in Step

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