This includes two of Jefferson's favorites: peaches, which he grew, and ice cream, which he discovered in France. The ice house at Monticello was kept cool with winter ice harvested from the Rivanna River, so he enjoyed ice cream year-round.
Cooking Light JULY 2005
Combine water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly; cook 10 minutes. Add peaches to sugar mixture; simmer 5 minutes or just until tender. Remove peaches with a slotted spoon, and place in a bowl.
Bring sugar mixture to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 5 minutes). Remove and discard vanilla bean. Add blackberries; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Place berry mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in juice.
Divide ice cream evenly among 6 bowls; top with peaches and blackberry sauce.
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