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Roasted Peach and Lavender Ice Cream With Lemon Salt Shortbread Cookies

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I went for white peaches for no other reason that they were the most ripe ones at the market one morning and I did not want to wait any longer to make ice cream. Use any stone fruit you like best. Do not worry if you can remove the pits before you put them in the oven, both skins and pits will yield under your fingers once the fruits are roasted. Cook, peel, mash and throw in with the ice cream base which is nothing more complicated than milk and cream and a little sugar or honey.
Best is to prepare the fruit and ice cream base the day before you plan on churning it.

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Ingredients

  • For the ice cream:
  • 6 peaches
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried edible lavender buds
  • 1 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup whole coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • For the shortbread cookies (makes about twenty 2-inch round cookies)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup milk (optional)
  • Lemon salt (optional)(or make your own by added lemon zest to coarse sea salt)

Details

Adapted from tarteletteblog.com

Preparation

Step 1

Prepare the ice cream:
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.
Place in large roasting pan, cut side up. Drizzle with the honey and lavender. Roast until golden brown and soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely and peel the skins off the peaches (you can roast them the day before if you want). Reserve.
In a large saucepan set over medium heat, cook together the cream, milk coconut milk and honey until they barely come to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Refrigerate until cold.
When both fruit and ice cream based are chilled sufficiently, mash the peaches with a potato masher or a fork (no need to puree fine), add them to the base and process the ice cream according to your ice cream maker manufacturer's instruction.
Freeze until set.

Prepare the cookies:
In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter, sugar and egg yolks together on medium speed until creamy looking. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds with the back of a knife and add to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix for 10 seconds. Add the millet and sweet rice flour with the mixer still on low speed. If the mixture feels too crumbly add a little bit of milk to obtain a smooth but not too wet dough. Start with one tablespoon at a time.
Gather the dough into a bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
When ready to bake, turn the oven to 350F and position a rack in the middle.
Roll the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll to about 1/4 to 1/8-inch thick. Cut cookies out in the dough and place them on a parchment lined baing sheet. Sprinkle with lemon salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Serve with the ice cream.

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