white wine

It’s hot outside. I wanted to bake something for you but I just can’t bring myself to turn on the oven. I don’t know about you but we don’t have central air conditioning and our little window models just aren’t performing in this heat.

Just because there’s a little heat wave doesn’t mean we need to give up on homemade dessert, right? So long as it’s cool and refreshing – it’s wonderful.

peaches and wine

At a farm I recently visited, I filled a brown paper bag with peaches. There’s something about peaches that are so cool and summery. When I got them home I sliced them up and splashed them with a little white wine.

I found a nice big glass and filled it with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean ice cream, the wine soaked peaches and a pile of fresh whipped cream. Refreshing and delicious. Perfect for a heat wave.

peaches and cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, contents scraped out and set aside

Gently heat the cream and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and vanilla bean contents. Refrigerate until cold. Pour into an ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturers instructions. Freeze.

empty glass

How’s the temperature where you live? Are you baking?
And don’t forget to stop by and visit me for my latest escapade. Stay cool.

Bon appetit!


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  1. Oh yum, I don’t need a baked dessert to satisfy my sugar cravings! Your fresh fruit and white wine dessert looks absolutely divine! I don’t know why but I really like markets where fruit and veg are sold in brown paper bags! lol

  2. Oh, such goodness,
    just what ones dreams about on a summer day!

    The weather here is splendid right now, after a very hot humid beginning, we are enjoying something like New England summer weather. At least how I imagine it to be, blue cloudless sky, temperatures in the low eighties, low humidity.

    Wishing you many beautiful summer days,

  3. Looks yummy El! I’ve been indulging in ice cream on a nightly basis lately. Maine Blueberry is my sin of choice ; )

    I did turn the oven on last night to cook pizzas but mostly my husband has been grilling. Not to hot out this morning but the humidity is brutal!

    The farm has GREAT recipes!

  4. I am simply amazed at the flavours you have picked for the ice-cream. Such wonderful blend and I can only dream of how it taste.

  5. I feel lighter and cooler looking at your ice cool images. I can definitely get behind turning the oven off and staying cool.

  6. Ir’s incredulously hot up here, but I’m still baking. I figure that the oven can’t warm the house that much.

    I’ve done wine drenched cherries before, but not wine drenched peaches. Sounds Yummy!

  7. It’s been over 100 degrees F in the DC area, but I still insisted on baking for my last day at work as a thank you to my friends there. It was definitely a furnace up in here and I would’ve been tempted to make this instead had I seen it in time! It looks so delightfully refreshing.

  8. Beautiful shot and a wonderful luscious and simple dessert; if I told you we get crates of peaches from our orchard weekly and I am going nuts trying to consume them in imaginative ways! it is overwhelming! Thanks to you I can make this! Love the vanilla ice-cream with no eggs too, bet it tastes so pure.

  9. Hope you are staying cool El! I have rarely left my airconditioned bedroom after work! I think the best summer desserts are simple, fruity ones like this. Looks great!

  10. This is a marvelous dessert for hot summer days or nights. I am new to your blog, so I’ve taken a bit of time to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did. I love the food you feature and the recipes you share. I’ll be back often to see what else you’ve been making. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  11. This is such a simple, effective dessert! Stone fruits in season really don’t need a lot of work to taste good and I really like the white wine+peach combo. What type of wine did you use?

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