Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Peach Ice


     Most ice cream contains multiple allergens (dairy, eggs, soy, corn...) The peach ice I describe here consists entirely of fresh peaches, lemon juice and sugar, yet is smooth and luscious. Just be sure to start with totally ripe peaches. 

     The acidity of the lemon juice wakes up the flavor of the peaches; if you're allergic to citrus, experiment with other sour fruit juices.

     4 large, fresh, thoroughly ripe peaches (See Produce in the Glossary)
     fresh squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1/2 c. sugar (or to taste) See Sugar in the Glossary

     First place the container for the peach ice in your freezer. (A warm container could melt some of the ice when you first scoop it into the container.)   

     Peel and seed the peaches. Puree the peaches and lemon juice in a blender. Add the sugar and blend it in too.

     Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Berry-Free, Corn-Free Peach Rhubarb Pie Filling

The peach-rhubarb filling in this pie contained no common allergens and
was delicious. I used wheat flour for the crust as no wheat avoiders were
coming over.  Just remember that a lot of wheat flour contains corn products,
especially if it is bleached and/or enriched. Source your flour carefully.


     An allergy to strawberries is no reason not to enjoy rhubarb, and an allergy to corn is no reason not to make pie filling out of it. Peaches and rhubarb complement each other deliciously, and in my opinion a bit of orange peel accentuates their flavors. If you react to the corn, soy or dairy derivatives that show up in wax used to coat fruit, you can either try to scrub it off the orange or just skip the orange rind.
     Tapioca flour gives this filling just the right amount of thickening without setting off anyone's corn allergy.

     2/3 cup sugar (See Sugar in the Glossary)
     3 Tb. tapioca flour
     2-3/4 cups fresh rhubarb cut into 1/4 inch slices
     2 cups peeled, sliced fresh peaches (See Produce in the Glossary)

     Stir together the sugar, tapioca flour and orange rind. Stir into the rhubarb and peaches. Follow the instructions for filling and baking a nonallergenic pie crust  or just bake the filling  with a crumble on top. Serve chilled.

     Makes enough for one 9-inch pie.