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Peach-Brown Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

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"I saw a staple ingredient in our kitchen transform itself into what I would call liquid gold."

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One day in culinary fundamentals, the first class we take at the Culinary Institute of America, we prepared fresh ravioli that we finished in a sage-brown butter sauce. As we watched our instructor whisk butter on the stove until it browned, I saw a staple ingredient in our kitchen transform itself into what I would call “liquid gold.” With its nutty sweetness, brown butter is perfect for a variety of sweet and savory applications.

Browning Butter

To make brown butter, cut unsalted butter into cubes. Doing this speeds up the melting process. Place the cubes in a heavy-bottomed pot and melt over medium-low heat. The butter will start foaming; this means the water content in the butter is being cooked out, which will concentrate the butter flavor. As this is happening, the milk solids in the butter will sink to the bottom and caramelize, giving this brown butter its signature nutty flavor.

Once you see this caramelization happening, start whisking. This will ensure that the butter won’t burn and the caramelized milk solids are being evenly dispersed. Once the butter has achieved an even brown color and a nutty aroma, pour it into a bowl. Make sure to have a bowl for cooling nearby when you start-- the butter can go from perfectly cooked to burnt in just a matter of seconds!

Half Sheet Parchment Lined Cookie Pan

Brown butter elevates the flavor of sugar cookies with just one extra step! Its nutty flavor pairs perfectly with ripe, summer peaches that I incorporated into vanilla ice cream. Combine peach ice cream and brown butter sugar cookies and you have the perfect ice cream sandwich. I like to roll the sandwiches in chopped pecans for added texture and flavor. Try it out and see what you think!

Peach Brown Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches with nuts


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