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White Peach and Bourbon Vanilla Ice-Cream

['1 quart water', '1 1/2 cups (330g) caster (superfine) sugar', '8 medium white peaches (1.2kg)', '2 cups (500ml) milk', '1 cup (250ml) half-and-half', '1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract', '8 egg yolks', '2/3 cup (150g) caster (superfine) sugar, extra', '1/4 cup (60ml) bourbon', '18 store-bought amaretti cookies (65g)', 'crushed to serve']

Place the water and sugar in a large saucepan over high heat, bring to the boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peaches, cover with a round of non-stick baking paper and weigh down with a small plate to submerge. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15–20 minutes or until soft. Drain the peaches, reserving the syrup. Allow to cool slightly before peeling. Refrigerate half the peaches for 1–2 hours or until cold. Cut the remaining peaches in half, discarding the stones, and place in a food processor. Process until smooth and refrigerate until cold.
Place the milk, cream and vanilla in a medium saucepan over high heat and stir until just boiling. Remove from the heat and set aside. Place the egg yolks and extra sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking to combine. Return the mixture to the saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, for 8 minutes or until the custard is thick and coats the back of a spoon. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1–2 hours or until cold.
Add the bourbon and the peach puree to the custard and whisk to combine. Pour into a metal (not glass) brownie pan. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight until set.
Cut the ice-cream into squares. In batches, place the squares in the cleaned food processor and process until smooth. Return the mixture to the tin and freeze for 1 hour or until firm.
Scoop the ice-cream into serving bowls. Drizzle with the reserved peach syrup and sprinkle with the amaretti. Serve with the whole poached peaches.

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