Country Peach Ice Cream

Recently Ben and I decided to explore a farmer’s market in our area.  I have been wanting to go for ages, but this particular market is on Friday evenings and up until now, I have almost always had something else planned.  We finally went and much to my disappointment, it was a major bust.  There were literally only two stands!!!  There were several more set up but they were vacant – maybe they normally have a better turnout?  Even though it was disappointing in that regard, I did get some wonderful produce.  I bought blueberries, corn on the cob, and these gorgeous peaches.  All of them were much better than anything I could find in the grocery store.  I decided the peaches would be perfect for my next ice cream endeavor, and they really were!  Ben and I both agreed that this is much better than any store-bought peach ice cream we have had.

The ice cream itself has a very mild peach flavor.  Most of the “peachiness” of this ice cream is in the actual fruit chunks.  You could easily increase the peach flavor by adding the juices from the reserved peaches to the custard mixture before churning.  However, I thought this mild peach flavor was perfect – just like peaches and cream. 

Country Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients:

4 large, ripe peaches, peeled, halved, pitted and chopped into small chunks

1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

½ cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp.

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 ½ cups heavy cream

4 large egg yolks

pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Put half of the peaches in a bowl and mash slightly with a fork.  Sprinkle with the lemon juice and the 2 tablespoons sugar and toss to combine.  Cover and refrigerate.

 

In a heavy 2-qt. saucepan, combine the milk, 1 cup of the cream, and the remaining peaches.  Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, 4-5 minutes.  Do not let boil.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing on the peaches with the back of a spoon.  Discard the solids.

 

Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks, ½ cup sugar, salt, and remaining ½ cup cream in a bowl.  Whisk until the mixture is smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.

 

Gradually whisk about ½ cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture until smooth.  Pour the egg and milk mixtures into the saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 4-6 minutes.  Do not let the custard boil.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.  Add the vanilla and stir to combine. 

 

Place the bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice cubes and water.  Stir occasionally until cool.  Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

 

Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  When the ice cream is frozen to the consistency of soft serve, transfer to an air-tight container and fold in the reserved peaches.  Cover and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 3 days before serving.

Source: adapted from Williams Sonoma Ice Cream by Mary Goodbody, Free Press, 2003.

16 Responses

  1. mmmmm i love peaches n cream! you gotta stop making ice cream, you’re making me sad that i don’t have one 😦 sorry you were disappointed w/your farmer’s market. the one here in dallas is great but i was disappointed that they weren’t much cheaper than the supermarket. great selection, though.

  2. Looks beautiful and refreshing. Peach really lends itself to ice cream well, hence it’s no wonder peaches and cream is such a popular dessert!

  3. There’s nothing like fresh peaches… especially in ice cream.

  4. YUMMY!! Peach ice cream is my FAVORITE!!!

  5. Your killingme with this!! i can taste it just looking at the picture!! i told my husband we need a new ice cream maker!

  6. I have been trying to avoid making ice cream so much, but having a huge bowl of pecahes at home, and now this post…I don’t think I can resist! Looks great!

  7. Wow, what a great summery ice cream flavor. I don’t know about you but I can’t ever seem to find store bought peach ice cream anyways!

  8. Love peach ice cream! This looks so delicious – can you send some over for my lunch hour today :)?

  9. Mmm that sounds so light and refreshing! I bet it tasted fabulous!

  10. Looks great! My grandkids and I make ice cream quite often and I’ve been using skim milk and fat free half and half with great results. Not as fattening so we can enjoy lots more yummy treat!

  11. It looks so creamy and fresh! What a great idea!

  12. What gorgeous looking ice cream! Beautiful!

  13. I just made this last night and it was perfect!

  14. I’m about to make this so I’ll tell you how it goes, but here’s a quick hint to all who read this: I put my mixture in an ice water bath (a bowl within a big bowl of ice water) and refrigerate it. It’s ready in an hour.

  15. Annie-
    How much ice cream does this make? I’m going to make it tonight, using my KitchenAid ice cream maker. Can’t wait!

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