Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Fresh Peach Ice Cream Recipe on Brown Eyed Baker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that I eat a lot more candy-filled and chocolate ice cream than I do fruit-based ice creams. However, sometimes there’s nothing better on a sweltering summer day than a few scoops of fresh strawberry or peach ice cream. A few years ago, I made a really fabulous strawberry ice cream, and a couple of months later I added peach to my to-do list. We’ll ignore the fact that it’s been three years and celebrate the fact that it’s made, right?! Peach ice cream just screams summer, and since we’re smack dab in the middle of the season, it seemed like the perfect time to finally churn it up.

Fresh Peach Ice Cream Recipe on Brown Eyed Baker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I mashed together a few different recipes to pull this one together, but it’s primarily a riff on my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe. To accent the creamy vanilla, I macerated chopped peaches in sugar and lemon juice overnight, then whisked the resulting juice into the custard base before churning. When the ice cream is almost done freezing, all of the chopped peaches get thrown in. The sweet peach juice flavors the ice cream in a wonderfully subtle way; that, along with the chunks of peaches throughout makes it feel like spoonfuls of summer in every bite.

While I’ll always gravitate toward the ice creams loaded with chunky candy add-ins, I am in absolute love with how refreshing this ice cream tastes. I’ll be eating it all through the dog days of summer!

Fresh Peach Ice Cream Recipe on Brown Eyed Baker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

One year ago: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake and Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
Two years ago: S’mores Cupcakes
Three years ago: Snickerdoodle Blondies
Four years ago: Chocolate Ice Cream
Five years ago: Hearty Whole Wheat Bread
Six years ago: Bacon, Cheddar and Green Onion Scones

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

A wonderfully creamy ice cream loaded with fresh peaches and natural peach juice.

Ingredients:

1½ to 2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped finely into tiny pieces
¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
4½ teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream, divided
Pinch of salt
6 egg yolks
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Combine the peaches, ½ cup of the sugar and the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Stir well, cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. Warm the milk, remaining ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup of the heavy cream and the salt in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Pour the remaining 1 cup heavy cream into a large bowl and place a fine-mesh sieve on top. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Slowly pour the warmed milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan.

4. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly with a rubber spatula, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula, a few minutes. The mixture should register 170 to 175 degrees F on an instant-read digital thermometer.

5. Pour the custard through the fine-mesh sieve and stir it into the cream. Stir in the vanilla extract and place the bowl over an ice bath. Stir occasionally, until the mixture is cool. Cover and transfer the custard to the refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 8 hours or overnight.

6. When ready to churn the ice cream, place a fine-mesh sieve over the bowl with the custard and pour the peaches into the sieve, allowing the accumulated juice to strain into the custard. Whisk the juice into the custard and set the peaches aside. Freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions, adding the peaches when the churning is about three-quarters complete. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer.

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46 Responses to “Fresh Peach Ice Cream”

  1. Nikki on July 11, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I love peach ice cream. I have a sensitivity to the raw fruit, so ice cream is right up my alley.

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  2. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on July 11, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I am currently obsessed with peaches (donut variety, of course) so this is a perfect treat! Great recipe, thank you!

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  3. Marcie on July 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I’m with you – I actually love ice cream with chocolate and/or candy over fruity ones, but when I’m in the mood for fruity, nothing beats it. It’s so refreshing on super hot days without a doubt, and a little chocolate or caramel sauce never hurts, either.

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  4. Tieghan on July 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Love this! It is gorgeous!

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  5. Sarah on July 11, 2013 at 1:11 am

    This does look like summertime in a bowl. Totally delicious.

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  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 11, 2013 at 2:03 am

    You’re the second blogger I know in a week who’s made peach ice cream and I am now officially craving it – I bet it is SO refreshing!

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  7. Ellen on July 11, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Quite possibly the only prettier thing than a fresh peach would be that peach in ice cream form. Everything is better that way:)

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  8. Kate on July 11, 2013 at 5:34 am

    looks great!

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  9. Carrie (The Cake Blog) on July 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Ice cream is my greatest weakness. And this looks positively delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on July 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I am on such a peach kick right now and your peach ice cream will be perfect to satisfy my cravings!!

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  11. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on July 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Peaches are so amazing right now. I bought some white peaches the other day and they’re so juicy and sweet. This ice cream recipe sounds awesome and seems super simple to make too!

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  12. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on July 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Gorgeous, Michelle! I am with you…I’m all about chocolate, caramel, nuts and other goodies in ice cream. But, when I take a break from the goodies in homemade ice cream, I always enjoy the refreshing change with fresh seasonal fruit. Thanks for sharing! Already pinned! xo

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  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on July 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Fresh fruit ice cream like this is sooo fabulous! Looks awesome!

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  14. Moira @ Hearth and Homefront on July 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I’m not usually a fruit ice cream fan either, but this looks delicious. I love the idea of using the juice to flavor the ice cream!

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  15. Teresa on July 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I’ve been craving peach ice cream, but wanted to try to make it at home. This is exactly what I was looking for!

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  16. Jessica on July 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I made peach ice cream a couple days ago, but it turned out a little icy. Wish I had this recipe. I think the extra yolks and cream would have made the difference.

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  17. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on July 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I can only imagine how delicious and refreshing this is. I LOVE peaches so much. I’m really a sucker for anything peach!

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  18. Belinda @themoonblushbaker on July 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The stone fruits in ice cream have me craving summer weather. I love the idea of peaches and ice cream, so why not combine them? Genius!

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  19. kimmie on July 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Sounds awesome and can’t wait to try this. If you can get your hands on some Chambersburg peaches they are the absolute best, so sweet and juicy! Hopefully in the next couple weeks I’ll start seeing them at the roadside stands and McGinnis Sisters Markets.

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  20. Pieliekamais on July 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That looks really good!

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  21. Katie Crosslin on July 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Your photography is beautiful! I love peach ice cream as it reminds when my mom would make it for it us growing up. One question: David Lebovitz often uses a wee bit of alcohol to ensure that fruit mix-ins don’t get too icy. Do you recommend this? My hubby is all about chocolate and won’t eat fruity ice cream much, and so I anticipate having a stash of this for myself and would like for it to stay fresh in the freezer for as long as possible.

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    • Michelle on July 11th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Katie, You could do that; I’d add it in to the peach/sugar/lemon juice mixture. If there are larger chunks they could get icy, but the ice cream itself is quite creamy, not icy at all.

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  22. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on July 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    You have me totally craving peach ice cream! Yummy and so refreshing!

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  23. Lauryn on July 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Oh man, I was browsing your website last week looking for a peach ice cream recipe!!! Now you post it :P haha. I made mine very similar to yours, but mine was a brown sugar peach ice cream. Turned out better than I thought it would. I am sure yours will be much tastier!!!

    Peace.Love.Lauryn

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  24. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on July 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Homemade peach ice cream is the best this time of year!! We always grab some when we hit up the peach stand!

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  25. Shundara@SavyNaturalista on July 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I love fruit ice cream, I am not a fan of fruit pie yuck. I love when summer comes the peaches are at there best..

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  26. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on July 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    In my opinion, chocolate candy-filled ice cream is always better, but your peach ice cream looks fabulous!

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  27. Chineka @ Savor the Baking on July 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This recipe is great for Summer and the peaches are a great Summer fruit. It also seems really easy to make. This is going on my to make list. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven on July 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve been looking for a really yummy-looking peach ice cream recipe—It appears as if I have just found it! Looks great! :D

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  29. Dina on July 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    what’s better than peach ice cream in summer?

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  30. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com on July 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Ohmygosh! I need this in my life!

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  31. amy on July 12, 2013 at 2:06 am

    We’ve been making ice cream this summer and loving it! Fresh peaches are awesome in ice cream. This one sounds superbly creamy… peaches and cream :)

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  32. Sevimin Aşkanasi on July 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

    it looks delicious

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  33. Kathy on July 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This looks so light and refreshing!

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  34. Jamie @lifelovelemons on July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

    nothing likw fresh fruit ice cream in the summer!

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  35. justen on July 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Is the 1½ to 2 pounds before or after the peaches are cut up?

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  36. Nessa on July 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    This looks heavenly!

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  37. Laura Dembowski on July 14, 2013 at 8:47 am

    This ice cream probably has amazing flavor with both the peach juice and peaches. How long does homemade ice cream last? I love making it but am never sure how long it’s good – not that it lasts long anyway :)

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    • Michelle on July 15th, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Hi Laura, I find it’s usually best within 1-2 months.

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  38. Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet on July 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I love peach season! I really need to go peach picking soon. This looks great!

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  39. Courtney on July 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    All of your ice cream recipes are awesome! I have yet to try one that doesn’t taste amazing. I have two suggestions for the future, and they don’t involve chocolate either, but they are delicious – rice pudding ice cream and pb & j ice cream. I’ve had both in some remote ice cream shops in the past and need to rec-create!

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  40. Lucy Handler on July 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Too good , my kids love it. What is amazing about these recipes is that they are only made up of 2 ingredients but that taste is something comparable with the commercial ice creams we buy at ice cream houses.

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  41. Tammy on July 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Love all your recipes. Could I use pineapple to replace the peaches?

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    • Michelle on July 25th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Tammy, I haven’t tried that, but it would probably be good!

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  42. Ice Cream Magic on November 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Good post. This ice cream recipe seems so irresistible. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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