This homemade fresh peach ice cream is the perfect treat for those hot summer days! Simple to make and so delicious!
The summer months are hanging on so it will still be peach season for a little while longer.
When the summer temperatures heat up it’s nice to cool off with a delicious homemade fresh peach ice cream!
As a Georgia native, I’m proud to be from the peach state. There is nothing quite like a good old Georgia peach in the middle of summer. Those Georgia peaches taste and smell delicious! When picking peaches at an orchard or at the grocery store it’s important to use your eyes and your nose (just like when you pick strawberries for fresh strawberry pie). If it doesn’t smell like a peach, it probably won’t taste like a peach.
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A Family Tradition
Many of my extended family will gather together in Alabama each July for our family reunion. Different family members bring a variety of snacks and sweets to munch on throughout the day.
But the treat that we’re all waiting for is the homemade ice cream! Early on the morning of the reunion you can hear the whirring of the electric ice cream makers coming from the kitchen. Each ice cream maker is filled with a different flavor. Even though the electric ice cream maker takes less than an hour to churn the mouthwatering dessert, we all have to wait until after lunch to eat any.
Once the ice cream is finished churning, it’s wrapped in old quits and bed spreads to help the ice cream set. Homemade ice cream is more like a soft served ice cream. You really do not want to put it in the freezer or it will become rock hard.
This particular peach recipe is one that my aunt and uncle make each year. They get the best peaches and make an ice cream that is beyond delicious! This homemade fresh peach ice cream is in a completely different league than anything store bought!
When we got back from the reunion, Mark went to work bragging about all the homemade peach ice cream. The next day one of his coworkers brought Mark a bag of peaches that had grown on a peach tree planted in his yard. After all that talk about the yummy peach ice cream, Mark’s coworkers wanted to taste it for themselves!
It was the first time I’d made the recipe with Tennessee peaches, but this homemade fresh peach ice cream is always delicious!
Ingredients For Fresh Peach Ice Cream
Here’s what you need:
- 12 large peaches – peeled and sliced or halved
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 quarts of milk
For my ice cream maker I need about 2 bags of ice and some rock salt.
Peeling Fresh Peaches
Honestly the most difficult part of this recipe is peeling the peaches. There’s no way I could peel a peach with a knife. So instead of using a knife, I use water! It takes a little time but the process is made very simple by following these steps. Peeling peaches is a lot like peeling tomatoes.
How To Peel Fresh Peaches
- Cut an x on the bottom of each peach.
- Put 4 or 5 peaches in a pot of boiling water for 1 minute.
- Remove peaches from boiling water and put them in cold water or ice water.
- Starting at the x cut on the bottom of the peaches you can now easily peel off the peach skins.
Directions For Fresh Peach Ice Cream
- First, mix the peaches and the sugar in a food processor or blender in small batches. Doing this is small batches will ensure everything mixes well and you don’t jam your food processor or blender.
- In a very large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the sour cream.
- Then add the peaches and the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- At this point you will freeze the fresh peach ice cream mixture according to the directions for your ice cream maker.
Tips For Using An Electric Ice Cream Maker
Using an electric ice cream maker might be easier than you think!
The ice cream maker I have is perfect for having friends and family over. It makes 4 quarts of ice cream at a time so there’s plenty to share.
When you add the mixture to the ice cream maker, be sure not to fill it more than 2/3 of the way full. The ice cream mixture will expand upon freezing, and you don’t want to lose any delicious fresh peach ice cream mix (or any other ice cream flavor for that matter!) into the salty ice mixture surrounding it.
It is better to use small chunks of crushed ice in the ice cream maker than larger chunks. The smaller chunks of ice allow the motor to spin more easily.
You may need to add more ice and rock salt as the ice cream maker continues to churn.
The more you use it the easier it will become!
Tips For Making Fresh Peach Ice Cream
- When in doubt always add extra peaches! There has never been a time in my life when I thought something was too “peachy”.
- Use peaches that are ripe but firm. Your ice cream will be as good as your peaches are. If you use peaches that aren’t quite ripe yet or peaches that are a little past their prime it will affect the taste and consistency of your ice cream.
- The fresh peach ice cream mix can be made a day ahead and chilled in the refrigerator overnight. If the mix sits overnight it will only add flavor to the ice cream.
- If you make the mix the night before, it would be best to leave the milk out of the mixture until you’re ready to make the ice cream.
- If you would like a richer flavor you can use 1 quart of half and half and 1 quart of milk.
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- 12 large peaches, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 quarts milk
- Mix peaches and sugar in a food processor or blender in small batches.
- In a very large bowl mix together sweetened condensed milk and sour cream.
- Add peaches and remaining ingredients.
- Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 196Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 35gProtein: 5g