This Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe is sure to deliver a mouthful of freshness. Fresh, ripe peaches mixed in a creamy vanilla ice cream base for the perfect taste of summer.
Peaches and cream, they were meant to be, right? Take that up a notch and you’ve got peach ice cream. Just like the Pioneer Woman Homemade Peach Ice Cream recipe this just screams summer. Tastes just like Blue Bell Peachy Peach ice cream!
I’m thinking these 3 go quite well together; Fudgy S’Mores topped with Vanilla Ice Cream with some Dessert Strawberries on the side! A great trio.
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Why You’ll Love This Peach Ice Cream Recipe
- Rich, creamy texture
- Fresh juicy peaches
- Just the right amount of sweetness
- Tastes like summer
- Refreshing on a hot summer day
- Does not require egg yolks
Equipment You’ll Need To Make Ice Cream
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Hand mixer or hand beater or a Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker
- Metal or glass loaf pan
Ingredients for Making Homemade Peach Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups half n half
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean split in half lengthwise
- 2 ripe fresh peaches cut into chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
How to Make Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Once you make this delicious old-fashioned treat, you’ll want to make peach ice cream every day, just to have some fresh and ready when that craving calls your name!
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Servings: 8
- Prep time: 3-4 hours (12 hours if using the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker)
Step 1: Pour 1 cup of the cream into a saucepan and add the sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and then add the vanilla pod to the pot.
Step 2: Warm the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Remove from the heat and add the remaining cream, half n half, and vanilla extract (if using extract).
Step 4: Stir to combine and chill in the refrigerator.
Step 5: When ready to freeze, remove the vanilla pod, add the chopped peaches
Add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Whisk the mixture with a sturdy whisk or hand beaters or blender or food processor then pour into a metal or glass loaf pan… OR
If using a Ninja CREAMi pour the ice cream base mixture into a Ninja container.
Only fill the container up to the max fill line and then freeze overnight.
Step 6: Freeze for 90 minutes and then remove and whisk or beat again until the chunks are broken up.
Step 7: Return to the freezer for 30 minutes and then remove and whisk. Repeat this up to 3 times for a light and fluffy consistency.
Step 8: If using the Ninja CREAMi method, remove it from the freezer and blend on the “ice cream” program.
Ice cream without a machine typically takes 3-4 hours to freeze to a soft-serve consistency.
If you blended using the Ninja CREAMi Ice Cream Maker, it’s ready to enjoy!
If you are using an ice cream maker churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer until ready to serve.
If you want softer ice cream, you can place the dish in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving.
This recipe is so easy and versatile! Feel free to experiment with different fruits, extract flavors, and toppings. The possibilities are endless!
Mmmmm! Look at that drip of peachy creamy deliciousness! Makes me want to make some right now! How about you?
Variations of Peach Ice Cream
- Add fresh mint to the mixture just before serving
- Drizzle with honey
- Top with more fresh fruit
- Use nectarines instead of peaches
- Substitute canned peaches if fresh is not available
- Add some cinnamon to the batter
- Drizzle a touch of food coloring to brighten up the color
There are so many ways to enjoy peach ice cream! Here are a few of my favorites:
-Top it with some fresh berries for a beautiful and summery dessert.
– Add a scoop to your favorite peach pie or cobbler recipe.
– Serve it with grilled peach halves for a fun and easy summertime treat.
– Or just enjoy it on its own! It’s that good.
No matter how you enjoy it, this homemade peach ice cream recipe is sure to be a hit with family and friends. So, what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!
Tips and Tricks
- Get all the ingredients ready before you start
- Place the glass or metal loaf pan in the freezer while you prepare the mixture
- Make sure all the sugar is dissolved so as not to have a grainy texture
Which peaches are best to use for peach ice cream?
The donut peach is considered the sweetest peach which will make for the sweetest peach ice cream flavor. If this variety is hard to come by then use whichever peaches you can find.
It is best to ensure they are ripe so the true, sweet peach flavor comes through. I usually buy my peaches at Ham’s Orchard Farmers Market. Read more about my day trip adventure.
The key to making the best peach ice cream is to use ripe, juicy peaches. I like to use organic peaches when they are in season, but you can use any type of peach you like. If you can find them, white peaches make beautiful and unique ice cream.
Can I use frozen peaches?
Yes, frozen peaches can be used to make fresh peach ice cream. Make sure to cut them into small chunks. Use frozen peaches when fresh peaches are out of season. Or better yet when peach season is in full swing buy a bunch, cut them up, and freeze them so you have to rely on store-bought frozen peaches.
Do I need to peel the peaches?
Peaches have such a fine peel so they don’t need to be peeled before you add them to the ice cream mixture. However, if you would prefer to peel them go right ahead. Either way works well.
What is the best way to get peaches to ripen?
Place the peaches in a brown paper bag. Roll the top of the bag so that is loosely closed. The peaches should ripen more quickly than if they were left on the counter.
What is the best way to store ripe peaches?
Once peaches are ripe it is best to store them in the fridge. Though they aren’t quite as finicky as avocados in terms of ripeness they shouldn’t be left on the counter and risk getting over ripe.
All About Peach Ice Cream and Homemade Ice Cream
Where and when ice cream was invented is uncertain. Some sources say ‘ice-cream-like’ foods date as far back as 550 BC in Persia.
Closer to home, in North America, the first reference of what we today call ice cream was noted in 1744. It is believed that Quaker colonists were the first to introduce ice cream in the United States. Before the refrigerator, as we know it today was developed it was quite the process to produce ice cream. Thankfully today’s modern technology has allowed us to enjoy this special treat with just a simple walk to the refrigerator.
Did you know Peach Ice Cream has its own day on the calendar? Just in time for the peach season, we can all celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17. Make sure you have a batch in the freezer ready to celebrate.
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅛ tsp sea salt fine
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean split in half lengthwise
- 2 fresh peaches chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Pour 1 cup of the cream into a saucepan and add the sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and then add the vanilla pod to the pot.
- Warm the mixture over medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and add the remaining cream, half n half, and vanilla extract (if using extract).
- Stir to combine and chill in the refrigerator.
- When ready to freeze, remove the vanilla pod, add in fresh peaches and lemon juice. Whisk mixture with sturdy whisk or hand beaters and pour into a metal or glass loaf pan.
- Freeze for 90 minutes and then remove and whisk or beat again until the chunks are broken up.
- Return to the freezer for 30 minutes and then remove and whisk.
- Repeat this up to 3 times for a light and fluffy consistency. Ice cream without a machine typically takes 3-4 hours to freeze to a soft-serve consistency.