Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe

To celebrate Summer Fest, food writer Charmian Christie and I have decided to swap guests posts on a topic we both love: peaches! And how convenient is it that it just happens to coincide with Summer Fest’s fruit theme? Wow, you’d almost think we planned it this way. 😉

My post for Christie’s Corner talks about making peach freezer jam, one of the easiest possible ways to preserve your lovely summer fruits. Be sure to check it out!

So without further ado, here’s Charmian with a fabulous summer recipe.

We don’t know each other, but I’m Charmian Christie of Christie’s Corner. Like Stephanie, I’m a food writer who loves fresh ingredients and delicious food. Because I know Stephanie is into fresh, gluten-free, healthy recipes, this ice cream is gluten-free and features fresh from the orchard peaches. How healthy is it? Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

Peaches and Cream, the Perfect Summer Combination

Peaches and cream go together in a way I’m sure Nature intended when she was busy creating fruit and bovines. I never, NEVER order peach ice cream at the cone shop for fear of artificial flavours making their way into the mix. As a result, I haven’t had peach ice cream in years.

But I have a $112 ice cream maker sitting in the cupboard just begging to be used and the peaches have begun to roll in. So, with a bounty on hand and a small appliance needing to earn its keep, I made my first ever batch of peach ice cream.

Not bad for a first try. Not bad. I had a barbecue this past weekend and we ate ice-cold scoops of peach ice cream on homemade peach pie. I made the ice cream the night before and while it was good that day of the barbecue, it was even better the day after. Perhaps the peaches had a chance to settle into the cream? Who knows, but it was very, very good.

So if you have fresh, RIPE peaches (not the hard ones that look pretty and have less flavour than the branch they sprung from), this is a simple recipe you will want to pile high in your bowl.

I found the original recipe for this a touch on the icy side. Without eggs it isn’t as silky as French ice cream, so substitute some peach schnapps for 1 tbsp of the water if you have it on hand. Liqueurs soften ice cream, but don’t add too much or it won’t set.

Tempted? If so, put the ice cream drum in the freezer and pinch the peaches until you find the four ripest of the bunch. This is what summer should taste like.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Total time: 
This homemade peach ice cream is the ultimate in creamy, fruity happiness. Peaches and cream are the perfect cure for those hot summer days. Adapted from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop.
  • 4 large very ripe peaches, peeled, cut into chunks (about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup peach juice (or 3 tbsp juice and 1 tbsp peach schnapps)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream (35% fat)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  1. Place the peaches, water, juice and schnapps in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook until the peaches are soft, stirring a few times.
  2. Transfer peaches, along with the liquid, into a non-reactive bowl. Stir in the sugar and let the peach mixture cool, uncovered, to room temperature.
  3. When the peaches have cooled, add the cream, sour cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Puree with an immersion blender until blended but bits of peaches remain.
  4. Cover and chill the mixture thoroughly in the fridge. (You can put in the freezer towards the end to make it extra cold.)
  5. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Eat with gusto.

And that’s all there is to homemade peach ice cream. Thanks for having me guest post, Stephanie. I can’t help but think your peach freezer jam would make a perfect topping for this recipe.

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  1. matt says

    This looks AMAZING! I love the hue of the ice cream, it’s a color you just can’t get unless you’re using peaches… looks delicious!

    I’ve added you to the Summer Fest list on my site, so happy you posted this! thank you!

  2. Kristina says

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe in David’s book because it looks so good! I’ll have to make it soon. Here’s my entry for this week:

    I made it last night and we both loved it!

    • steph says

      I commented on your comment (how dizzying) on Charmian’s blog, but I just have to say again that this looks amazing. Will definitely have to give it a try.

  3. Cheryl Arkison says

    I wish I’d known about the liquor trick when I made roasted peach ice cream last year. It makes a huge difference with fruit ice creams.
    On to this summer!

    • steph says

      It really does do the trick. I was thinking of making a similar recipe with butterscotch schnapps with peaches. I wonder if it would give it a nice little butterscotch bite?

  4. Melanie McMinn says

    Peach ice cream is one of my favourites. I just wish my ice cream maker container got cold enough in my freezer to freeze the ice cream well!

      • Melanie McMinn says

        There is softer ice cream and then there is “Why the hell did I buy this ice cream maker anyway?”

          • Melanie McMinn says

            A sensible suggestion that I’ve tried. It is a small cruddy second-hand Kiwi fridge freezer. T says American fridges are as big as American cars.

            It does well enough for general use, just doesn’t get the ice cream maker insert cold enough.

    • Bobby B Lo says

      Place your freezer container in the back of your freezer (where it is the coldest) and leave for several hours or overnight. Also, put all your ingredients for the ice cream in a stainless steel bowl and place in refrigerator overnight also. It makes a big difference and you will find that the IC maker will solidify the mix in 15-20 minutes.
      Good luck……..
      B L

  5. Piegirl says

    Slurrrrrp! Mmmm….I love peaches. Perfect choice of flavor coz did you know that August is National Peach Month!

  6. Jen @ MaplenCornbread says

    I love peach icecream! Especially made with all the fresh peaches this time of year! yum!!!

    • steph says

      The peaches this time of year really are divine. The imported peaches we get in spring really just don’t cut it!

  7. justcooknyc says

    i’d make this if i could just wait for a batch of yummy summer peaches to get that ripe before eating them all

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