Fresh Peach Ice Cream

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Nothing better than fresh Peaches…

Our PeachesWe have 2 Peach trees in our backyard.  They both produce the sweetest Free Stone Peaches.  Before we moved to San Antonio and had our own peach trees, we’d drive to Fredericksburg, Texas to Vogel Orchards and purchase Vogel Peaches.

This year only one of our peach trees made peaches.  The other lost all it’s blooms during a late freeze.  But we had plenty of peaches and I spent 3 weeks peeling, slicing and freezing them.

All winter long, I have delicious sweet peaches to make all kinds of desserts, but Peach Ice Cream is one of our favorite desserts.

This homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe is by my favorite Chef.  Chef Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen.

After making your own homemade Peach Ice Cream, you’ll always love summertime!

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

by Christopher Kimball

Peach Ice Cream

Published July 1, 1998.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

For our peach ice cream recipe, we found that the preparation of the peaches and syrup was key: Letting the peaches stand for a bit with the sugar, then cooking them gently, then straining them, adding the syrupy juice to the custard before churning, and adding the peaches themselves near the end of churning gave us a smooth, creamy, and very peachy ice cream.

MAKES ABOUT 1 QUART

Both the cooked peaches and the custard mixture must be cooled to 40 degrees before you churn them. Since they are fine in the refrigerator overnight, you may want to prepare them the day before you plan to churn and serve the ice cream. You’ll get the very best results from using in-season, fully ripened peaches, but in a pinch, you can substitute 2 cups IQF (individually quick frozen) sliced peaches and replace the vodka with peach-flavored liqueur. The ice cream is at its peak when eaten within four hours of churning, although covered, it will keep in the freezer for up to two days.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 medium-size ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • pinch table salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vodka

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Stir peaches, lemon juice, a pinch salt, and 1/2 cup sugar in medium-size nonreactive saucepan to combine; let stand until a pool of syrupy liquid accumulates and peaches soften slightly, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

2. Position sieve over medium bowl set in an ice-water bath; set aside. Heat milk, cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in medium-size heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until steam appears, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn off heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar in medium bowl until pale yellow. Stir half the warmed milk mixture into beaten yolk mixture until just blended. Return milk-yolk mixture to saucepan of remaining warmed milk mixture. Heat milk-yolk mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until steam appears, foam subsides, and mixture just begins to thicken (see illustrations below) or instant-read thermometer registers 180 degrees (mixture must not boil or eggs will curdle). Remove from heat, and following step 3 in illustration, immediately strain custard into prepared bowl. Cool custard mixture to room temperature, stir in vanilla, then cover and refrigerate until instant-read thermometer registers 40 degrees, at least 2 and up to 24 hours.

3. Meanwhile, heat softened peaches and their liquid, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat until peaches are tender and flesh has broken down, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl, stir in vodka, and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 and up to 24 hours.

4. Strain chilled peaches, reserving liquid. Stir reserved peach liquid into chilled custard mixture; pour into ice cream machine canister and churn, following manufacturer’s instructions, until mixture is frozen and resembles soft-serve ice cream, 25 to 30 minutes. Add peaches; continue to churn until combined, about 30 seconds longer. Transfer ice cream to airtight container. Freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

STEP-BY-STEP

STEP BY STEP TO SMOOTH CUSTARD

1. During the early stages of cooking, there is a thin layer of foam on top of the custard. 

2. When steam begins to rise from the custard and the foam has almost totally subsided, it is near 180 degrees. 

3. Remove the custard from the heat and pour it through a fine sieve into a bowl placed over an ice-water bath.*Reprinted with permission from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. For more information about this magazine or other publications by America’s Test Kitchen call 800-526-8442. Selected articles and recipes, as well as subscription information, are also available online at www.cooksillustrated.com