Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peaches and Cream

For me, the first true sign of summer is the day the ice cream maker trades places with the crock pot, which is what happened last weekend. Recently, I've been eating peaches like they're going out of style, so I opted for peach ice cream for the first go-round. I turned to my ice cream Bible, David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop, for a recipe and found a peach ice cream that was tart yet sweet, subtle and made even more delicious by amaretti cookie crumbles.

Peach Ice Cream
Recipe courtesy of The Perfect Scoop

1 1/3 pounds ripe peaches (about 4 large peaches)
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
A few drops freshly squeezed lemon juice

Peel the peaches, slice them in half, and remove the pits. Cut the peaches into chunks and cook them with the water in a medium, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, covered, stirring once or twice, until soft and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the sugar, then cool to room temperature. Puree the cooked peaches and any liquid in a blender or food processor with the sour cream, heavy cream, vanilla, and lemon juice until almost smooth but slightly chunky. (I pureed mine completely as I'm not a big fan of frozen chunks of fruit.)

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


  1. You made your own ice cream? That's awesome! I wish I could do that! I love peaches too. That looks soo yummy.

  2. the fresh peaches are amazing right now. i can't get enough either. this ice cream looks so good

  3. Homemade icecream!? with fresh peaches!? This sounds soooo good :)

  4. This looks so delicious! I am going to have to make this!

  5. Now that is Peach heaven!!! Just got my hands on a new ice cream maker and can't wait to see what happens! XO

  6. yum, yum, yum! funny we were just talking about getting an ice cream scooper just like that one! :) XO. amy

  7. Mmmm, my goodness, this sounds so incredibly delicious! Is it hard to make your own ice cream? I may need to invest in this! Although...my waistline would be better off if I didn't!

    It's in the mid 80s here in Germany, but for some reason the Germans don't have air conditioners! AH! Why?!

    Thanks for sharing! ♥

  8. this looks delicious! love the color

  9. Oh my this looks delish!

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  10. SHUT UP! i love peach ice cream! I make it each summer with my dad, with the peaches we grow in our back yard! so fun! ♥


  11. That sounds so good! I got my ice cream maker out recently. I made cake batter ice cream... delicious!

  12. good lord. That ice cream is calling to me. I'm going to give this one a shot for Canada Day. Merci!

  13. this looks so yummy! i have been seeing so many great peach, and lemon recipes lately! need to make some of them!


  14. I definitely have to get my own ice cream maker one of these days. That looks heavenly!!

  15. Whoa. That looks all kinds of good! That puts my strawberry pretzel salad (latest post) to shame. I'd say you have definitely achieved your goal of bringing a taste of the south across the country. :)

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  16. Mmmm... this sounds absolutely divine. I just discovered that I actually like peaches!

  17. You're amazing for having the patience to make your own ice cream! I'm not sure I could do it :)

  18. This looks so incredibly delicious!! There's nothing better than a summer peach or ice cream and the two of them combined... yummy!

  19. With peaches in season this is a perfect summer treat! Looks great!



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