Fresh Peach Ice Cream

The kids picked out peaches this week and we decided to make ice cream.  When the weather is warm, who doesn’t like a little ice cream to cool things down?  We have an ice cream maker that we have owned for years, but only recently discovered how easy ice cream can be!  In only a few steps we were ready for a little weeknight ice cream social!

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We adapted a recipe from our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Recipe Booklet for fresh strawberry ice cream and used peaches instead.  This ice cream is best made when peaches are at their peak of freshness – this ice cream is light, sweet and fruity!

Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Makes about 5 cups  (ten 1/2-cup servings)

Ingredients:

1 1/2  cups fresh peaches, pits removed and cut in half

3/4 cup whole milk

2/3 cup granulated sugar

pinch salt

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1.  Put peach halves into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade.  Pulse peaches until rough/finely chopped (depending on preference).  Reserve in bowl.

2.  In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.  Stir in reserved peaches with all the juices.  Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

3.  Turn on your ice cream maker and follow instructions for your maker.  For our Cuisinart ice cream maker that means, pouring the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.  The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture.  If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.  Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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