Peaches are one of the best flavors of summertime. So why not celebrate National Peach Ice Cream Day this year by throwing an ice cream social…or by enjoying this yummy treat all yourself. All you need is an ice cream maker and a saucepan. For tips on making ice cream at home, click here.
Not only are they delicious, peaches are also the ideal snack. Packed full of vitamins like calcium and potassium, experts say peaches are good for the digestive system, heart, and bones. In fact, the peach tree’s nickname is the “tree of life” and peaches are considered a symbol of good luck and longevity in China. All of which means that you don’t have to feel too guilty for turning this fruit into a mouth-watering dessert.
Although an ice cream maker will make your life easier, it is possible to make this recipe by hand. Check out this About.com article to see how to make homemade ice cream, equipment free.
Cook’s Note: If fresh peaches are in season, use them. The perfect ripe peach should give slightly when squeezed and have a deep, profound peachy smell. Want to make this recipe now? Speed up ripening by placing not-quite-ready peaches in a paper bag with a banana. Just remember, if you do use fresh fruit, you’ll need to add some ice to balance the consistency.
- 4 cups frozen peaches, defrosted
- 1 (9.6 oz) can peach nectar
- 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Puree 3 cups of the peaches with peach nectar in a food processor until smooth.
Add the peach puree, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and milk to a medium-size saucepan; stir to combine.
Place 3 Tbsp of the peach mixture in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the liquid and set it aside.
Bring the mixture in the saucepan to a slight simmer over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and scoop a cup of the heated mixture into the bowl with the gelatin.
Stir until dissolved. Stir the gelatin mixture into the rest of the ice cream base and refrigerate overnight. Chop the remaining peaches into 1/4'' pieces. Refrigerate them until you're ready to freeze the ice cream base.
Pour the chilled ice cream base into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, add the chopped peaches and let the machine run until they're distributed throughout. Continue to freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.