Okay, so I had four very iffy peaches. You know what I mean…very soft, not rotten, but pretty soft. In fact, they were so soft the peel came right off.
I love fresh peach ice cream. The last time I made it, I had chunks of peaches in the mix. It did not work. After I froze the ice cream, each piece of fresh peach turned into a tooth chipping chunk of ice. I’m not kidding. It was like peach ice cubes mixed in with quite possibly the best vanilla ice cream in the world. We had to pick out the peach chunks to eat the ice cream.
This time, I pureed the peaches in my handy, dandy Bullet. It was so smooth and so peachy I wanted to crack open a bottle of champagne and make Bellinis. I’m not sure why I didn’t.
Here is the recipe I made in my Cuisinart counter top ice cream maker. After I made the soft serve style ice cream, I packed it in a sherbet container I had saved and popped it into the freezer for a couple of hours. Just a few hours in the freezer makes all the difference in the world when you make homemade ice cream.
Fresh Peach Ice Cream
2 cups pureed peaches (four peaches peeled and pureed in a blender)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons peach schnapps
1 pinch of kosher salt
1 cup of half and half
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, by hand, until the sugar dissolves. Pour into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the instructions for your machine. When it is done, transfer the soft ice cream to a plastic container with a lid, and pop it into the freezer. You can actually eat the ice cream right away, but it will melt extremely fast. It really is better after sitting in the freezer for a couple of hours. This makes about 1 quart of ice cream. Enjoy!
I wanted some cute pictures so I tried a few different shots of the ice cream on some table cloths I had. A couple of them were old vintage cloths. If you look real close you can see the ice cream diminishing in the bowl….it was melting and I kept taking bites. I decided I needed all the pictures, blurry or not.