"MY DAD was the ice cream maker at our house. We had an old-fashioned freezer that had to be cranked by hand, and he took great delight in turning the handle until the ice cream was just right! With the addition of fresh fruit that he picked in a nearby orchard, this was a very special treat."
When peaches are in season, this recipe is at the top of my list to make. The pureed fruit lends a fresh flavor to the silky-smooth ice cream. You'll have to make it more than once, though, because the first batch never lasts long!
South Carolina is one of the leading producers of peaches. Luckily, we live only 3 miles from a large peach orchard. This ice cream is one of my most popular uses for the luscious fruit. We can hardly wait for the harvest so we can enjoy it.
Adding peaches to a mouthwatering vanilla ice cream recipe I got from my mother-in-law resulted in this fabulous flavor. My boys say it's the greatest and think it tastes best served outdoors under a shade tree!—Lisa Tenbarge, Haubstadt, Indiana
“Our family loves ice cream, and this homemade version is a family favorite,” says Catherine MacRae Lyerly of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “I came up with the recipe when I needed to use up the fruit from our peach trees.”
Peaches are a pleasure eaten plain. But when blended into ice cream, they're incredible. Lighter than commercial brands, this cool concoction is a natural family pleaser. —Florine Bruns, Fredericksburg, TX
When our kitchen crafters dished up Helen Banycky's ice cream, they were struck by its refreshingly real flavor—and by how the shape of the scoops suggested actual peaches. To expand that look, they rolled the scoops in gelatin for a fuzzy appearance. "They do resemble peaches," Helen, who's from Carterville, Illinois, told us after we shared what our cooks had one. "I'll have to try that trick, too!"—Helen Banycky, Carterville, Illinois
With the whirl of a blender, this yummy summer treat is ready in no time at all! Vanilla ice cream gets dressed up with peaches, cinnamon and vanilla for a cool, refreshing dessert.—Donna Jo Cuddy, Gainesville, Georgia