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Dad’s Peach Ice Cream

"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."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
  • Makes
    3 quarts


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups pureed peaches or nectarines
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, optional


  • In a heavy saucepan, heat milk to 175°. Stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Gradually stir a quarter of the hot mixture into eggs, mixing constantly. Return all to the saucepan, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir for 10-12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160° and the mixture coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat; cool. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cream, fruit, vanilla and almond extract if desired. Add the chilled milk mixture, stirring well.
  • Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.) When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 295 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Dewie
    Jul 22, 2017

    Made this today. Best ice cream recipe I have found. Reminds me of childhood summer memories from a few decades ago. Thank you for sharing this.I had to try it because of the name.Recipe doesn't list cooking temps. Medium for heating milk medium-low after eggs are added. Recommend cooking the 10 minutes or so while stirring.Well worth the effort.

  • judybd
    Jul 12, 2011

    WOW this is REALLY, REALLY Yummy.....I used a soup ladel to transfer the hot mix into the eggs...I'm not left-handed so it was a little tricky...well worth the steps!!!