My mom used to always make peach ice cream for the 4th. It’s one of the vivid memories of my childhood. She made the cream concoction and my brother and I were in charge of churning. He would sit on top of it and I would crank it with all my strength.
There are still a few precious jars of last seasons peaches in the country pantry, so I cracked open a jar this past weekend and used this Southern Living Recipe. (Sorry Mom, but your 1970’s recipe needed a little upgrade!)
Since my brother lives 3000 miles away, I thought I would use the Cuisinart ice cream maker which was a wedding gift (no rock salt or cranking needed). All in all, very easy and nothing beats home made ice cream on a hot 4th of July.
Peach Ice Cream
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste*
- 1 cup peeled and coarsely chopped peaches
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and whipping cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
- Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla bean paste. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, cook peaches and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes. Coarsely mash, and let cool 30 minutes. Stir peach mixture into cooled cream mixture.
- Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture, and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat; add pecans, and cook, stirring constantly, 8 to 9 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- Pour chilled cream mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and time may vary.) Before transferring ice cream to an airtight container for further freezing, stir in pecan mixture.
- *Vanilla extract may be substituted.