As a child when we spent summers at the lake it was rustic. We’re talking no electricity, outhouse, everything you needed you had to take with you…That rustic! And to be honest there were times that I dreaded having to go out there and camp. It was isolated, it was lonely and if you didn’t take a friend along it could get down right boring! But at other times lovely memories were formed that will last a lifetime.
One of the things we used to do that I remember fondly was make old fashioned ice cream. And as you’ll note above I mentioned no electricity so I’m talking the hand cranked kind. My father did most of the cranking, but my sister and I chipped in here and there. I’m not sure what was worse…The cranking or the waiting? Or maybe it was a little bit of both!
As far as ice cream went there were two basic flavors that we mostly stuck to and that was vanilla and peach. Normally the peach version would be made with canned peaches and I remember thinking as a child “I wonder what that would be like with fresh peaches?” You see I’m a bit of a fruit snob. I like fresh fruit, or dried fruit. Pretty much the only fruit I’ll eat willing out of a can are pineapple and mandarin oranges, but truth be told I prefer those both fresh too, though I can tolerate them in canned form. So the first time I made peach ice cream myself I broke out the fresh peaches!
This ice cream is just perfect for when those peaches are juicy right off the tree! I also like big chunks of frozen peaches in my ice cream, but you can dice them smaller if you want. The peach gives the ice cream a fruity sweet kick, all while being smooth and mellow. When Alexis was smaller this was her favorite all time ice cream. Now it’s chocolate, but hey there’s nothing wrong with chocolate either! 😉
Note: This recipe is designed to fit this ice cream maker. You could easily double or triple it or whatever to fit in a larger machine.
What You’ll Need:
2 large peaches, diced
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1 pint of heavy cream
1 pint of half and half
1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
Chop peaches and place in a bowl with sugar. Let sit until syrup forms. (Note: This usually takes about an hour or so at room temperature, but you can do it in the fridge overnight if you like.)
Add remaining ingredients to the bowl of peaches and stir to mix.
Place mixture in the bowl of ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine’s directions. Once the mixture hits the soft serve stage you can serve immediately or place in the freezer in an airtight container to harden fully.
Notes: You can substitute any fruit for the peaches if you like.