Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Peach ice cream on a summer morning

I was talking to my grandmother the other day, and she mentioned that she had just eaten a peach from her tree. “It was a perfect peach,” she said. The season is almost over in Texas, but it’s just begun here in New York so last Saturday I scooped up a few at the farmers’ market.

While our peaches aren’t as famous as Georgia’s, it’s difficult to find a more sweet, juicy and tangy peach than a Texas peach. And while, yes, we Texans like to brag about many things, peaches are near the top of my list.

My grandmother freezes bag upon bag of her peaches every year, and there are also plenty of peach pies and cobblers made with the harvest. But it’s reached that point in the summer when I no longer want to heat up my apartment by baking—I need my food to be quick and cool. So when it comes to peaches—what I’ve been craving is the soft floral flavor of peach ice cream.

Back home, we had Blue Bell’s Peaches & Homemade Vanilla available by the gallon during the summer months when you needed a taste. But here in New York City, I’ve seen peach sorbet but no peach ice cream. That’s not a problem, however, since homemade ice cream is always better than store bought.

I asked my grandmother for her peach ice cream recipe but she didn’t have one to give me. “Just throw the fruit in like you’d do with any fruit ice cream,” she said. She then shared with me her basic vanilla ice cream recipe, which sounded wonderful but a bit too complex.

I’m a simple person when it comes to my homemade ice cream. I don’t like to use anything but cream, sweetener and flavor. I know that lots of people prefer to make ice cream with eggs, but I’m too lazy and impatient to mess with making a custard. Instead, I just want to throw the ingredients into my ice-cream maker and whip it into something thick and delicious—the faster the better.

I mentioned that I had buttermilk on hand and I asked my grandmother what she thought about my including that with the cream. “That sounds fabulous!” she said. “And I would love some of that though I reckon it doesn’t ship very well.” So, I promised to make her some next time I visited.

I think that super ripe peaches make for the best ice cream. And my favorite way to ripen them is to leave them sitting in a bowl in the window for a couple of days. In the heat, the fruit becomes soft more quickly, plus whenever a breeze comes in through the screen, the air smells of peaches.

When they’re ripe and I’m ready to make ice cream, I peel and quarter them and then toss the peaches with lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar. I place them in the refrigerator to steep overnight, which vastly improves the intensity of the flavor.

In the morning, I mix buttermilk with the cream, add some vanilla and then stir in the peaches. I pour the mix into my ice cream maker and half an hour later, I’m eating fresh peach ice cream for breakfast.

I can't think of a sweeter, cooler way to start a sultry summer day. Can you?

Buttermilk Peach Ice Cream
2 cups cream
1 cup buttermilk
2 pounds (about 6) whole peaches, peeled and sliced, or 2 cups peaches, frozen or canned
3/4 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

Method:
1. Toss peeled and sliced peaches with sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cover, refrigerate and let macerate at least for a couple of hours, preferably overnight or all day.
2. Puree 1 1/2 cups of the peaches (save the rest for mixing in after you make your ice cream), and then mix puree with cream, buttermilk and vanilla.
3. Freeze according to your ice-cream maker’s instructions.
Notes: To peel the peaches, I place them into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, and then transfer them to a bowl filled with ice water to halt the cooking. The skin should rub right off after blanching. If you use canned, you also might want to use less sugar if they were canned in syrup.

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87 comments:

Casasailer said...

You just made my mouth water at the thought of Blue Bell Ice Cream. No matter what type of ice cream I try, the vanilla is always a disapointment. I don't know what Blue Bell puts in their "homestyle vanilla" but it just makes it the best.

Whitney--A Homesick Texan living in Chicago :)

Nola said...

Makin' me hungry again! I have some really ripe Cooper Farms (Fairfield, TX) peaches, how great would that be? I am really lazy, and don't have an ice cream maker; I think I will soften up some Blue Bell homemade vanilla and throw them in....

Mom said...

Grandma will hold you to that peach ice cream.
She and I ate Chambersville peaches when I visited, and they are better warm from the tree than any desert you can make or bake!

Chu This said...

How I miss my Blue Bell ice cream...

shweetpotato said...

OHhh you are a mean mean woman to put that peach ice cream pic where I could see it hehe, oh boy..wish I had a spoon, Carm

Mike said...

No doubt the "tourist factor" has multipled 418X since the late 70's to mid 80's, but Fredericksburg is still the place for us to grab a basket of fresh peaches....

...any ice cream left ????
I didn't think so.

Mike said...

For those aching for Blue Bell,...call Brenham and they'll ship anywhere. We (they) ship to Michigan each Christmas.

It's pricey indeed...but just where are your priorities ????

http://www.bluebell.com/Country_Store/how_to_order.aspx

katie said...

I just made strawberry ice cream but I think I am going to have to make a batch of peach before the summer is out! I just have to find some really delicious local peaches...

talida said...

Ice cream for breakfast sounds divine :)

Katie said...

This looks great and dessert for breakfast anytime sounds good to me!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe you just posted this wonderful recipe. I've been missing Blue Bell and wondering about homemade ice cream without eggs. Thank you, thank you! The ice cream in England just isn't the same as back home.

Amy C Evans said...

lovely. i just ate some buttermilk ice cream in louisville and had the very same conversation with a friend about the buttermilk-over-making-a-custard thing. yours looks DUH-vine! and dang it, i was just at the farmers' market (mississippi grows a fine peach, too!) but was distracted by the 'maters (we planted late). i can smell those peaches on the windowsill right now....and noy, wouldn't that peach ice cream be well on some pie?

Tace said...

a HA! This time I'm not completely starving when reading your blog, and interestingly enough feeling less guilty about the homemade chocolate sorbet I just had for breakfast...considering you had peach ice cream for yours. :) Boy it sounds tasty! My husband and I are huge fans of buttermilk so I bet this is deeeelicious!
I like your melty ice cream photo.

KMAYS said...

My dad made his homemade peach ice cream right before the 4th of July. It's an old Texan recipe passed down from my grandmother. We used some Tennessee peaches that were deliciously ripe, but I love me some Texas peaches more than anything! Last summer I pulled off the road several times between Houston and Dallas to buy bags of peaches.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love that you don't have to cook and cool a custard to make this ice cream. Can't wait for my friends' peach trees to start giving us buckets of fruit...just a few weeks away!

Ginny said...

That is the most gorgeous photograph! Last week was the Parker County (Texas) Peach Festival. I had two pounds of peaches and a huge yen for peach cobbler but I can't bake in my old giant Chambers gas range in my small kitchen during a Texas summer. I ended up baking it in my little toaster oven, and it was the best cobbler I've ever made. Modern science. I guess this week it's time for peach ice cream. Thanks for the delicious-sounding recipe using the buttermilk--it would add just the right tang to cut the cream a little.

Lisa said...

In Texas we had a peach tree in our back yard. It was such a treat to have an abundance of tangy sweet peaches to bite into. They were so juicy and delicious. Sigh! I miss the Blue Bell ice cream too but at least we have some heat going on here now in which to enjoy a cone of our own regional Tillamook ice cream.

Still, those were the days!

Chicken Fried Gourmet said...

add some blueberries to that and you have summer in a bowl :)

Jeff said...

And I will actually be going to the little creamery in Brenham just because I can! Peaches be da best...

cdees39 said...

Are you guys crazy?? Parker county peaches or Freestone county. Only 2 acceptable.

I hate making custard ice cream and just bought a new ice cream maker, so thank you so much for posting this. Of course, my ice cream maker is attached to a KitchenAid mixer that I lusted over and truly don't need.

Shel said...

Ohhh DeLeon's peaches...I so miss them. I like the buttermilk idea too. Hey Whitney, I'm an expat Texan too, and only about a hundred miles out of Chi-Town...and evidently missing Texas as much as you are.

Tom said...

Now you're totally playin' with our emotions!

Chel said...

You're killin' me with the peach ice cream!

I am a Homesick Texan living in GEORGIA, but I still miss the best peach ice cream I've ever had -- from a little shop in Fredericksburg, Tx.

Oh. my. word. I am salivating.

And BTW, your King Ranch Chicken recipe ROCKS! I had misplaced my recipe many years ago, and found your website looking for one. It is now a staple in our house once again!

Thank you for your work here. It's a beautiful thang!

Brilynn said...

This sounds lovely! I have yet to have a fresh ripe peach this year and I need to fix that asap!

Paula said...

Oh, that looks so good! I've yet to have a ripe peach yet this season, and am really looking forward to that first bite!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That ice cream looks delicious! I love peaches and this year they are wonderful...

Cheers,

Rosa

The Öbergs said...

I can't find decent peaches in Sweden to save my life. I miss those rode trips through east texas, stopping on the side of the road to buy a basket of peaches. What a great memory! Thanks Homesick for making me...well... homesick!!! ;-)

Greg said...

Wonderful stuff.

Been peaching it up myself recently - peach salsa - just great with barbecue pork butt.

Greg said...

The Obergs, I'm ex-pat and know how you feel. Happy say I'll be Stateside again before too long.

Maybe you should consider a trip back home.

mrsb said...

Blue Bell! Ohhhh, now I am homesick!
Hubby and I have been talking about getting an ice cream maker, this just puts me over the top. Can't wait to try out this recipe!!

Kris
A Texas girl at heart, living in NJ

DivaDog said...

Blue Bell ice cream! Texas peaches! You are most definitely killing me here. NJ has decent peaches but nothing like those from Texas. One of my very fondest memories of visiting my grandparents in east Texas was on hot summer Sundays when we would come home from church and my dad and uncles would churn up a batch of homemade ice cream (almost always vanilla or peach). My job was to be the one who sat on the freezer so that it would hold still while they were cranking. The whole freezer would then be covered with blankets and set in a cool spot (hard to find in Aug in east Texas) to cure. Meanwhile the women folk would be cooking a big ol' meal. We would normally eat around 2:00 in the afternoon. The rest of the afternoon was spent with the adults napping and my brothers and cousins and I climbing the magnolia tree or sneaking up to the pool hall where we would lift each other up to take a peak at what they were doing in there (we only got caught once). The very best part was that we would have ice cream for dinner! No "real food" just a huge bowl of peach ice cream. Sometimes blackberry cobbler would be subsituted and that's where the blue bell ice cream came in. Ice cream for dinner -- truly what children's memories are made of. Thank you for taking me back to those days. Are Texans the only ones who are this nostalgic???

S for Kitchen Confit said...

I would guess it is hard to find peach ice cream in the store in New York City. Your ice cream looks sublime.

tracy said...

Luckily I had a peach on my desk! I was saving it for the afternoon, but I ended up eating it while reading your peach ice cream post! Mmmm peaches...

Homesick Texan said...

Casasailer--I know exactly what you mean--it's a highly addictive substance, whatever it is!

Nola--That sounds like a great combination to me!

Mom--Did you recognize that orange bowl? I told you I'd get good use out of it!

Chu This--Yep, so many of us do.

Shweetpotato--Sorry to be such a tease!

Mike--Nope, no ice cream left (what I didn't eat for breakfast ended up being part of my dinner). And thanks for posting the Blue Bell link.

Katie--You definitely need to make peach when they're in season!

Talida--It's a terrific way to start the day!

Katie--Breakfast, lunch, dessert--whenever--it's always good!

Just a plane ride away--As long as you use real cream, it'll have a smooth texture.

Amy C Evans--It would be incredible on pie! Blueberry, peach or even buttermilk!

Tace--I made chocolate sorbet a couple of weeks ago, and did the same thing--goes very well with coffee.

Kmays--Nice--I love old recipes that stay in families. Hold onto it!

Lydia--Yep, it's quick and easy, just the way I like it.

Ginny--Why thank you! And I had no idea you could make cobbler in a toaster oven--I may have to buy one of those!

Lisa--Having a yard is one of the things I miss the most about living in NYC--there's nothing like fresh fruit plucked from the tree.

ChickenFriedGourmet--You bet!

Jeff--Eat a bowl or two for those of us who can't.

CDees39--If you do holiday baking, your Kitchen Aid mixer will be truly appreciated.

Shel--Seems like there's a lot of us missing peaches!

Chel--Thank you! I'm so glad y'all enjoyed the King Ranch casserole--it's one of my favorites, too!

Brilynn--I bet they'll be in season there soon--maybe even by early next week.

Paula--I know--nothing says summer has arrived than that first juicy bite of a peach.

Rosa--Thank you!

The Obergs--That's a shame. Do they not have peaches there or do they just taste bad?

Greg--I love to do that too! I posted a peach/habanero salsa last August, and that was my favorite thing to pair with it.

Msrb--I highly recommend getting an ice-cream maker.

DivaDog--I don't know if Texans are the most nostalgic, but what's cool is that it seems that we share a bunch of memories. What a lovely story--you've just transported me from my beige urban office to a lazy East Texas summer.

S for Kitchen Confit--Yep, I couldn't find any. Sigh.

Tracy--I'm glad you had a peach to keep you company as you read the post!

deceiverofmen said...

wow, that brings back memories of going to Kerrville for fresh Peach (apple in the "fall"!)ice cream and fruit sold by the roadside. mmm

Unfortunately I've got a "kitchenette" in my studio and can't use my ice cream maker for lack of freezer. ::sigh:: Maybe next year.

Anonymous said...

long time lurker...had to post. yum!! i just made peach ice cream a few weeks ago. picked up a bunch just outside fredericksburg on our way home from tubin' the frio river. next time i'll have to try with buttermilk. ah, summers in texas.

Anonymous said...

god how i miss blue bell peaches and cream ice cream...my favorite...i really should get an ice cream maker, this recipe should make up for it.

i am an expat texan living in LA, and i love your blog. fantastic recipes. the spanish rice was great. i made it two nights in a row. one random question.......have you ever tried the wet-dry-wet method of chicken frying (giving it a second dip in the milk/egg after the flour)? it gives it that thick restaurant crust that i never thought i could do at home.

sandy

marina said...

I don't think anyone would consider calling you lazy for not using Grandma's recipe! I've never made ice cream myself, but you make me want to! Cinnamon, peaches and cream...awesome!

Jerry said...

Um yum! There is nothing better than a Fredericksburg peach! Especially when you are picking it. Recipe sounds delicious as usual. Going to go pick me up some peaches and try it this weekend. See ya next week.

Tammy said...

Your blog found it's way to me this morning and I want you to know that I enjoy it very much!

I'm a Ky Gal but I have to live in Ohio now due to a job transfer. We did live 5 years in Texas in the early 90's...reading your blog brings back a lot of wonderful culinary memories!

One thing that I miss are the Colache danish. I'm not sure if I'm spelling that right or not! I've searched your blog but cannot find any reference to it. Could you kindly direct me/us?

We "the family" did a summer jaunt in the "hill country" of TX and stopped at a roadside stand for the best peach ice cream cones in the world!☺

Homesick Texan said...

Deceiver of Men--I know, that's one of the things I miss is fresh fruit on the roadside. And that's awful that you don't have a freezer--I hope you get one soon!

Anon--Texas summers may be hotter than heck, but boy are they good for fruit!

Sandy--If you love ice cream, I highly recommend getting an ice cream maker, it's one of the best purchases I ever made. No, but I do that for my chicken-fried steak. I'll have to try that with my fried chicken!

Marina--Yep, you can't go wrong with cinnamon, peaches and cream!

Jerry--As my mom says, there's nothing better than a peach fresh from the tree, warmed by the sun.

Tammy--Welcome! Here's a recipe for kolaches (it's spelled with a k!). Enjoy!

Kandice said...

Now THAT is what I am talkin' about. Yum!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Homesick Texan I just wanted you to know I am a fellow Texan from Dallas. I made your peach ice cream this evening. It was hotter than heck out today 101 geez and it sounded perfect for the day. We loved it as a matter of fact i am enjoying a bowl as I type. the buttermilk flavor really compliments the ice cream. Next weekend is your fried pies I cant wait. Thank you for the recipe. I feel so bad for you a Texas girl stuck in new york. At least you are recreating the food we all love. wonderful blog girl.

julia said...

i don't have an ice cream maker, but i really really wanted some of this ice cream. so i did some online investigation and found a way to make it with ice, ziplocs and kosher salt. only 10 minutes of "shaking and rotating" netted some amazing ice cream.

we always got our peaches in round mountain, tx, at smith orchard (now wood's orchard) on 281.

sandy-MAKE THE KOLACHES! they're so easy and tasty. i was going to take mine to work but ended up eating them for breakfast for awhile :) of course, i made mine with peaches!

Olivia said...

Oh what is it about Texas, you are all making me miss it! I didn't know how much of it I had in me until I left London and now I'm in NYC I talk about it all the time!

My cousin here said when he was in Tx he had some Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and he said it was just like the homemade back in Guyana.

"Blue Bell the best ice cream in the countryyyyyy...yodelayoo"

Jodie said...

Texas peaches, I've had them in abundance here in Plano TX (from Fairfield TX). I've been longing for some south Texas peaches. We're heading for San Antonio this Thursday and I'll get to visit Fredrickburg for the 1st time on Friday. I'm psyched for some peach pie or ice cream! We'll be hitting a small town for some GOOD BBQ on the way down Thursday. Saturday is my family reunion in Boerne Texas. Will have some great smoked brisket. Sunday we'll relax in downtown SA with a trip to the Buckhorn Saloon. Then sadly head back on Monday to Big D. I'll have some ice cream for you. The Bolner's spanish rice mix is going in the mail to you this week. It rocks and saves a lot of time... and it's yummy too. I've sworn by it for almost 20 years. I was forced to learn to cook Tex-Mex when I moved to Plano.

Jeanine said...

This sounds absolutely fantastic! I think I will give this a try. :) Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia said...

This is one of the many reasons I love your blog - you make ice cream for breakfast!

Uncle Beefy said...

Well, you leave a comment on my blog about Matt which brings me here. Is this a good thing to have discovered your blog? For me? Yes. For my pants? That remains to be seen.

I am in trouble. Oy vey!

Katy said...

According to my fiance, who grew up in Houston, there is no ice cream on earth that is better than Blue Bell. In fact, Blue Bell cookies & cream is the ice cream *he* ate for breakfast for most of his childhood -- but I think this would be a good rival!

deceiverofmen said...

Laughing at katy's cookies n cream comment. When I went to hill country i expressed my disappointment in their selection of boring flavors. "Why no cookies and cream?" The waitress said, "everyone from Texas asks us that!" uh, then maybe you should get that flavor!

Anyway, I cracked and bought a pint of Ben & Jerry's Willie Nelson Peach Cobbler because of this post. Not the same, but it'll have to do for now!

ann said...

Oh god, the only thing that could improve upon this is using one of those Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels they sell at the greenmarket to scoop it up and eat it with. That's always been my grandma's favorite treat; peach ice cream and pretzels.... Salty, sweet, a little tart. So good. I'm so hungry now!

Janna said...

Sounds great!

Sarah said...

As a fellow New Yorker Texas transplant, oh how I miss that Blue Bell peach ice cream. During the summer months, it beats out my fave, cookies and cream. NOBODY does it like Bluebell. It's a shame we can't get it north of the Mason Dixon line.

Water Moon said...

your writing give some poetic feeling to this peach ice cream. When your grand mom telling you she was eating a perfect peach, i can imagine how a perfect peach should taste like.
thanks.

Sara said...

Oh my word, I just found you! Where has your blog been all my life! Thank you for this wonderful blog. I'm a converted subscriber. By the way, After three years in Texas, I just spent six months out before moving back. The margaritas and salsa were calling my name. It's not the same out there!
-Sara
www.dixiegypsy.com

AT said...

I have GOT to get me an ice cream maker. Meanwhile, this is the season for peach cobbler. I need to whip up some with a scoop of Blue Bell homemade vanilla. I usually use canned, but you've inspired me to try to mess with the fresh ones this time. :)

katrina said...

That does it! Your mouthwatering recipe is finally getting me off the sofa and over to the computer to order that ice cream maker! Bliss, and thanks so much.....

April said...

This is great! I just got an ice cream maker and had no idea you don't have to make a custard. I'm definitely going to try this method. We are at the tail end of peach season here in Northern California.

Annie K. Nodes said...

I saw the title of your blog, just the title, and went, "Mmmmmm."

I'm doing this tomorrow! Tomorrow, I tell you!

I can't think of a better breakfast.

Lisa said...

I just bought a big bag of peaches at farmers' market. You've got me wanting to run out and buy an ice-cream machine now!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hey there fellow Texan. Congratulations on the award. I really like your site. I'm from El Paso Texas and, of course, I love Mex-Am food. Hope to talk to you again. Come and visit my site anytime you'd like.

Katrina said...

I just bought peaches at the farmer's market, too. Hmmm. That ice cream looks so good. Do you think it would work with milk and not cream? Obviously, it wouldn't be as creamy and rich. Tempting!

Bee said...

I am in a New Hampshire lake house, and just last night a fellow Texan (also displaced) and I were reminiscing about our grandparents' peach ice cream! It is one of the things that really represents my childhood summer memories.

I look forward to trying your recipe . . . even though I will probably have to use Italian or Egyptian peaches!

Texann said...

Thanks to you and Divadog I just enjoyed a wonderful flashback. I too sat on the hand-crank ice cream maker many a Sunday after church at my grandparents. I closed my eyes and I could hear my dad say "We need more salt!" I can see Mamaw setting the table through the back porch screen door. And I swear I smelled fresh biscuits baking.

Beautiful pictures. What a treat to "hear" your mom chime in! I bet they are all excited that you will visit soon. Ohhh, I cannot wait to hear about your food adventures when you get back!

Thanks again!

Sarah said...

Mmmmm... homemade peach ice cream is one of my Texas favorites. It was always standard fare at the church Fourth of July picnic.

I've been a Texas expat for 10 years now (Boston, Philly and now London), and many of your posts echo my thoughts exactly. I can't believe I've only just found you (via Smitten Kitchen's recent post on huevos rancheros). I too have been trying my darndest to create my Texas favorites (Tex-Mex in particular) in London. It is so difficult here due to lack of ingredients, but I am so happy to have your recipes to help me!

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

ooh ur so mean!! really. right during a 2 week cleansing and purging of all things sweet (except for the vital injection of chocolate due to a monthly visitor), and you post this!

ugh...

maybe i'll send you some Georgia peaches if you send me some apples from this market:
http://www.flanboyanteats.com/uncategorized/i-love-the-big-applein-the-spirit-of-sustainability/

Homesick Texan said...

Kandice--Good stuff, eh?

Mommy's Kitchen--Yay! I'm glad y'all enjoyed the ice cream. It's perfect for this hot weather, isn't it?

Julia--Brilliant! I had no idea you could do that.

Olivia--I hadn't thought of that jingle in years! I love it. And I know, you'd think that since you're in the states now that it would easier to not miss Texas so much, but it's not, is it?

Jodie--What an awesome time of year for a Texas family reunion--sounds like it was a blast!

Jeanine--You're very welcome. Enjoy!

Cynthia--When it's this hot, how can you not have ice cream for breakfast?

Uncle Beefy--Welcome! And skinny jeans are sooo last year.

Katy--That fiance of yours has very good taste!

Deceiverofmen--I know! I don't understand why the only have chocolate and vanilla. Sigh.

Ann--Oh my! I'll have to try that--I'm a big fan of the salty, sweet & tart combo myself.

Janna--Thanks!

Sarah--Nope, no one does. And I wish they'd sell hit here, too.

Walter Moon--Thank you and you're very welcome.

Sara--I know, Texas really is it's own special place.

AT--You use canned peaches? Now that you're close to the source again, you must make them with fresh.

Katrina--Enjoy your maker, I know that I have!

April--Nope, if you use just cream it stays smooth after being in the freezer as well.

Anne--I would assume that a reformed Georgia girl such as yourself would appreciate a bowl of peach ice cream.

Lisa--See the above comment but apparently you don't need an ice cream maker to make ice cream--just a bag, ice and salt.

Teresa--Thanks! I love El Paso and hope to make it out there later this year--such a breathtaking part of Texas.

Katrina--It would be fine with milk, especially if you eat it immediately, but will get pretty icy after a spell in the freezer.

Bee--No native peaches in England? Really? Wow.

Texann--Nice! I love it! Thank *you* for sharing!

Sarah--Welcome! Do you know Mexgrocer.co.uk? They stock a lot of the things I mention.

Bren--Heh--we do have awesome farmer's markets here and I LOVE chocolate mint!

Olivia said...

Nope, I talk about the Lone Star State EVEN more now, and I had no idea how much of my usage/tastes/habits are seen as very Southern here!

onesnap said...

I went peach picking today--thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

kate said...

Oh. dear. g-d.

I *love* peach ice cream! One of my fondest memories when I was growing up in Austin was driving out into the Hill Country towards Fredricksburg with my family each spring (well, late spring, June-ish, which is already summer in TX, but still...) to buy peaches from the roadside stands. That meant several days of peach cobbler, then peach ice cream, then peach jam, then just as many as you could eat with the juice running down your arm.

Oh, I'm so homesick! So sad! There's just nothing like the Texas hill country, is there? And now, I *really* miss my mamma! I'm gonna have to get home soon and get her to make me a cobbler, too!

Anonymous said...

i finally got the coopers farm peaches i've been
looking for, just the right sweetness. so, it will be peach ice cream in day or so. i'm also
going to add some organic vanilla wafer cookies.
and since this will be two batches, the second
may be some amoretto (sic) soaked peaches and
the cookies soaked as well. it will be my version of peach ammoretto freezes crunch.

Lydia said...

How much does this make? My freezer is 6 qt and I would like to make it's fullest capacity.

Homesick Texan said...

Lydia-It makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Amanda said...

Here you are with what I will miss the most! Blue Bell Peaches and Homemade Vanilla is a favorite of mine in the summer months. I will have to give this recipe a try. I am seriously so happy to have found your blog!

buukfairy said...

Okay, I was dealing with the homesickness until you got to peaches. Frozen peaches with ice cream before bed was the treat before bedtime at my Mamaw's. Thanks for the memories and all the great recipes. Now I've got to go get a kleenex.

Il Fornaio said...

I bought buttermilk this weekend for pancakes, and rather than freezing the rest, this recipe popped in my head (along with the slew of frozen white peaches from last summer that fell out of my freezer). Such a delicious recipe, thanks!

M said...

Can't wait to try this out. I recently read that most of this year's Fredericksburg peach crop was wiped out by a late freeze. Bummer. I'll be there in a couple of weeks to escape the Washington rat race.

-Listless Louisianian said...

Aww gosh its amazing how I am not the only onw missing Blue Bell. I am from New Orleans and I miss the taste so much. And the weather here is perfect right now for it....not blistering hot like at home and your ice cream would melt in the trunk before you got home lol.

wyldtxn53 said...

OMG Death by Blog..Ya'll are killing me here. Fresh peach ice cream..best memory: We had left Odessa to spend two weeks with both sets of grandparents; one in Virginia and one in Kentucky. After a day at Virginia Beach fishing we went back to the homestead for a major back yard fish fry..(river bank cornbread ring a bell with anyone) Any way my Aunt and Uncle drove up and yelled that they needed help getting the peaches out of the car trunk and I ran over about the time they opened the trunk and was almost overcome with the smell of fresh juicy ripe peaches-Does that smell mean SUMMER to anyone else? They had couple of baskets full of peaches which we peeled and sliced and then put into the ice cream maker. My cousins and I took turns turning the crank and let me tell you ..after that big dinner of fried fish and cornbead and slaw - that ice cream was mana from heaven. Thanks for the memory! I have had a hard time finding great peaches here in California but I keep trying. If anyone has a great peach cobbler recipe I would love you to share it. I will have to find a way to try this ice cream too.. I have gained 20 pounds just going through the recipes on this dang blog..

Blue Bell Ice Cream..My dad said he invested a lot of time searching for anything that was even close to as good as Blue Bell and he never did!

Lisa too

MamaStephF said...

Lisa, this sounds fantastic. I just made a skillet peach cobbler last night and served it with Blue Bell Homemade vanilla. Simple and perfect. :) Can't wait to try to make homemade peach ice cream your way.
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Mom24 said...

I made this tonight. I admit I was skeptical. I've never made ice cream before that wasn't from a custard. I should not have worried, it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe. I topped it with a blueberry sauce. Magnificent.

Sonja said...

New Yorkers, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory has a delicious peach ice cream if you, like me, are ice cream maker-less (although after looking at this recipe, I really want to buy one!). The newer outpost of BICF in Greenpoint never has the long, pesky lines that trouble the original store in DUMBO.

Danielle said...

I just made this ice cream. It's delicious! I'm from northern Ohio and had never had peach ice cream before. I've been looking for good ways to use summer fruits and vegetables; this is perfect! I can really taste the peach, even before mixing in the excess fruit. Thank you! Great for a hot summer evening.

Anonymous said...

My daddy grows the cooper farms peaches from Fairfield :) we make homemade peach ice cream in our store off of I-45! It's soooo good! It's a pleasure being a peach farmer and providing everybody with fresh fruit for yummy ice cream! Y'all keep buying so we can keep growing! :))

Anonymous said...

I've got some peaches sitting in the fridge with the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon right now waiting to make this recipe for supper. --Ben

Anonymous said...

My granddaughter is entering a homemade ice cream contest next week. She is calling it Peach Priscilla. We needed a base recipe and chose yours - her added ingredient was soft baked ginger spiced cookies crumbled and added at the end with the diced peaches.Her 2 year old sister was licking the dasher and wanting more. We'll let you know how she does next week.

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