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Georgia Peach Ice Cream

Well these georgia peaches
Son they know their way around
They can take your money, son before you get sight of town
Well they talk a little funny, but they look so fine
Nine out of ten of them gonna sell you a dime
I think they’re cute, think they’re cute as they can be
Talkin’ about a funny talkin’, honk-tonking georgia peach

Well, peaches, peaches
Love them georgia peaches
Well, peaches, peaches
Love them georgia peaches

Excerpt from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Georgia Peaches

Yes, I know that me and the boys from the band were not talking about the same kind of peaches, but I could not help myself and kept humming the tune while peeling the fruit to make this ice cream.

When I got to the farmer’s market this morning and found a bounty of gloriously fragrant and yellow Georgia peaches, I knew some would end up in a cake, some cut up on my salad and some would turn out into an ice cream. It has been so hot and humid the past few days, we keep filling up on frozen fruits and icy cold smoothies while the ice cream machine is dying from boredom. I just was not that inspired until this morning. Oh sure, I could whip up some of our favorites again, but we are craving light, fresh and if possible incredibly tasty and there is nothing fitting the description better than a Georgia peach.

There is not much to add, other than giving you the recipe, and urging you to make it with fresh fruit and not frozen or canned are we are here in the US in full peach season. The base is a light custard and a little lemon juice or crystallized ginger can really perk it up.

Peach Ice Cream, adapted from Cuisine at Home (thanks Lisa for my birthday present!)

Makes 5 cups

2 cups fresh peaches, skinned, pitted and diced
1/4 sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split in half or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Macerate the peaches with the lemon juice in a saucepan with the lemon juice and sugar for about 10 minutes or until syrupy. Simmer over medium heat until the peaches are soft for about 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and pale. In the meantime, heat the milk, cream and vanilla bean until steam rises. Gradually add the hot cream to the egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent them from scrambling. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cream coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 8 minutes.
Strain the cream and let cool completely. Stir in the peaches. At that point I used an hand-held mixer to puree some of the peaches and leave chunks into the base. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maer according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a container and freeze until firm.

It is so good that I am taking it to Meeta’s Monthly Mingle. She is on a well deserved vacation, so check back after the 7th of July for a cold and creamy ice cream round-up.

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Rosa's Yummy Yums July 2, 2007 um 7:54 am

This ice cream looks fantastic! Peaches are always delicious and such a dessert can only taste incredibly fine!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 2, 2007 um 9:50 am

The best peach ice cream I ever had was made and served to guests by a young couple on their wedding day. Their reception was an all-day affair, outdoors, with games and naps and talking and singing. And peaches and peach ice cream. It was a joyous celebration!

Warda July 2, 2007 um 11:25 am

I had a couple of weeks ago a frozen peach yogurt and it was to incredibly delicous. Now you bring this amazing looking peach ice cream and all I want to do, except moving in your neighborhood, is to by an ice cream machine.

Mallow July 2, 2007 um 12:54 pm

i just ate the most incredible nectarines yesterday and instantly thought "Ice Cream"! But now you have me thinking – peaches and nectarines – I can never choose…

Nora B. July 2, 2007 um 1:08 pm

Oh Helen, how could you make me feel so jealous with all this talk about peaches! We are soooo far from peach season down under. I recall that the best peaches I’ve ever had were "tree ripen peaches" I bought from an organic market in Michigan. I don’t know where they came from but I swear that I went to heaven when I had the first bite. I had two everyday till peach season was over.

Cheryl July 2, 2007 um 1:54 pm

I love a good peach ice cream. Just a lovely light summery taste.

Stella July 2, 2007 um 2:56 pm

Wow, wow & re-wow! The photo looks irresistible & I’m sure the ice cream is in reality too!

Big Boys Oven July 2, 2007 um 4:00 pm

Now you got my saliva dripping out from my mouth………

Lis July 2, 2007 um 4:57 pm

Squeeeeeeeeee!!! You made something from the magazine already? hahaha! You so rock! I’m glad you liked it.. and your ice cream looks SO GOOD! I love peaches but I rarely eat them.. we’ll have to get some when I take you to the market this weekend!


MyKitchenInHalfCups July 2, 2007 um 5:00 pm

Oh peaches, Helen I do love the peaches. It is funny the way you say they go into everything because that’s just what I’ve been doing with them. I sometimes think back to when I didn’t put fresh fruit into salad and it seems such a colorless phase.
Make mine with the lemon please.

Anonymous July 2, 2007 um 7:01 pm

What says summer better than peaches and ice cream? It looks delicious and I’m sure was appreciated by all. I did post the hazellnut gelato recipe, so you can keep your ice cream maker busy.

Mercedes July 2, 2007 um 7:36 pm

Oh how perfect. My mom makes this every year, her version is simply peaches, cream, sugar, vanilla, and it’s divine. Yours looks equally good!

Jerry July 2, 2007 um 9:06 pm

Your peach ice cream looks sooo much yummier than the batch I made!

Anonymous July 2, 2007 um 10:28 pm

miam miam, ca sent si bon l’ete. je les attends, les belles peches.

Deborah July 2, 2007 um 11:19 pm

I love peach ice cream, but have never made it before. Yours looks fabulous!!

Cynthia July 3, 2007 um 1:23 am

Great pics Helene. I’ve never had peach ice cream before. Can’t wait to try it at the mingle.

Anonymous July 3, 2007 um 6:23 am

It’s very hard to find good peach ice cream…yours seems perfect…if obly I had an ice cream machine…

Aimée July 3, 2007 um 10:48 am

Oh yes, I have sampled those famous Georgia peaches and I know how good they can be! This is a great use for them, Helen, it looks so refreshing!

Blame It on Paris July 3, 2007 um 1:14 pm

Oh! So many times we made this as children, with our old hand-cranked ice cream maker. (Well, our mother made it; we cranked.) It is so hard to find good peaches anymore. We used to have our own, until the trees died and we couldn’t get more to grow. And there used to be roadside stands, but I never see those anymore. I am craving a bite of your ice cream.

GRANDMA'S RECIPES BOOK July 3, 2007 um 4:08 pm

I sure did enjoy your blog. Saved it to my favorites so I can come back again. I have a recipe page to. Some Greek recipes going up in at this time.
Thanks for making me hungry b.t.w. with the photos. YUMMY ! !


Amanda at Little Foodies July 3, 2007 um 4:39 pm

I wont stop singing that song now. I’ve never had peach ice cream, do you think it would make a journey across the pond?

pramahaphil July 3, 2007 um 4:44 pm

looks yummy

Simon July 3, 2007 um 5:33 pm

The ice cream looks tasty indeed. Thanks for the recipe.

D Herrod July 3, 2007 um 5:36 pm

The ice cream sounds yummy. I have many fond childhood memories of eating homemade peach ice cream at my Grandma’s.

Estelle July 3, 2007 um 8:03 pm

Oh my God that looks good!

Banks,money,loans,credits… July 3, 2007 um 8:44 pm

after seeing this i have to eat something sweet, nice pics too. it is summer and i have to watch on my figure but after seeing this.. trainig can wait 😉

Jann July 3, 2007 um 8:45 pm

This is a wonderful way to enjoy peaches~no juice running down my mouth! I am happy to see lots of foodies getting their ice cream makers out and putting them to work!Memories of summertime~

K and S July 3, 2007 um 10:14 pm

peach ice cream, nutella ravioli! what a great blog you have.

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook July 3, 2007 um 11:15 pm

Ive never had peach ice cream before. It sounds good. I might try this some time.

G-Thug July 4, 2007 um 1:45 am

I love your blog! It is filled with good eats…*thumbs up*

Bozydeco July 4, 2007 um 7:58 pm

Wow, an ice cream recipe that quotes lyrics from Skynyrd. Definitely, will have to try this one!

Peabody July 4, 2007 um 9:55 pm

Yummy. Peach ice cream is sooo good.

Mari July 5, 2007 um 12:26 pm

Oh, I’d give my right arm for some homemade peach ice cream, any peach ice cream for that matter! that is the one thing that I truly miss from the States. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard!

Meeta K. Wolff July 9, 2007 um 7:26 am

Peaches and cream – as in ice cream – is a great summer combination. I can just taste the fruity and smoothy deliciousness! Helene, this looks great!

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kellypea July 15, 2007 um 10:40 pm

Peach ice cream is my mother’s favorite. Every time I see it, I think of her. I can’t wait to make this for her. Absolutely fabulous sounding!

Snow Ball July 19, 2007 um 2:55 pm

Peach Ice Cream sounds so good I’ll have to give it a try…..Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be back to visit your blog.

Madeleine August 7, 2007 um 5:59 pm

Can you recommend an ice cream maker? I’ve been dying to try out some delicious-sounding ice cream recipes but hesitate when it comes to buying. I’m sure you’ve got the down low!

Anonymous August 14, 2007 um 2:35 am

What’s the recipe for those yummy cookie things?

Anonymous August 21, 2007 um 1:34 am

that looks delicious! especially with the cookies. can you give us the recipe for them?

toro March 14, 2008 um 9:56 pm

I live in japan.
I’m gethering about ice cream and dessart.
please link your this saite.

Anonymous June 22, 2008 um 5:02 am

we do have pretty good peaches here. I’m looking forward to making some ice cream this summer… urs looks great.

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