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Classic Peach Ice Cream

Classic Peach Ice Cream

One of my favorite childhood memories is making ice cream with my parents, using fresh, juicy peaches from a local farm. We had an old-fashioned hand-crank ice cream maker so it took a lot of elbow grease, but the end result was so velvety and luscious it was all worth it!

This recipe evokes that creamy, rich nostalgia, but it’s so much easier. My mother used to make a cooked custard as the base for ours, but this achieves the same smooth, rich results with sweetened condensed milk. Here is the mouthwatering summery recipe:


1 1/2 pounds (3 or 4) ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 tablespoon peach brandy or vanilla extract
2 cups half and half, chilled
1 cup low-fat milk, chilled
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, chilled

1. Crush the peaches in a large bowl with a potato masher, to make about 2 cups.

2. Add sugar and brandy or vanilla extract and allow to stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Add cream, milk, and condensed milk and stir to mix. Pour into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to instructions.

Serves 12.

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By Cait Johnson, inspired by Peaches, by Olwen Woodier (Storey Books, 2004).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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6:12PM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

uummmm sounds peachy

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4:33AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:29PM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

TY. Thank you Ashli for teaching an old dog an AWESOME NEW TRICK. It never occured to me to sub silken tofu for condensed milk. GREEN STAR TO YOU MY DEAR!

3:06AM PDT on Mar 21, 2010


10:53AM PDT on Oct 19, 2009

Cruelty Free Ice Cream: Milk is disgusting. Make this recipe with SOY milk and sub silken tofu for condensed milk

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