by Texas Homesteader ~
RancherMan’s a huge ice cream fan. He would eat it every day if he could. LOL
I wanted to make homemade peach ice cream and I had some fresh peaches that needed to be used up before they went bad. So I decided to make his favorite cold sweet treat for him.
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Healthier Ice Cream Alternatives
Since RancherMan loves ice cream so much I try to find ways to give him healthier ‘ice cream’ options more often. Tasty ways such as my Homemade Fudgesicles. Their chocolaty deliciousness has a yogurt base. So they’re filled with healthy probiotics.
I also make a sugar free Ice Cream Substitute using frozen fruit. It’s simple and uses a few frozen bananas for sweetness and maybe a handful of berries. We just blend and enjoy!
But sometimes, ya just want real, honest-to-goodness ice cream!
So I went looking for a simple recipe I could use.
Many Ice Cream Recipes Are Too Complicated
I wanted a recipe that didn’t involve me spending copious amounts of time in the kitchen with many steps. If you’re a regular reader you know – I don’t enjoy cooking! Simple & fast in the kitchen is the way I rock.
Most of the recipes that I found required you to make (and cool) a custard base before continuing on with the ice-cream-making procedures. Too many steps for me – no thanks!
Easier Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Options
I’m looking for an easier recipe. One where you just chunk everything in & go. I can get on board with a recipe like that!
I found this recipe over at My Fearless Kitchen and decided to give it a try. It didn’t require all those steps of first making a custard base.
Easy, Fast AND Delicious?
Soft-serve texture is achieved right out of the ice cream machine, a little firmer texture with an hour or so stint in the freezer. And even firmer with more freezer time.
So if I find the following day that I want to enjoy more of my homemade ice cream, it may be more solidly frozen. But it’s easy to bring it out for a few minutes to soften before serving it up.
The convenience of the recipe is worth this occasional extra step for me!
Simple, Wholesome Ice Cream Ingredients
But I love a recipe that includes only fresh peaches, sugar, cream, milk & vanilla. I’m a big fan of simplicity, aren’t you??
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Making Ice Cream Was Complicated In My Childhood
When I was a kid, homemade ice cream involved a huge ice-cream-making contraption with a small metal insert to hold the ice cream mixture. Crushed ice and rock salt were added between the insert and the outside container.
If you were lucky, you had an electric ice cream maker. You could just plug it in and wait. But the ice cream makers of my childhood were all manual crank.
We’d take turns sitting on the hot porch turning that crank, waiting for what felt like way too long to finally enjoy that homemade ice cream deliciousness!
Because it was so tedious, we didn’t make homemade ice cream often. But when we did it was a treat indeed!
Faster, Less Hands-On Homemade Ice Cream Option
But (for me at least) times have changed. And I think for the better! There are only 2 of us at our home now. RancherMan & I are empty nesters.
So I only need to make about 4 servings of ice cream at a time. Two for us, and two for any guests who may be visiting.
But let’s be honest, there have been many times it’s just all 4 servings for RancherMan and me! LOL
Instead of those old-style ice cream makers of my past, I now have a *Cuisinart 2-Qt Ice Cream Maker. I’m not gonna lie, this surely makes homemade ice cream easy.
The abbreviated instructions for those who like to see the steps before undertaking the recipe:
Peel, chop and/or mash fruit.
Add sugar, salt & milk, stir.
Add cream & stir.
Pour into frozen Ice Cream Maker Insert,
Push button and walk away for about 15 minutes.
Yep, that’s right. Simple, fast and easy in the kitchen is my wheelhouse, y’all.
How To Prepare Fruit For Ice Cream
Although you can use other fruit instead, I’m making peach ice cream today. So I peeled the peaches and then used my *Ninja Chopper to chop them pretty finely.
I reserved a couple of slices of fruit to chop a little more coarsely so I could have small bits of peaches in my ice cream. But for the most part I wanted almost a puree.
That’s because I enjoy small pieces of peach in my ice cream but chunks of fruit will freeze harder than a puree does. But chunky or smooth, it’s totally your choice!
Homemade Ice Cream Using An Ice Cream Maker
When all was combined I brought out my *Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. The inner bowl had been placed in the freezer a couple of days ago. So it’s all ready to go.
The beauty of this ice cream maker is that since the bowl is already frozen, homemade ice cream is only 15-20 easy hands-off minutes away!
Using A Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
So now I bring the frozen bowl from the deep freeze and place it into the machine. I added the stirring insert and lid.
Then before adding the ice cream mixture I flipped on the machine and the insert began to turn. Then the ice cream mixture was poured through the hole in the lid.
As it turns, the stirring attachment scrapes the colder mixture from the sides of the bowl and blends it back into the less-frozen mixture in the middle. In about 15-20 minutes we had soft serve. It’s delicious!
Firm Ice Cream Or Soft Serve?
If desired I can transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for an hour or two to allow it to freeze a little more solidly. But much after a couple of hours in the freezer & your ice cream may freeze a little too solidly to scoop easily.
So if you’re enjoying your leftover ice cream the next day you might want to bring it out of the freezer and set it on the counter for a few minutes for easier scooping.
Personally we love the texture of the soft-serve homemade ice cream. It’s thick enough to scoop easily & still hold its form. The ice cream was delicious – and homemade! So, so easy.
Heck it’s so easy that I can start the ice cream maker when we sit down for supper and it will be ready for me to serve this homemade ice cream dessert by the time we’re through eating! How’s that for in-your-face easy?
Different Homemade Ice Cream Flavor Options
You can also make this ice cream using different fresh fruits. I’ve even heard of people using frozen packaged (and thawed) fruit instead of fresh. As long as you have 2 cups worth, you’re golden.
Strawberry flavor is a delicious way to use up those fresh strawberries of spring. And I’ve made this ice cream with nectarines too when they needed to be used before becoming too ripe. All good.
Soon I may try making this ice cream with blueberries – they’re my favorite berry. I’m anxious to see how it turns out. Of course I’ll share with you when I give it a go.
And there’s a list below of fun dessert toppings that are easy for me to whip up if I’m a mind to. Be sure to check that list out as well.
But here’s the recipe I use for my homemade Peach Ice Cream. It was delicious, sweet and creamy. A wonderful cold dessert on a hot Texas summer day. Feel free to substitute another fruit for the peaches if you wish.
Did you make this ice cream? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
Homemade Peach Ice Cream
This Homemade Peach Ice Cream recipe doesn't require the extra step of making a custard. You can prepare the mixture in 10 minutes and your ice cream mixture is ready to make into that delicious homemade ice cream you crave. Simple, fast, easy. #TexasHomesteader
- 3 medium peaches pitted and peeled (approx 2 cups)
- 1¼ cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔+ cup granulated sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Peel, remove the pits and roughly chunk up fresh peaches.
Place peach chunks into a food chopper & pulse until the desired consistency is reached. (Smaller pieces are easier to eat when frozen than larger pieces.) Set aside.
In a medium bowl or using KitchenAid, whisk the sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the cream and whisk again.
Carefully add the chopped fruit and stir to blend completely.
Set up your ice cream maker, and add the ice cream mix according to the manufacturer's directions.
(For my Cuisinart counter top model, I add frozen ice cream insert and stirring attachment and lid. I turn on the ice cream maker to begin it turning, then pour my ice cream mix through the hole in the lid.)
Allow mixture to churn until the ice cream freezes and thickens to the desired consistency
(for my Cuisinart it's about 15-20 minutes).
Enjoy immediately. Transfer remainder of your homemade ice cream to a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer.
NOTE: This results in a soft-serve consistency ice cream. But if you desire a more firm consistency the ice cream will freeze harder with 1-2 hours in the freezer.
Overnight freezing may make ice cream freeze even harder. In that case it's sometimes helpful to bring it from the freezer and set on the counter for a few minutes for easiest scooping.
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