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Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

July 2, 2016 (Last Updated: April 18, 2020)

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Take advantage of fresh peaches while they are in season. This Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream captures perfect peach flavor. This is a creamy, rich tasting ice cream with bits of peaches throughout. 

A bowlful of Peach Ice Cream.

We can’t grow peaches here. Our winters are too cold. Luckily we have a Peach Man that brings fresh peaches and other fruits to our town. The Peach Man is a fruit stand named…..The Peach Man. 

I don’t even know who the Peach Man is. But every summer the fruit stand opens up and fresh fruit (more than just peaches) are sold. They mainly carry apricots, cherries, and peaches! 

Fresh peaches on a gray board.

We stopped this week and bought peaches. I had to make Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream. It is old fashioned because it is made with a custard, and churned.

There are a lot of great no-churn ice creams out there, but I’ve got to admit….I still love old fashioned churned ice cream!

Homemade peach ice cream with fresh peaches in the background.

How to use fresh peaches when making ice cream

This isn’t my first attempt at making peach ice cream. Last year I cut up a bunch of fresh peaches and dumped them into the ice cream custard and churned away.

It was good…but not great. The fantastic peach flavor was lacking. It was almost like all the fresh peach flavor was just sucked out of the peaches and disappeared.

I knew I needed to try a different approach. The second time I cut up all the peaches and put them into a bowl with a bit of sugar. I let them sit for a couple of hours. The sugar helped release a lot of the juices from the peaches.

When it was time to churn, I strained the liquid off the peaches and added it to the custard. Then during the last couple of minutes of churning, I added the actual peaches.

Can you say PERFECTION???? Yep! All the fresh peach taste and delicious ice cream!

How do you peel a peach?

  • Place 3-4 peaches in a pot of boiling water
  • Remove peaches after 30-45 seconds
  • Place peaches directly into a bowl of ice water
  • Use a paring knife and remove peach peel or skin. 
  • The skin should come right off and not cling to the peach

Can I use frozen peaches?

For this recipe, you will want to use fresh peaches. It’s worth waiting till they are in season. If you are looking for a recipe using frozen peaches, try this homemade peach cobbler.  It can be made with fresh or frozen peaches. 

Chopped fresh peaches in a glass bowl.

Just look at all that liquid! That’s liquid gold! It’s nothing but the juices from fresh peaches and a bit of sugar. So much yummy flavor.

How do you make peach ice cream?

This recipe takes some patience.  You have to cook the custard, let it cool, churn the ice cream, and then freeze the ice cream. You can eat it directly after churning. I just like my ice cream a little more frozen.

The freezing was the hardest part. I kept checking my ice cream to see how it was progressing. It seemed to take forever to go from a “soft serve” ice cream to a “hard serve.” But let me just tell you…it was totally worth it!

I used an ice cream maker to churn this ice cream. Just one little piece of advice I’d offer – make certain your ice cream mixing bowl is fully frozen prior to churning ice cream. Trust me, your ice cream just won’t turn into ice cream unless the bowl is really, really frozen!

The directions for my mixer says to freeze for at least 12 hours. Throw your bowl into the freezer the night before and then you are good to go!

Tips for Making Fresh Peach Ice Cream

  • Use the best fresh peaches you can find
  • Peel peaches by blanching in hot water for a few seconds and then plunge into ice water
  • Chop peaches into small 1/2 inch pieces
  • Sprinkle peaches with granulated sugar. Stir and let sit until sugar is completely dissolved and a peaches have released a large amount of juice.
  • Use juice in the custard
  • Add peach chunks the final few minutes of churning

I also make some other delicious frozen treats – Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Swirl, Orange Sherbet and Lime Sherbet!

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

A blue and white bowl filled with scoops of ice cream.


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Peach ice cream in a blue and white bowl.

Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

Fresh peach ice cream
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 324 kcal


  • 4 whole medium sized fresh peaches (peeled, pitted and chopped.)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 whole large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Place peaches in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and stir. Cove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • In a saucepan, heat 1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup milk and 3/4 cup sugar and salt. Warm over medium heat, stirring often until the sugar has dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks. Take 1 cup of heated cream mixture and pour into whisked eggs. Pour in a slow steady stream while whisking eggs.
  • Pour egg mixture back into remaining cream mixture. Reheat over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes stirring often. You do not want this mixture to boil. Mixture will begin to thicken. You want it to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. An instant read thermometer should read 175-180 F.
  • In a large bowl, pour remaining 1 cup of cream. Place a fine strainer over top. Pour heated custard into strainer.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Strain peaches, reserving liquid.  Mix liquid into cooled custard mixture. 
  • Place custard into an automatic ice cream maker. Follow directions for ice cream maker.
  • During the last 3-5 minutes of churning, add peaches.
  • Remove ice cream and place in freezer.


Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine


Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 84mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 935IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 73mg
Keyword churned ice cream recipe, ice cream, ice cream recipe, peach ice cream
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  • Reply
    December 6, 2019 at 2:55 am

    I am keen to try this however we have a fabulous nectarine tree in our yard. Will it work with nectarines instead?

    • Reply
      December 6, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Hi Jenna,
      I have not tried making this with nectarines. However, peaches and nectarines are interchangeable in so many recipes so I think it should work. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. 🙂

    • Reply
      April 16, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      5 stars
      I made this ice cream recipe and everyone absolutely LOVED IT! SO CREAMY AND DELICIOUS! I added a smidgen of peach brandy to it. Kept it from getting ice hard, but not too soft, either. Just right!

      • Reply
        April 17, 2020 at 6:08 am

        Thanks! And I love the idea of a bit of brandy! 🙂

  • Reply
    September 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    5 stars
    Decadent and delicious! What a treat. I browsed several recipes and picked this one. Haven’t made ice cream for probably 25 years so I knew a made from scratch, no shortcuts, no lite versions was what was required. I did take a cue from some other recipes and added 2 tsp fresh lime juice to brighten the flavor of the peaches and counter some of the heaviness of the cream and eggs. Thank you Kathy for sharing your recipe.

    • Reply
      September 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks! If you’re going to make ice cream, it’s got to be the real thing! Thanks for the tip about the lime juice. I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for leaving a comment! 🙂

  • Reply
    August 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

    How can we make it eggless if have egg allergy?

    • Reply
      August 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Purvi, I’m afraid I don’t have any suggestions to make it eggless. I wish I could be of help, but I’ve only ever made it with eggs.
      Good luck!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2019 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    Ahhh if only I had an ice cream maker! These look fabulous. Homemade ice cream is always the best and worth the extra effort 🙂

    • Reply
      June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      You might have to put one on your wish list! Homemade ice cream is soooo worth it!

  • Reply
    June 25, 2019 at 6:47 am

    5 stars
    I wish Peach Man came to our town! My mouth was watering the entire time I was reading this post. Gotta try this one!

    • Reply
      June 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      We are lucky that he brings his produce to us, otherwise I’d be without delicious fresh peaches!

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    June 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds amazing and so cold and refreshing. I could go for it right now. Think I am heading to the store to get what I need this afternoon. Super excited!!!!

    • Reply
      June 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      You’re in for a treat! Enjoy!!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Shafer
      July 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      What size ice cream maker did you use…2 quart or 4?

      • Reply
        July 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

        I use a 2 quart ice cream maker.

  • Reply
    June 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    5 stars
    Fabulous way to enjoy fresh peaches while they are in season. Delicious ice cream that can surely make any hot day a little bit cooler! Yum.

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