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Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

A Bowl of Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

Take advantage of fresh peaches while they are in season. This Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream captures perfect peach flavor.

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!

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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 homemade peach ice cream.


If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below or snap a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

4.34 from 3 votes
Peach ice cream in a blue and white bowl.
Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream
Prep Time
6 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 20 mins

Fresh peach ice cream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: churned ice cream recipe, ice cream, ice cream recipe, peach ice cream
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 324 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  1. Place peaches in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and stir. Cove and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In a large bowl, pour remaining 1 cup of cream. Place a fine strainer over top. Pour heated custard into strainer.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. Strain peaches, reserving liquid.  Mix liquid into cooled custard mixture. 

  9. Place custard into an automatic ice cream maker. Follow directions for ice cream maker.
  10. During the last 3-5 minutes of churning, add peaches.
  11. Remove ice cream and place in freezer.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Peach Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 26g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 18.7%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    July 5, 2016 at 10:25 am

    yum, sounds delightful! I love peaches!

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    July 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Peach is my second favorite fruit, next to mango and this ice cream look so yummy!

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Mango ice cream would be super yummy!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    July 5, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Wow! This peach ice cream looks so delicious. Thank goodness for the “Peach Man” πŸ˜‰

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      The “Peach Man” keeps me loaded with fresh fruit in the summer!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 5, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Oh, you are speaking my kinda language with this peach ice cream, Kathy! And at the end of the day, my favorite ice cream is always the old-fashioned custard style. It took a bit of practice to figure it out, but once you’ve got it down it’s easy to just come up with different flavors on the fly. And adding that peach juice into the custard? Brilliant! Pass me a spoon please? πŸ™‚

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I need to experiment with more flavors. Right now, peach is our favorite!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    July 5, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Peaches are my all time favorite summer fruit – no contest! – and this ice cream looks like sweet peach perfection!

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I haven’t been able to pick just one favorite. I love to sample so many different fruits!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    July 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Girl, you have way more patience than I do. I love the custard approach and this ice cream looks fantasitc!

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Making old fashioned ice cream just helps build willpower! I want it right away, but I am forced to wait πŸ™‚

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 4, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I LOVE peaches like anything. And this peach ice-cream is speaking to me! I have a whole batch of fresh peaches lying in my refrigerator and now I know what I am gonna do with them! πŸ™‚

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Yup! Peach Ice Cream is what you need to make! Enjoy πŸ™‚

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    July 4, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Liquid gold, that’s for sure! Wow, this ice-cream looks delicious! What a perfect way to make use of one of the Summer’s best fruits πŸ™‚ Can never go wrong with ice-cream πŸ™‚ Pinned!

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Peaches are so juicy and that juice has so much flavor.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 4, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Wow Kathy! Peaches are a summer favorite! I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Happy 4th!

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      July 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      This ice cream disappeared quickly in my house. I need to make another batch.

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 2, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Thank goodness for the Peach Man! Grab those peaches while you can- I know that cherries are only in season for a short time, too! My favorite part of the ice cream making process is the ‘soft serve’ stage, before you freeze it. I could eat the entire container of ice cream in one sitting!

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      July 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

      The Peach Man is the best for fresh fruit! I love sampling the soft serve stage….but if I can wait long enough, I love when it’s at the hard stage! πŸ™‚

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