No-Egg Fresh Peach Ice Cream

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Peach Ice Cream

In the summer, there’s just nothing like homemade ice cream to cool you down on a hot afternoon.  And while it is surely much easier to run and buy some, there’s just something about making your own.  It’s a process.  I remember as a kid sitting on the carport at my grandparents’ house with all of my family anxiously waiting for the ice cream to finish freezing.  It was an opportunity to sit and chat.  If we were using the hank crank maker, we kids would take turns sitting on the top of the freezer covered with a beach towel to keep it from moving around.  Eventually we graduated to the electric kind, but somehow that hand-crank version tasted better.  Ice cream flavors back then were usually just vanilla or chocolate, but occasionally my grandfather would make his peppermint ice cream.  And while it might seem different, that is what summer tastes like to me.  I sure to do long from some of that cold, pink ice cream that seemed even colder because of the peppermint.

This isn’t peppermint, but it comes in as a close second.  I found this recipe several years ago in Southern Living Comfort Food: A Delicious Trip Down Memory Lane.  Sometimes you just can’t improve upon perfection and that’s the case with this recipe.  One thing that the recipe calls for that I do differently, is the way to process the peaches.  The recipe says to puree them after blending them with the sugar.  I like to just use a potato masher to get them mashed up a bit but leave some chunks.  I really like to have the chunks of fruit in there.  Feel free to do it either way though.

I want to share something else with you really quickly.  I HATE peeling peaches and other soft flesh fruit.  I started using this technique and it makes all the difference in the world, especially if you’ve got a bunch to peel.  IMG_9620


Start by cutting an x in the end of the peach opposite the stem

peaches in pot

Drop the peaches into boiling water for 45 seconds to 1 minute.  You’ll see the x in the peach start to separate.  The riper the peaches, the quicker that happens.

paches in ice

Remove the peaches from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and plunge them into a bowl of ice water.  Let them sit for about 2 minutes.

peeling peach

Remove them from the ice water and peel back a portion of the peel at the x.  Then just pull the peel away.

peeled peach

There you go!  A nice peeled peach.  No cuts and you didn’t leave half of the peach on the peel.  🙂

No-Egg Fresh Peach Ice Cream
  • 4 large fresh peaches, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups half and half
  1. In a medium bowl combine the chopped peaches and sugar. Stir to combine and refrigerate for about an hour. Once the peaches have chilled for an hour, use a potato masher to mash them up, leaving some chunks.
  2. In another bowl, combine the evaporated milk and pudding mix. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well.
  3. Pour the peaches, pudding mixture, and half and half into the container of a 4 to 6-quart ice cream freezer and mix well. Freeze according to the freezer manufacturer's directions.
  4. Once it is frozen, eat directly from the container or transfer to a container with a lid and freeze for a more solid ice cream.


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  1. Love this recipe and getting my ice cream maker ready right now! I agree on using a potato masher – I like chunks of fruit too. Thanks Stacey.
    ~Donya @A Southern Soul

  2. Jacque SJ says:

    Can you use something other than hal and half? This is an expensive item for me to buy. Thank you for this awesome recipe.

  3. Stella Wilson says:

    Until I married, I thought all homemade ice cream was banana. That’s what my mother always made. When I married 46 years ago, my husbands family only made vanilla. Just can’t stand that bland stuff! Now strawberry? I’ll try to see ifs at good as banana. 🙂

  4. This sounds delicious! My little town in Wisconsin is getting fresh SC peaches in today. Some of them are destined for this ice cream!

  5. This looks wonderfully yummy! Strawberries are my personal favorite, but peaches should do fine. I definitely appreciate your blog! 🙂

  6. This says it makes 4-6 quarts. I have the typical Cuisinart ice cream maker. I think it’s only 1-1 1/2 quarts. How can I adjust this? Thanks.

    • The safest bet would probably be to cut the recipe in half and then only use what the machine will hold. Even at half, you’ll probably have a little extra that you can store in the refrigerator and then freeze in a second batch.

  7. I just found your site and I love the story about the hand cranked wooden ice cream maker. Our’s was a white mountain brand, my parents recieved it as a wedding present in 1955. My dad grew peaches and cherries and we loved that ice cream.

  8. Sherry mcranie says:

    I don’t have an ice cream freezer. Anything else I can use? I’m allergic to eggs, so this sounds wonderful!

  9. Tomi McClain says:

    My ice cream maker is only two quarts; will the recipe work in that size maker?

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