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Fresh Peach Ice Cream

Photo: Rick Lew; Styling: Sara Foster
Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Chill time 8 hrs
Stand time 30 mins
Freeze time 2 hrs
Yield Makes about 1 quart
We flipped for this Fresh Peach Ice Cream in our Test Kitchen--the recipe got our highest rating--because it captures the taste of summer.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 3/4 cups half-and-half
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large peaches, peeled and sliced (about 3 cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon peach preserves

How to Make It

  1. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, and whole egg in a medium bowl. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, and add seeds, pod, and half-and-half to saucepan. Warm over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until mixture begins to steam. Do not boil. Slowly whisk into egg mixture. Return to saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until mixture coats back of a spoon. Whisk in butter and cream. Let cool, and chill 8 hours.

  2. Toss peaches with remaining 1/2 cup sugar and salt; let stand at least 30 minutes in a glass or stainless bowl.

  3. Puree peaches and peach preserves in a blender until well combined but not completely smooth. Combine peach and custard mixtures, and freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

Seasoned in the South: Recipes from Crook's Corner and from Home; Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill, North Carolina