Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rosy Peach Ice Cream

With 17 homegrown peaches ready to use from my dwarf peach tree and relief needed from Oklahoma summer heat, peach ice cream was in order. The tree is a Belle of Georgia purchased at Home Depot last year.

Here it is in a side-by-side shot to show the size difference of the tree: after I planted it last year is on the right and this year is on the left. It was difficult to get an accurate comparison photo, with cucumber vines all over the trunk, but the growth of that little tree is amazing.

When the peaches reached that gorgeous rosy peach color but still weren't soft, I picked them (fear of birds!) and put them into a paper sack to finish ripening. I left them in the sack a day or two too long, because when I peeled them they were very soft, and the insides were almost red, with crimson juice rolling down my wrists and onto the counter as I peeled them. This juice made for a beautifully tinted ice cream.

With Greek yogurt in addition to milk and cream, the flavor reminded me of my favorite frozen yogurt from Berri Licious, a local organic live culture frozen yogurt parlor.

Rosy Peach Ice Cream

1-1/2 lbs ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk
tiny pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine peaches and water  in medium saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until peaches are soft and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat; mix in sugar and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Add peach mixture to food processor with remaining ingredients and process briefly. Chill in refrigerator, then transfer to ice cream maker and freeze.
Ice cream was "posed" in a depression era amethyst Newport Hairpin cream soup bowl by Hazel Atlas, circa 1930s.

I linked up to Roz's Fresh Food Friday.


  1. Oh. My. That looks SO delicious! I must find good peaches in Washington State!

  2. What a wonderful recipe. How awesome that you used peaches from your yard. I love that! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. Yum!

    I moved from Tulsa a year ago. As a Chicago girl, I dreading moving to OK. Now, I want to retire there...miss it every day :)

  4. I'm so glad you visited, Nicole, because now I've discovered your blog.

    I miss Tulsa too (I grew up just south of it) and often request it as a "vacation" destination, all of 100 miles away :) I think it's a beautiful town.

  5. I just found your blog and now following you! I love your peach ice cream recipe! Aren't the peaches wonderful this year? I'd like to invite you to stop over to my blog and share this and any other recipe over on my weekend foodie blog hop. I feature 8 blogs each week so I hope you can join in!

  6. I love the idea of dwarf fruit trees, and wow does yours look like it's thriving. Looks like the peaches made some great ice cream too.

  7. I started salivating when I read about the peach juice rolling down your wrists. Those peaches on your tree look stunning.

  8. PS: FYI, I just read, a few days ago, about a way I'd never heard of to ripen peaches: http://www.tallcloverfarm.com/

  9. Thank you for that link! I loved his post and will never squeeze a peach again! Now I can buy those hard but pretty peaches and have them ripen into "sugar bombs". ;)


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