I could list a thousand reasons why I love summer in the South, but fresh, ripe, Southern-grown peaches rank at the top. As soon as they start appearing at my local farmers’ market, I stock up every week. This year, I splurged on a 25-pound box from The Peach Truck. If that sounds like a lot of peaches, it’s because it is. I’ve eaten my weight in them and, thanks to lots of extra time on my hands, made some really delicious meals, snacks and desserts. And my apartment smells amazing.
For the last few years, July and August have become “peach months,” and at least 75% of the recipes that come out of my kitchen have peaches as the star. This year, I’ve created one recipe that stands out among the rest: Peach Swirl Ice Cream. It has fewer than five ingredients, requires zero churning, tastes like summer, and is perfect for a very important upcoming holiday: National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 19.
You probably already have the two main ingredients in your kitchen right now: heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. Those create the “base” to which you can add almost any flavors you’d like. For my peach swirl ice cream, I divided the base into one-third and two-thirds and added the peach puree to the smaller portion. Then you add alternating spoonfuls of each base to a pan and swirl together with a knife or skewer to make it pretty. The peach base becomes more sherbet-like as it freezes, and it blends deliciously with the creamy vanilla base. The end result is an indulgent treat that’s perfect for porch parties or enjoying by the spoonful while binge-watching your favorite Netflix show (guilty as charged).
National Ice Cream Day is still a week away, which gives you plenty of time to stock up on some peaches and make a batch or two in preparation. Fair warning, though — one batch never lasts longer than a couple of days in my freezer.
- 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ¼ cup peach puree (3-4 medium peaches)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Chill large mixing bowl and beaters of mixer for at least 15 minutes before mixing.
- Slice peaches and puree in a food processor until smooth (no need to peel the peaches).
- Whip cream until almost stiff peaks form. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, and mix until thick and smooth.
- Divide base into a third and two thirds. Add peach puree to the smaller portion and fold until combined.
- Alternate adding spoonfuls of each base to a 9x5 loaf pan or 8x8 dish.
- Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze for 4 hours.
- If serving after longer freeze time, let soften for 10 minutes before scooping.
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