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Contest-Winning Peach Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Process: 20min./batch + freezing

Makes

about 3 quarts

When peaches are in season, this recipe is at the top of my list to make. The pureed fruit lends a fresh flavor to the silky-smooth ice cream. You'll have to make it more than once, though, because the first batch never lasts long! -Toni Box Weaver, Alabama

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 medium peaches, peeled and sliced or 4 cups frozen unsweetened peach slices

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat half-and-half to 175°; stir in the sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot cream mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture reaches at least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.
  2. Remove from the heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in whipping cream and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Place peaches in a blender, cover and process until pureed. Stir into the custard. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
  4. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze, stirring before freezing each batch. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer or firm up in the refrigerator freezer for 2-4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 306 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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