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This Best Peach Ice Cream recipe is everything you’ve been looking for: The perfect peach ice cream recipe to use the best of summer’s bounty.

The Best Peach Ice Cream

I have been blogging for nearly 3 years (um…wait…what?! yowza.) and realized that – in spite of owning an ice cream maker for two of those years – I am yet to bring you an ice cream recipe.

I am sorry. I know that you need ice cream in your life.

You need ice cream to get you through Mondays. You need ice cream to celebrate promotions and birthdays and anniversaries. You need ice cream to help you survive painfully-long Bachelorette finales.

You need ice cream just because it is Wednesday and the sun is shining.

Truth be told, I discovered this peach ice cream recipe a year ago.

Yes, I have been holding out on you. But by the time I realized how amazing this recipe is – that it is truly The Best Peach Ice Cream – it was the end of peach season and it seemed cruel to taunt you with a recipe for which it could be difficult to source ingredients.

And so, instead, I waited patiently for a year to bring you this recipe when you could best appreciate it.

See? Really I’m nicer than I seemed at first.

Peach Ice Cream

The best peach ice cream recipe comes to you courtesy of my friend Kathleen. Long-time readers will remember Kathleen as the source of Brown Sugar Fudge and Kathleen’s Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

Girlfriend knows a killer recipe when she sees one, so when she told me that she had been fiddling with her peach ice recipe to perfection, I knew good things were in store for my tastebuds. And because Kathleen loves this space and my dear readers (that’s you!) as much as I do, she is letting me share the secrets to this recipe with you:

1. Brown sugar. Lots of it. Let the peaches hang out in it before blending. Oh boy, you’ll be glad. (PS: This is not diet ice cream.)

2. Almond extract. Yep, you read that correctly. If you use a good-quality almond extract, you will only need a little bit to give more depth of flavor to your entire batch of ice cream. Consider it that “special something” in this recipe.

3. Heavy cream. Not whole milk. Not half-and-half. Heavy cream. Again, this is not diet ice cream. This is not vegan ice cream. This is “I need some rich, delicious, completely worth the calories ice cream and I need it now” ice cream.

Please just take my word on this one, ok? Make this with the heavy cream, share it with friends (so you don’t eat it all by yourself), and worry about your calorie intake on another day.

I promise, you’re worth it. The best peach ice cream is worth it.

Recipe for the best peach ice cream

4.5 from 11 reviews
The Best Peach Ice Cream
Everything you've been looking for: The perfect peach ice cream recipe to use the best of summer's bounty.
Recipe type: Dessert
Yield: About 1½ quarts
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced peaches (about 5-6 peaches)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, sugars, lemon juice and extracts. Stir to combine and allow to sit for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sugars have dissolved and the peaches are juicy.
  2. Place peach mixture in a blender or food processor and pulse until the peaches are broken down but not totally pureed - some small chunks of peaches are ok. Add in the heavy cream and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or even overnight.
  4. When base is chilled, follow manufacturer's directions for churning in your ice cream maker. Once churned, place in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze for a few hours to harden before serving.

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Betty Vondran

Monday 10th of August 2020

I just stumbled across this recipe (where have I been?) and tried it because the last "Best Southern Peach Ice Cream" I tried tasted like a nice bland vanilla ice cream with some peach pieces in it. No idea why people are saying the almond extract overpowers...people, did you read that you only use 1/4 tsp of it? In the ENTIRE recipe? 2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp extract. Barely more than waving the bottle over the bowl. Secondly - if I am going to indulge in ice cream (and its a rare treat) I want Ice CREAM, not ice milk. (of course I live in WI and we eat frozen custard here so heavy cream AND eggs. As the author says, this is not a diet dessert). This recipe is fabulous.

Jeanne Bragg

Friday 19th of June 2020

This is abolutely THE BEST peach ice cream I have ever had. I did not alter the recipe in any way at all, and cannot wait to make it over and over. It's that almond extract that does the trick. Thanks, Stephie.

Elizabeth Wike

Sunday 18th of August 2019

This ice cream is not good. The almond extract taste overpowers the peaches. It does not have a good peach flavor, just almond and brown sugar. Also there is too much fat from using only cream. Either half and half or some mix of milk and cream would be far better. Find yourself another recipe.


Monday 12th of August 2019

Is it possible to use frozen peaches (thawed) for this recipe? thanks!


Monday 23rd of September 2019

Hi! I have not used frozen peaches for this recipe so I am not sure of the result. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it goes for you!

Dg Vinn

Monday 29th of July 2019

I just made this today. Really awesome peaches this year. This recipe was super easy. I used lt.brown sugar, as recipe didnt specify. It made sense to me. To the people who hated it, you either screwed up, used sub par ingredients, have a poor quality ice cream maker or all the above. This is the best peach ice cream I have ever had.


Thursday 1st of August 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm so glad you loved the recipe.