Friday, April 1, 2011

Homemade Georgia Peach Ice Cream

An update on my brother in the Navy: I've heard from my brother several times through email since I last posted. Whew! I was very relieved. Apparently, the Navy has sent a ship to relieve the Kearsarge (I learned this from the news) so the Kearsarge may be heading back to port soon. The ship personnel is great about posting updates via Facebook and I've even had the chance to talk to one of the ombudsmen who help the families of those on board with information. It was good to talk to them. They were calm and reassuring.

Thank you to all of you for your thoughts, prayers and very kind words of support this past week. You can't know how much it means to me to know that you all were thinking and praying for us. It was like getting a big hug every time I thought of you all, which was a lot.

On to the sweet stuff now! I know it's probably still cold where most of you live (it is here, it's snowing right now), but that little taste of summer we had last week up here had me thinking about all the great summertime recipes I want to make. I had some peaches from our tree last year that I froze in Fall on hand too. I usually love making peach cobbler, but I came across a recipe for peach ice cream that got rave reviews, so I changed plans and tried it. Yum! There is nothing like homemade!

Homemade Georgia Peach Ice Cream

2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and chopped

1/2 cup white sugar
1 pint half-and-half cream

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups whole milk, or as needed

Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in batches in a blender or food processor. In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the container to the fill line, about 2 cups. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to freeze the ice cream.

Tips- You can make this ice cream a little sweeter by adding up to 1/2 cup more sugar. Cooling the container first will help the ice cream harden faster

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." -Albert Camus


I Sing In The Kitchen said...

That looks like a peach of a recipe. ;-)
Glad to hear your brother is alright.

CountryDew said...

That looks so good!
Glad your brother is okay.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Hi, thanks for visiting, I Sing in the Kitchen! I appreciate your comments. Please come back again soon.

Anita- thank you. Have a good weekend.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Glad you heard from your brother and that he is OK.
There isn't anything better than homemade peach ice cream. Delicious!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Sweet-thanks! I agree :)

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Oh that's wonderful news! I can imagine how relieved you must be. That's wonderful that you can keep in touch with Facebook.

Now, onto the ice cream, one of my favorite treats. That sounds yummy. And would have been perfect here today since it was almost 80 degrees and bright and sunny. (I know, now you really want to come home!) The bad part about that is I'm still picking ticks off me.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks Debi! Yeah, I remember ticks. Man, we had a lot of them when I was a kid. I guess not much has changed! I found one on my dog last year, but that's all I've seen since I've been in PA.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad your brother is o.k. I know you are so relieved. That ice cream looks heavenly and I bet it is just as good as it looks. My father used to make ice cream all the time when we were younger. That was years ago and he had an old time wooden freezer like you turn. We would pace the floor until it was ready to eat. Peach was one of his favorites, too. I can just taste that ice cream!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks Judy! I am very relieved my brother is ok. I've been through these deployments before with him, but each time is as stressful as the last.

I've always wanted to try a hand crank ice cream maker. I'm looking for a new one, maybe I'll try that kind. Your dad must have made some wonderful ice cream!

Beth said...

Hi there, Mary Ann. I'm sorry to have been out of touch for a while. I'm so glad to know that your brother is doing well---I know that must be a great relief.

And, my goodness, that peach ice cream looks delicious! I have quite a few good memories of homemade ice cream growing up...and this recipe brings back some of those sweet memories. Thank you.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Hi Beth! I agree, ice cream can really bring back memories I think because when we eat it, it creates such a happy time!