How to Make Homemade Peach Ice Cream Without an ice Cream Maker
Using only simple ingredients like sweetened condensed milk and fresh peaches, you can make the freshest, creamiest no-churn ice cream you’ve ever tried—in your own kitchen, no less! These recipes will guide you through the process of creating a delicious homemade peach ice cream with minimal prep time, and major peach flavor. Plus, ways to store your ice cream for maximum freshness.
Easy 4 - Ingredient Peach Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
- sweetened condensed milk
- evaporated milk
- vanilla extract
- canned or frozen peaches (optional: lemon juice).
Prep Your Mixture:
Prepare your fruit mixture by combining the canned or frozen peaches with the vanilla extract. To avoid watering down the flavor, drain the peaches before adding them to the mixture. You can even can add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the peach mixture, to really bring out that peach flavor. Once combined, set aside while preparing your ice cream base.
How to Make a No-Churn Ice Cream Base
- To make your no churn base, combine both milks in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Slowly add in the prepared fruit mixture while continuing to blend until everything is evenly distributed throughout the ice cream mixture.
- Now it's time to freeze. After blending, pour the ice cream base into an airtight container (do make sure the lid seals well, or you’ll get icy ice cream) and place it in the freezer for 4 hours or more, stirring every hour or so to avoid clumps.
- When ready to serve, make sure you thaw thoroughly before trying to scoop. Save yourself the wrist pain and heartbreak.
Cut Prep Time with Ice Cream Mixes
Or, you can cut down prep time and ingredients by using an ice cream mix. You can combine a powdered mix with water or milk, then blend and freeze to create easy, homemade peach ice cream in a blender. Easy recipes like this one are a great resource for anyone trying ice cream mix for the first time.
Using Canned vs Frozen Peaches
When making homemade peach ice cream, you can certainly use fresh, ripe peaches, but by using canned or frozen peaches, you can enjoy it throughout the year—not just during peach season.
Pros & Cons of Using Canned Peaches:
Canned peaches can be more convenient than frozen because they're already pre-cut and peeled for you, saving time on prep work. Canned peaches are also already cooked which makes them softer than fresh ones, however they also tend to be sweeter than their fresh counterparts due to added sugar during processing. While a quick and easy option, the texture of canned peaches can be mushy after being cooked down in the ice cream base and may not provide as much flavor as fresh or frozen peaches.
Pros & Cons of Using Frozen Peaches:
Frozen peaches offer a better texture when cooked down in the ice cream base since they retain their shape better than canned. Less sugar means more control of sweetness, enabling you to adjust the taste as desired. The downside is that it takes longer to prepare them before adding them into the mix - first thawing them out, then cutting and removing any pits if necessary - which adds extra minutes on to your prep time.
Overall, both canned and frozen peaches can make excellent additions to homemade peach ice cream recipes. It all boils down to what you prefer - is it convenience or flavor that's most important? Either one will get the job done nicely with minimal effort.
Making Custard-style Peach Homemade Ice Cream With Eggs
Another version of a classic peach ice cream is a custard-style version that uses eggs. This recipe requires a bit more than the typical three elements, but it's definitely worth trying. To make this delicious treat, you'll need the following.
- vanilla extract
- heavy whipping cream.
- Start by lightly beating your eggs at room temperature in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs together with the flour until a consistent texture is achieved.
- In another bowl, mix together the sugar and salt before slowly adding in the milk and stirring until dissolved.
- Add in the vanilla extract as well for added flavor.
- Heat up your mixture over low heat while constantly stirring until it thickens into a custard consistency.
- Once finished, let cool before transferring to an airtight container or 5-quart freezer canister where they will freeze overnight or longer depending on desired texture of your ice cream base.
3 Ingredient Ice Cream—No Ice Cream Maker Needed
Another way to make easy, homemade peach ice cream, is to use a powdered ice cream mix.
Recipe for Blend-and-Freeze Ice Cream:
- Simply add canned, frozen or fresh peaches to a blender with an ice cream mix, like Hijinx, and hot water (or half & half for creamier results).
- Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Stir in any desired additions like Speculoos cookies, chocolate chips, peach schnapps, or even chopped peaches themselves!
- Then freeze in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
Because an ice cream mix takes care of all the ice cream chemistry that you’d normally need to know while using an ice cream maker, there’s no need to worry about heating, folding in ingredients, or specific timing. Just throw in your ingredients, blend, and freeze. Plus, the prep time is super minimal. It’s about the easiest a dessert recipe can get.
Blend-and-freeze ice cream mixes are a great way to make homemade peach ice cream with minimal time, minimal effort, and maximum confidence. All it takes is Hijinx ice cream mix, peaches, hot water/half & half, and your favorite mix-ins.
How To Get A Smooth And Creamy Texture Without An Ice Cream Machine
Achieving a creamy texture for homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker is possible with the right techniques. Normally, with an ice cream machine, you’d have to heat up half-and-half until it reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit before adding sugar while whisking constantly in a large bowl. This would create a rich custard base, which could then be cooled down in an ice bath or refrigerator to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, you’d then add any desired flavors such as vanilla or fruit puree, and spin in an ice cream maker for approximately 20 minutes until thickened and smooth.
But ice cream makers are hefty pieces of machinery that require a decent amount of careful chemistry.
Recipe for No-Churn Ice Cream:
- Start by pulsing ripe, peeled peaches into coarse puree with a food processor. Make sure you don’t over-mix your ingredients or else they won’t freeze properly.
- Fold them into whipped, sweetened condensed milk that has been mixed with whipping/heavy/whole milk. This will create a light yet still creamy texture without having to heat anything.
- You can also add additional ingredients such as chocolate chips or brandy at this stage—if desired—before transferring the mixture to a container and freezing overnight for best results.
- Transfer to airtight container, cover, and freeze.
Adding Mix-Ins For Extra Flavor
Additional flavors are a great way to make the most of your peach ice cream. For example, adding crushed Speculoos cookies to your peach homemade ice cream recipe is a great way to texturally take it up a notch. These Belgian cookies are sweet, crunchy, spiced, and pair perfectly with the sweetness of peaches. Plus, these tasty morsels provide a satisfying crunch to your homemade ice cream that will have your guests clamoring for more.
Another way to enhance flavor is by adding ginger. The earthy spice balances the peach’s sweetness for a dynamic, unique ice cream flavor. This recipe for ginger peach ice cream is a delicious and simple one.
If you’d like to try your hand at this delicious summery flavor, you can do it with tools you already have at home. No ice cream maker needed! With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can create a delicious frozen treat that will impress a party.