Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream

Skip all my musing and go straight to the recipe

I pulled the peaches off my front peach trees this week. They’re still young trees so I only got about 30 of them. That was enough to enjoy eating and have a few more left over for — ice cream! I’d made butter a few weeks back and ended up with almost a gallon of buttermilk, so I went to my favorite recipe book, Google, and found the following recipe for buttermilk peach ice cream on It turned out really great for me, because I like tang and sweet mixed together. Someone looking for a really sweet treat might not find it as tasty Of course, you’ll need some sort of ice cream maker to do this. I happen to have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and the ice cream maker attachment.

Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream

  • 6 ripe medium peaches (2 pounds), picked fresh from your front yard tree
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, store bought
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, store bought
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, from my dear friend and yoga teacher’s tree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I love orchids)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (and this smell always reminds me of my grandmother’s Christmas cookies)
  • 2 cups buttermilk, homemade of course

Skin the peaches. The best way to do this is by placing them in boiling water for a minute or so, then dumping them directly into ice water. If they’re ripe enough the skins will slip right off. If not, you’ll be paring with a knife. Once they’re skinless, cut the meat up in pieces. Be sure to put the skins and cores into your compost heap. (I have two right now, one building and one cooking). Put the chopped peaches into your food processor and add the sugars, lemon juice, vanilla and almond flavorings. Puree until as smooth as possible, then put in a spouted bowl and add the buttermilk. Fire up your ice cream maker, and follow your manufacturer’s instructions on finishing the ice cream. Once it’s ready for the freezer, pack it into an airtight container and let it freeze for at least two hours. Here in Arizona where it’s been really hot so far this year, it took longer than usual to make the ice cream and longer than usual to get it to freeze.

Just needed to add that I bought a flat of strawberries because eight year old niece said she loves them and they were on sale. I used this same recipe, using 1 cup of white sugar and no almond flavoring to make a perfectly lovely sort of strawberry ice cream. The consensus in the house was split on this, though, with half of us thinking it was too tangy and tasted more like frozen yogurt than ice cream.

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5 Responses to Peach Buttermilk Ice Cream

  1. Ohhhhh you are making me hungry!!!! I have got to get an ice cream maker so that I can try this stuff!

  2. Eve Paludan says:

    Hi Denise!
    I clicked on your photo in the Bootcamp for Novelists newsletter and found my way here. I’ll be living vicariously through your adventures in cooking, remodeling, and writing. You’re still interesting to me and as always, love to read what you write, no matter what it is. May you always have ripe peaches on your tree.

  3. Denise says:

    Hey Eve! Thanks for stopping by and for the good wishes. I still have peaches (6th and final tree this year)!

  4. After lots of research I decided to buy this attachment for my Kitchen Aid, instead of a stand alone ice cream maker. I couldn’t be happier!

    It’s terrific. I’ve made four batches, over the last month or so. The first was a Vanilla using the Ben and Jerry cookbook. Everyone loved this one and I used pasteurized eggs, as recommended by some reviewers of that book, instead of the raw eggs they called for.

    Next we made Blackberry frozen yogurt. We have a lot of blackberry bushes and we adapted it from a strawberry recipe in ‘The Idiots guide to homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt’ and it was great.

    Third up was Alton Brown’s vanilla from the Food Network. The consistency was a little icy but the flavor was great as it called for using a fresh vanilla bean.

    Our favorite so far was the Chocolate from David Lebovitz’s ‘The Perfect Scoop’ I’ve never made custard before and it was a bit complicated but it was THE BEST chocolate ice cream we’ve ever had.

    Two notes:
    First off I use more milk and less cream in every recipe I try. We usually buy “light’ ice cream so I like to make our homemade versions lighter too. I use a mixture of regular milk with a little half and half.

    Secondly, when the ice cream is ready it’s a very soft consistency, and really should go in the freezer for a few hours or it melts in minutes.

    I tend to make it on a Sunday morning (and make the mix on Sat if it needs to chill) and then we have fresh ice cream with our Sunday dinner – yum!

  5. L4 L5 says:

    I love this fruit so much. There is a lot you can make with it that’s healthy and good for losing weight.

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