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Simple Peach Cobbler Ice Cream (With or Without an Ice Cream Maker)

Updated on June 22, 2014

This ice cream recipe gives "peaches and cream" a whole new meaning!

Peaches...fresh, sweet and delicious. They are my favorite fruit of the summer. There is nothing like the pleasure of biting into a ripe, juicy peach. I love to pick them at the orchard and bring home boxes of the gold and pink orbs. When the days are long and hot, and my kitchen is sticky and steamy from canning pie filling and marmalade, nothing sounds better than to cool off with some peach ice cream.

This homemade ice cream recipe will teach you to make divine Peach Cobbler Ice Cream, and will describe tips and tricks to make it easy and oh, so yummy! And if you don't have an ice cream maker, the process takes a little bit longer in the freezer, but, believe me, it is worth the effort!

By the way, this recipe is versatile and can easily be modified to use other fruits. Or eliminate the mashed fruit and add chocolate chips, brownie chunks, or chopped candy bars. Enjoy experimenting!


1 pouch or 1 tbs unflavored gelatin

4 tbs cold water

1 1/2 C whole milk

1 C half-and-half

1/2 C evaporated milk (or 1/2 C powdered milk and 1/3 C water)

2 C peeled, mashed peaches

1 1/2 C granulated sugar (divided into 1 C and 1/2 C)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 C brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blanching releases peach skins so that they peel off easily.
Blanching releases peach skins so that they peel off easily.

The Easy Way to Peel Peaches

Ripe peaches are easy to peel and the skin will slip right off with no resistance if you blanch them first. Blanching is the process of dipping fruits or vegetables into boiling water for a short period of time to prepare them for preservation or to release the skin. Blanching is followed by soaking in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

To blanch peaches for peeling, bring water to a full, rolling boil in a pot that is deep enough to completely immerse your peaches. They do not have to be blanched all at once, but can be separated into batches. Immerse peaches in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Remove peaches from the hot water and place them in a bowl filled with ice water. After they have cooled for a few minutes, split the skin with a knife. It should slide off easily.

Mash peaches with a potato masher.
Mash peaches with a potato masher.


Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a microwave-safe container, and allow to stand for 1 minute. Microwave the mixture on high power for 20 seconds. Stir and set mixture aside until gelatin is completely dissolved.

Blanch and peel peaches. Remove the pits and slice them into small pieces. Place them in a bowl with 1 cup of the granulated sugar and the lemon juice. Mix well, and then mash the mixture with a potato masher.

In a large bowl, combine the milk, half-and-half, and the evaporated milk. Stir in the gelatin mixture.

Add the peach mixture, salt, extracts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar to the milk mixture. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and cinnamon is fully incorporated.

Fill the bowl of your ice cream maker 1/2 to 2/3 full. The mixture will expand as it freezes, so do not overfill. Freeze according to your ice cream maker's directions. The ice cream will be soft, but you can freeze it to a harder consistency by scooping it into a covered container and placing it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

If you have more of the mixture than will fit into the ice cream maker bowl, refrigerate the mixture in a covered container. It will keep for 24-48 hours so you can freeze a second batch. Be sure to freeze your ice cream maker bowl for at least 7 hours or over night between batches.

Making Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker

If you do not have a machine to make homemade ice cream, you can use the "still freezing method".

Prior to preparing your ice cream mixture, set your freezer temperature 0° (-18C), or "fast-freeze." The freezer must be very cold to freeze ice cream properly.

Prepare your ice cream mixture and place it into a freezer safe container with a lid. Put it in the freezer in the coldest area, usually the back of the top shelf of an upright freezer. The coldest area of a chest freezer is generally on the compressor.

Check the mixture in 1 - 1 1/2 hours to see if the sides and the bottom have started to freeze and the middle is still soft. Working quickly, remove the mixture from the freezer and beat it with an electric mixture until the ice crystals are uniform. Cover the mixture, and return it to the freezer before the ice crystals melt.

Repeat this process at 1 - 1 1/2 hour intervals once or twice more. After the final beating, allow the ice cream to freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

Note that if you are making ice cream with large pieces of chocolate, nuts, or other chunky items, do not add them until the last beating.

More Ice Cream Recipes and Ice Cream Makers

Our ice cream maker is one of the most used small appliances in our kitchen. The Cuisinart model that we have requires the container to be frozen, which means that it has to hang out in the freezer for at least 6 hours prior to making ice cream. Since ice cream is often a spontaneous event, I have two containers so that one is always freezing while the other is in use. Having two containers is also helpful for large batches that won't fit in one single container.

And don't forget to keep a reusable ice cream container handy to keep leftovers fresh in the freezer.

Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

This is the model that I personally use. It has lasted for several years and is very reliable.

Cuisinart ICE-30RFB 2-Quart Freezer Bowl
Cuisinart ICE-30RFB 2-Quart Freezer Bowl

I keep a second container for large batches and spontaneous ice cream making.

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

Irresistible recipes from Bi-Rite Creamery. This beautiful guide to making your own delicious ice cream and treats includes all the classic favorites and delicious variations, plus some inventively delectable flavor combinations.

DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor
DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker with Self-Refrigerating Compressor

Don't want to store a container in your freezer to make ice cream? This model has its own compressor for instant treats.

Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub - Pistachio
Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub - Pistachio

The insulated tub keeps ice cream fresh and is dishwasher safe. The unique design lends itself to perfect scoops.


Do you make homemade ice cream? What is your favorite kind?

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      Angelina 5 years ago from California

      you have some really great lenses...I will have to try your recipes, sound so good

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love Peach Cobbler this sound so good, will have to give it a try.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. We love Peach Cobbler and your Recipe sounds delicious

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      @bilafond lm: Thank you!

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Ah I forgot, I have 'pinned' it also

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      In Pakistan is Peach Season. I clicked on your lens after you had visited mine. Please tell me hope there are no 'calories' in this ice cream- Lol. I have a friend he would always say, come on Sir eat it there are no calories in it. That was the lighter side. I must try this recipe definitely. Thank you and now I go and see a couple of more of your lens' which have attracted me. Thank you so much

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I love peaches and I love ice-cream, I do have an ice cream maker but I am going to try this method. Another great page :)

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      SimplyHolly 5 years ago

      This recipe looks delicious! I know my family will love it. Thanks for sharing!

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      maria 5 years ago

      My husband has a peach tree, this recipe will be used in September for sure.

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      BusinessSarah 5 years ago

      Yum! I hope my CSA basket has some peaches in it so I can give this a shot. And I'm excited about making ice cream! Thanks for sharing, excellent lens.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Have got to try this when the local peaches hit the market this summer. Sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Mmm... this sounds positively delicious. I can't say I've made homemade ice cream, but I really need to try one of these days.