This peaches and cream ice cream is a lovely hybrid. It uses yogurt and as well as cream for its luscious base. Toasted hazelnuts add crunch to the peaches.
We suppose that, technically, this recipe creates something more of a froyo than an ice cream. Yet its taste and texture lie somewhere in between. We’ll let you be the judge of what you want to call it—only nice things, we’re quite certain. Originally published July 18, 2011.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Special Equipment: Ice cream maker (optional)
Peaches and Cream Ice Cream
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 40 M
- Serves 4
- 1 cup cool water
- 3/4 cup superfine sugar (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery)
- 4 ripe peaches, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 3 tablespoons peach schnapps, brandy, or orange flavored liqueur
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat)
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts (optional)
- 1. Bring the water and the sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Simmer until the mixture forms a clear syrup.
- 2. Place the peaches in a bowl and pour the hot syrup over them. Stir in the schnapps, brandy, or liqueur and let cool.
- 3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer half the fruit to a small bowl and set aside. Pour the remaining peaches and all of the syrup into a blender or food processor and blend along with the cream and the yogurt to the desired consistency.
- 4. If using an ice-cream maker, pour the mixture into the machine and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If not using an ice-cream maker, pour the mixture into a large shallow container, such as a metal baking pan, and place in the freezer. Whisk the mixture every 30 minutes.
- 5. Toward the end of the freezing process, fold in the reserved peaches and the hazelnuts. Enjoy immediately or transfer to a container and freeze a little longer if you’re the sort who likes a slightly firmer texture. Regardless, you may wish to remove the ice cream from the freezer about 10 or so minutes prior to serving to soften it slightly.