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Peach Almond Ice Cream and
Doing Crazy Things

Posted by Denise on September 11, 2012

peach almond ice cream in pink bowl1
Peach Almond Ice Cream is fresh, frosty and peachy.

Sometimes I think we are a little crazy. But in a good way! We do some strange things sometimes, but there is normally a good explanation behind it. For example, over the Labor Day weekend we drove 975 miles to Atlanta and back all in one day. Yup, a little crazy until we tell you why.

You see, I bought Glenn an upright wood smoker for Christmas around 15 years ago that has produced many, many batches of awesome ribs, pork butts, beef cuts, beans, and other fabulous smoked foods. The past couple of years the smoker suddenly started to fall apart and despite all we did it became progressively worse until almost a year ago it became apparent that it was too dangerous to use it anymore. So sad! L After a suitable mourning period, we started looking for a new one. Glenn wanted the same smoker as he had before because he was used to it and it works really well. Should be easy, right? Of course not! We found that the company is no longer in business, so a new one of the same model was out of the question. What about a used one? So we started searching and searching. For months, we searched on the internet and craigslist and had a couple of false starts and frustrations, but we finally located one in really great shape…in Atlanta, Georgia.

It takes about 8 hours to drive from Orlando to Atlanta, so we got up at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday and hit the road. We stopped a couple of times on the way up, at our favorite peach orchard, for gas, at our favorite Macon antique mall, and still made it to Atlanta by noon. We went to the seller’s house and collected the smoker, then headed back home, arriving at our home about 8:30 in the evening. The one thing we did not count on was having to smell smoked food for 8 hours with the smoker in the car, but other than that it was a successful trip.

So, now we get to today’s recipe. When we stopped at our favorite peach orchard on the way up to Atlanta, we were curious if they would even be open. We have never been to the orchard this late in the summer, so we weren’t sure if they would be open, but they were and they actually had some late season peaches! Oh, what joy! We bought a half bushel, so I’ve been busy making peach goodies this week.

This recipe for Peach Almond Ice Cream is one that I have been playing with and tweaking for the past couple of summers. I think it is ready to go now. We love the peach ice cream that we always buy at the peach place, and I wanted to duplicate its wonderful flavor. The fresh peach flavors are complimented with a touch of almond extract. Sweetened condensed milk was the final key to getting the flavor and texture right. So crank up your ice cream maker and enjoy one last blast of the taste of summer!




Peach Almond Ice Cream



 peach almond ice cream ingredients

Simple ingredients, such great ice cream.



Makes 1 quart




14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk


cup heavy cream


cup sugar


teaspoon almond extract

1 ½   

cup pureed peach, about 2 peaches peeled and pureed





1.    Open the can of sweetened condensed milk and drain into a medium sized bowl, preferably with a pouring spout. It will be thick and will require a few minutes to completely drain.


peach almond ice cream condensed milk

When opening the can, poke a small hole on the opposite side of the can that you make the large pouring hole. This extra hole allows air to replace the liquid, making it pour more easily.




2.    Meanwhile, in another bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, combine the heavy cream and sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Add the almond extract and mix thoroughly.


peach almond ice cream milks




3.    Pour the cream mixture into the condensed milk and mix completely. Add the pureed peaches into the milk mixture and combine well.


 peach almond ice cream adding puree




4.    Pour into a ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions until creamy and frozen. Serve immediately or package into freezer containers and put into the freezer.


peach almond ice cream in machine


peach almond ice cream in freezer container


         * If you do not have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into freezer-safe cake pan or other shallow pan and stir up every 30 minutes or so until frozen to the texture you prefer.


peach almond ice cream in green glass 


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