Peaches and Cream Ice Cream

Cream cheese beaten into the custard base is the secret to this immeasurably smooth and luscious ice cream.

If you don’t have a large, 6-quart ice cream maker, divide the amounts by three and use a standard 1 1/-2 or 2-quart machine.

Serves: 16 Save

Ingredients (12)

  • 8 cup half-and-half
  • 2 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 24 ounce cream cheese, softened (can use reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 6 cup fresh, ripe peaches: 3 cups pureed, 3 cups coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon finely shredded lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • Garnish:
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed waffle cones, or butter waffle cookies
  • 1 1/2 cup diced fresh peaches, sprinkled with 1 to 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar and a splash of bourbon, if desired


  1. Combine 5 cups half-and-half, turbinado sugar, brown sugar and beaten eggs in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stirring well, cook  until just before boiling—little bubbles will form along the rim of the pot. Remove from heat and set aside. The mixture may look curdled.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly pour in hot mixture, continuing to beat. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled—at least 2 hours.
  3. Stir in remaining 3 cups half-and-half, 3 cups puréed peaches, lemon rind and juice, and vanilla bean paste. Freeze in a 6-quart ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream is almost fully churned, fold in the coarsely chopped peaches.
  4. Serve with crushed waffle cone and macerated peaches.

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