{Foodie Block Party} Georgia Peach Ice Cream*

I am looking forward to sharing lots of bloggers with you through the Foodie Block Party, but I have really been looking forward to introducing you to Joelen from What’s Cookin, Chicago! Joelen has been blogging since 2007 and was one of the first food blogs I ever read. She is such a fun person and she often blogs about things like Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes…so you know I love her! But if I haven’t sold you yet, the only other thing you must know…is that Joelen threw a Grilled Cheese Party! How amazingly awesome is that?! Sign me up for a brie and green apple grilled cheese please!

So scroll on down to check out this delicious Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream and then make sure and go stop by her blog!

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Summer is one of my favorite food seasons because of the amazing fresh produce that’s readily available. Strawberry season just ended, but now blueberries are taking over with raspberries soon to follow. Stone fruits are also in season and my favorite of the group are peaches! Georgia is known for their super sweet peaches and now’s the time to seek them out in your local grocery store for a taste. No need to rush since they’ll be around until early August. So what do you do with fresh peaches in the summer? One tasty answer – ice cream! I recently made some Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream and it was the perfect treat to cool down with on a summer day. A creamy ice cream base sweetened by natural peach juices is studded with fresh chopped peaches and froze to perfection…

This is a super easy recipe for ice cream that comes from one of my favorite ice cream books, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream & Dessert Book. I’ve found their ice cream recipes often don’t require making a custard or heating, which means you save a bit of time. As for the texture, it’s creamy and indulgent just as it should be. To make, fresh chopped peaches are macerated with a little sugar to draw out the natural juices. These juices are then added to a standard ice cream base made with eggs, lemon juice, heavy cream and whole milk. The mixture is churned in an ice cream maker and just before it’s done, the chopped peaches are swirled in. You can certainly enjoy it once it comes out of the ice cream maker, however I’ve found the flavor really shines through after freezing it overnight and eating the next day – that is if you can last that long. It’s definitely worth the wait and you won’t be disappointed!

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Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream

Yield: Makes generous 1 quart

Ingredients:

2 cups of finely chopped peaches, peeled
1 1/4 cups sugar - divided
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 large eggs
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

Directions:

Combine the peaches, ½ cup of sugar and the lemon juice in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring the mixture every 30 minutes.

Remove the peaches from the refrigerator and drain the juice into another bowl. Cover and return the peaches to the refrigerator to chill.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute. Add in the cream and milk, and whisk to combine. Add the peach juice and stir to blend in.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.

About 2 minutes before the mixture is done in the ice cream maker, add the chilled peaches and continue freezing until the ice cream is ready. Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container and freeze at least 6-8 hours for flavors to ripen before enjoying.

recipe from Ben & Jerry's

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16 Responses to “{Foodie Block Party} Georgia Peach Ice Cream”

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    Katrina — July 7, 2011 @ 1:09 am

    This sounds out of this world. Yum!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 7, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    I can’t seem to get enough peaches this season! I am loving them lots! This looks like the most perfect way to enjoy them!

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    Apron Appeal — July 7, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    I usually don’t pause for ice cream posts because I don’t own an ice cream maker. This post was an exception….still no ice cream maker but how can I resist peach ice cream? so good.

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    Southern Gal — July 7, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Yum! Peach ice cream is a summer staple around these parts. I can’t remember a summer without peach ice cream and peach cobbler.

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — July 7, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    I love peaches!! This looks divine.

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    Kepanie — July 7, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Damn, this looks hella good!

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living — July 7, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Yum! How summery and delicious sounding!

    Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week!

    xoxo,

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 7, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    That looks awesome. I love the color of it :) I cannot wait for peaches!! I’ve been seeing amazing recipes everywhere but it will be a while before I get peaches here. This will be on my to-do list when we get some though :D

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    Sues — July 7, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Um, this is beautiful! And looks, so so delicious. I might have to add it to my summer ice cream must-make list!

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    Joelen — July 7, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Thanks for featuring me & sharing the recipe I made Jessica! :)

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    serena @bigapplenosh — July 7, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Yum, this sounds so refreshing!

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time — July 7, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Jessica, thanks for introducing us to Joelen. What a special treat to meet a new blogger. And what an amazing dessert. The color on that ice cream is absolutely spectacular. Wow.

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    Jill — July 7, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    I love the idea of a foodie block party! How fun!
    The words Georgia Peach always make me swoon. Adding them to ice cream? Mmmmm.

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    Marla — July 7, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    This is summer in the perfect peach ice cream. Sounds awesome!

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    Fritratuebuig — July 14, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.

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