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How to Make Homemade Peach Custard Ice Cream

Updated on May 11, 2017
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FlourishAnyway shares her mother's secret Southern recipe. You'll never go back to store bought ice cream! (You're welcome!)

Mmm, Mmm, Good ... Worth the Splurge!

Great recipes like this start with good quality ingredients:  mouth watering peaches, cream, milk, and eggs.  This ice cream will have folks coming back for second helpings -- or more!
Great recipes like this start with good quality ingredients: mouth watering peaches, cream, milk, and eggs. This ice cream will have folks coming back for second helpings -- or more! | Source

Getting Started: How to Select Fresh Peaches

Great ice cream begins with high-quality ingredients. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your peaches are ripe and ready for the ice cream churn.

Start With Fresh, Ripe Peaches

Don't settle for anything less than the freshest, best-tasting fruit.
Don't settle for anything less than the freshest, best-tasting fruit. | Source

Characteristics of a Ripe Peach

A ripe peach has the following qualities:

  • Good Background Coloring With No Green: On traditional yellow peach varieties, look for background colors of bright yellow to orange. On white varieties, look for a white to cream background as an indication of a mature fruit. Try to spot any unwanted traces of green along the stem end. However, do not rely on the red blush as an indication of ripeness, as this is simply part of the natural coloring of the peach.
  • Feel Tender: Remember that this is a soft juicy peach, not a hard apple! Your peach should have a little bit of give when you press it gently, but it shouldn't be mushy either.
  • Smell Sweet: Go ahead—smell it. If the peachy scent is appealing and vivid, this is a great sign!
  • Unbruised and Unwrinkled: Peaches are delicate and therefore damage easily. Select peaches that are unbruised, and cut out any damaged spots before eating or using them in recipes. Wrinkled skin is a sign of age. Pass those up.

Is the Peach "Finger Ripe?"

Juicy, delicious peaches are typically in peak season in the United States from June through August. Test a peach's ripeness by very gently holding it between your thumb and middle finger.

Apply subtle pressure using the soft pads of your fingers. If the flesh moves, it is "finger ripe," and you can eat it today or tomorrow. However, if the flesh is still firm, either pass this peach up or wait a few days while it ripens.

Peaches Ripen Faster in a Brown Bag

To facilitate ripening, store your peaches in a paper bag—never plastic—on the kitchen counter until the peaches reach your desired level of softness. Just fold the bag over loosely.

Usually a couple of days should do the trick. Fruit ripens in the presence of ethylene, a naturally-occurring gas in the fruit (which you are trapping in the bag).

Peaches Are Nature's Candy

There is nothing quite like the sweetness and temptation of a ripe, fresh peach.  Absolutely delicious!  Except, of course, homemade peach custard ice cream.
There is nothing quite like the sweetness and temptation of a ripe, fresh peach. Absolutely delicious! Except, of course, homemade peach custard ice cream. | Source

Ingredients and Instructions

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: Makes about 1 gallon (3.8 L) of ice cream

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Ingredients For Homemade Peach Custard Ice Cream

  • 1 12-oz. can (354 mL) evaporated milk
  • 1 pint (473 mL) half & half milk
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 pint (473 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 14-oz. cans (414 mL) sweetened condensed milk, Eagle Brand
  • 1 Tablespoon (~15 mL) vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (946 mL) ripe, fresh peaches, finely chopped

Also Needed:

  • Ice cream churn
  • 5-pound bag of ice
  • Rock salt (not table salt)

This Is Pure Heaven

No grocery store ice cream comes close to this homemade recipe.
No grocery store ice cream comes close to this homemade recipe. | Source

Instructions: Start With a Cooked Custard

  1. Prepare the cooked custard approximately one hour in advance of making your ice cream. Over medium heat, mix the first three ingredients (evaporated milk, half & half, and well-beaten eggs) in a saucepan. Use a whisk to stir constantly until hot and slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
  2. Cover the mixture, and allow it to cool in the refrigerator about an hour.
  3. While the custard is cooling, finely slice then mash your peaches so they will disperse evenly throughout the ice cream during freezing.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and the peaches. Stir well, then fold in the cooled custard mixture.
  5. Pour the mixture into your ice cream freezer unit, adding rock salt and ice outside the metal freezing unit. Begin churning, following the manufacturer's directions for your freezer. Be careful not to allow any of the salty water to enter the metal freezing unit.
  6. If you take the ice cream out of the metal freezing unit immediately after it is done, it will be the consistency of a thick milkshake. Allow the ice cream to sit a few more minutes before serving if you prefer ice cream with a firmer consistency.

Step One: Prepare the Custard

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Prepare the cooked custard by mixing the evaporated milk, half & half, and the eggs in a sauce pan. Use a whisk to stir constantly until hot and slightly thickened. Cover and cool in the refrigerator about an hour.

Step Two: Smash the Peaches

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While the custard is cooking, finely slice and then mash your peaches. Failure to cut them up finely enough will make your ice cream taste simply like vanilla ice cream with chunks of peaches—rather than true peach-flavored ice cream.

Step Three: Prepare the Ice Cream Base

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In a large bowl, combine the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and peaches. Fold in cooled custard mixture then pour in ice cream maker.

Step Four: Add the Rock Salt

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Add rock salt and ice outside of the metal freezing unit in alternating layers. I use an ice to salt ratio of about 3:1.

Step Five: Run the Ice Cream Maker

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Follow the manufacturer's instruction for running your ice cream maker. Be careful not to allow salty water to enter the met ice cream tank.

Step Six: Enjoy!

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For ice cream with a thick milkshake consistency, serve immediately. If you prefer harder ice cream, wait several minutes before serving. Either way, do NOT expect to have leftovers.

Health Benefits, Fun Facts, and Weird Flavors

Health Benefits of Peaches

Peaches are nature's candy. Even better is that these delicious treats are healthy! With less than 60 calories for a medium-sized peach, here are some of the other benefits of this fruit:

  • cholesterol-free
  • sodium-free
  • virtually fat free
  • a good source of dietary fiber
  • a good source of Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium and
  • an excellent source of Vitamin C.

Fun Facts About Ice Cream

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Answer
What day of the week is ice cream most often purchased?
Sunday.
What age groups eat the most ice cream?
Kids ages 2-12 and adults over 45.
What are the most popular ice cream flavors?
Vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip.
What percentage of people eat their ice cream with their pet?
Only 5% admit to doing so; more men than women let their pet lick the bowl.
When is National Ice Cream Month in the United States?
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan named July National Ice Cream month. National Ice Cream Day is celebrated the third Sunday in July.
What country eats more ice cream per capita than any other?
The United States, followed by New Zealand.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

With so many flavors available why waste time on vanilla?
With so many flavors available why waste time on vanilla? | Source

Strange Ice Cream Flavors From Around the World

Some folks just can't leave it at vanilla, chocolate, or fruit-flavored ice cream. They've got to mix it up a little, or a lot.

Here are some of the—ahem—more adventurous flavors that are out there.

Would you be daring enough to try these creative flavors from around the world?

  • Animal Flavored: If you're venturing to Japan, you can find the following flavors: raw horse flesh, cow tongue, octopus, squid, chicken wing.
  • Condiment and Snack Flavored: In New York, a local ice cream parlor has created flavors including horseradish, corn on the cob, lox, garlic, pizza, and jalapeño. Another ice creamery in the city offers fig & fresh brown turkey gelato. Yum!
  • Bacon!: For all of us bacon lovers, a Delaware ice cream proprietor answers the call with one-of-a kind flavors such as maple bacon with Jack Daniels and chocolate covered bacon.
  • "Refined Taste" Flavored: A French ice cream shop has generated flavors such as caviar, mustard, black truffle, and foie gras.
  • Lobster Flavored: You can find lobster ice cream in a local ice creamery in Maine. Nothing bettah.
  • Dinner Flavored: Then there is the Venezuelan shop that sells a spaghetti and cheese flavored ice cream.

Tell us in the comments section below: What's your favorite ice cream type? What's the most unusual type of ice cream that you've tried? Would you try any of these zany flavors?

Reader Opinion Poll

Would you ever try any of these strange but true flavors?

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A Little Peachy History

Peachoid Water Tower In Gaffney, South Carolina

The Peachoid in Gaffney, South Carolina is a giant water tank in the shape of a peach.  It is a novelty roadside attraction off Interstate 85.
The Peachoid in Gaffney, South Carolina is a giant water tank in the shape of a peach. It is a novelty roadside attraction off Interstate 85.

Rubberneckers' Delight on Interstate 85

Gaffney, South Carolina is a town of 13,000—and that's if you count visitors. I spent much of my childhood there but have long since moved on. However, when folks ask where I'm from, all I have to do to is mention the famous Peachoid.

Anyone who has traveled I-85 from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Atlanta, Georgia, knows the novel landmark well. There are the looky-loos who take photos, the jokes about its butt-like appearance, and even a Flickr group dedicated to Peachoid photos.

Laugh all you want. Peaches are serious business in these parts.

The tower was built in 1981 when the city's Board of Public Works commissioned the one-million gallon tank. They sought to highlight the significance of peach farming to the local economy.

At that time, Cherokee County amazingly produced more peaches annually than the state of Georgia. Gaffney is the county seat.

Peaches were widely introduced to South Carolina's agricultural economy in the early 1900s as an alternative to row crops. South Carolina is currently the second-leading producer of peaches behind California. Georgia is third.

Next time you're traveling I-85, pull over and grab your camera between exits 90 and 92. Better yet, help the local folks out and stop for a bite to eat in Gaffney.

See the Peachoid Water Tower In Gaffney, South Carolina

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Tip From a (Former) Local

Peaches from Abbott Farms' roadside stand along I-85 near Gaffney and Spartanburg are every bit as good as you'd imagine. They also sell homemade ice cream that is unbelievably good.

Note: I'm not affiliated with them, just providing a helpful hint.

Oh, I Ate Too Much!

Our cat, George Clooney, is the official Bowl Licker.
Our cat, George Clooney, is the official Bowl Licker. | Source

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      Rajan - Gaffney also holds annual peach festivals that draw in big crowds. When I lived there, they came together and made the world's largest peach pie. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 13 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I have never had a peach ice cream. So thanks for this recipe. The ice cream looks very inviting. Thanks for the info on the Peachoid water tower. I can imagine how imposing it must look with all the amount of water it can hold.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Peg -It is a small world, isn't it? I could use some peach ice cream right now! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Those photos have me drooling on my keyboard. Wow, I'm in the mood for some peach custard ice cream now. I enjoyed reading the recipe and can almost smell the fragrance of ripe peaches as you described them. Did not know you were familiar with South Carolina. I have several relatives who live in Rock Hill. What a small world.

      Voted all the way up on this one including funny for the Peachoid description.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Efficient Admin - It's obvious you know what you're talking about! Gaffney's the place. Hope you're having a Merry Christmas.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Yep Gaffney is the place to buy peaches in this part of town! They also have an outlet mall there as well. This sounds so good - I want some ice cream now LOL!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you, VioletteRose. I'm glad you enjoyed taking a look.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Wow I love peaches and the ice cream looks delicious, that's a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      AliciaC - Thanks for stopping by. It's a fabulous treat and well worth the effort Puts the store-bought stuff to shame.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a wonderful treat! I love creamy desserts, and this ice cream looks delicious. The idea of combining custard and ice cream is very appealing. I love the extra facts in the hub, too.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Kathryn - Thanks for taking a look at the recipe. I always have a cat around ready to lick a bowl of just-eaten ice cream. Hope you'll be able to try the recipe one day. Once you've had homemade, even the premium store-bought stuff just pales in comparison.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a great hub! I liked all of the tips and information, the references, the recipe itself (looks so good), and the photos. It's adorable that you added a photo of your cat!

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I don't have an ice cream maker, but if I ever do this will be on my list of ice creams to try!

      Have a great night... or morning.

      ~ Kathryn

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Frank - Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you're able to try it when peach season rolls around again. It's an amazing recipe, straight from my mother.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow I got so hungry halfway through your hub..:) gave it 5 stars

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      JayeWisdom - Thank you for reading and commenting. Organic is definitely the way to go for fruits and vegetables. This makes one sumptuous ice cream treat. My mother is the inventor of the recipe. She took someone else's recipe and adapted it, as they had used raw eggs back in the day when folks did that. (I'm old enough to remember doing that.) Mom decided to make it into a cooked custard and OMG does it ever work!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You may now call yourself the SME (subject matter expert) of ice cream!

      This is a very interesting article. The unusual flavors you wrote about are incredible (to me, anyway). The photos of peaches are terrific, as they are one of the most naturally beautiful fruits when at their peak.

      I have only one thing to add. Please use organic peaches, as this fruit has been tested and shown to retain one of the highest concentrations of multiple pesticides. Peeling doesn't get rid of the toxins, and you can't tell by the taste.

      Jaye

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      hazelwood4 - Thank you for reading and commenting. It's a great recipe -- the juicier the peaches you use, the better the ice cream!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rebecca - Yes, you do know the landmark! Small world, eh? This recipe is sure to be a keeper.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Moonlake - Thanks so much for reading, sharing and voting. This is a recipe that is sure to please!

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      hazelwood4 3 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious. I love peaches, and I will have to give this recipe a try.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool! Just the words peach custard ice cream is enough to make one drool. I am in North Georgia, so I know just the landmark you shared.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This looks so good I love peaches. Pinned and shared. Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Samita - I hope you find it easy and enjoyable, as it is a family favorite. Best wishes, and thank you for reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      DDE - It is a delicious treat. Hope you can try it sometime!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Make Homemade Peach Custard Ice Cream a unique idea and sounds such a wonderful treat, with Peach it must most delicious

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much, Crafty! It works beautifully for strawberries, too! Really amazing stuff. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate the warm compliment.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I just love your Hubs! This one is refreshing in many ways than one. I love peaches. I live in the north though so we don't have as much opportunity to enjoy fresh ones here. This looks delicious!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Deborah - Thanks for reading, pinning and commenting. You're so smart to freeze those peaches while they are ripe and plentiful. We just had this recipe again last weekend (for the last time this summer) and it is heavenly.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I've been wanting to make peach ice cream! My husband recently got a half-bushel of peaches from a coworker. We froze what we couldn't eat. He supposed to be getting more. Next time, we will make ice cream. I've pinned the recipe so I can track it down when needed. Thanks.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      SallyTX - Thanks for reading and commenting. If the peaches aren't good quality, I'd throw them to the squirrels and other critters and make another flavor. Strawberry perhaps?

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      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Well that just sounds wonderful. I wonder if it would be a good way to use some of the peaches I have gotten recently that taste OK but have a mealy texture. This is not a good year for peaches in Texas. My tree didn't have any, and the ones in the store are not really good. Voted up and awesome! ;D

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      seshagopalan - Thanks for reading and weighing in. This recipe is awesome. Hope you give it a try!

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      yummyyyyy !! Reading your hub makes me mouth watering.. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Randomovic - I'm glad you like this. Hope you can try it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      gredmonson - Although we always use a 4 quart maker, it is usually filled to the brim. A 6 quart ice cream churn would give you lots more room. Just a matter of personal preference. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      Randomovic 3 years ago from Egypt

      wooooooow i like peach and ice cream...........

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      gredmondson 3 years ago from San Francisco, California

      Great Hub, and I am sure the ice cream is delicious. Does the recipe require a six quart ice cream freezer?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rajan - Thank you! I appreciate your enthusiastic support. It is a delicious ice cream and fun to make.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Awesome hub, great pictures of a delightful looking ice cream. Thanks for sharing the recipe and history and the rest.

      Voted up, useful and pinned, tweeted and facebook shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. It is a really good recipe, also good with strawberries substituted. You can't beat good ice cream in my book.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Boy does this sound good. I love peaches and I love custard so combining the two sounds really yummy. This is a wonderful hub with easy to follow instructions and great photos, love the water tower. I'm certainly doing my part to help the over 45 age group maintain their status :) Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Vespawoolf - Thank you for reading and commenting. It's a family favorite. I certainly hope you'll be able to try it!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I can't wait to get out my ice cream maker and try this homemade peach custard! I enjoyed the tips about testing peach ripeness and the fun facts about ice cream and unusual flavors. What a cute picture of kitty bowl licker, too! My dad says the peaches are great in the Midwest this year...I hope you're getting lots of traffic on this Hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Mariewj - Thanks for reading and commenting. There's nothing like homemade ice cream. Blackberry vanilla does sound good. Hope you can try peach next go-around!

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      mariewj 3 years ago

      I have never tried peach ice cream and this one does look really scrumptious. We often make a blackberry vanilla ice cream so the ice cream maker gets a fair bit of use.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      peachpurple - Glad you approve! Thanks for reading, voting, and commenting.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful hub on peach. I love peaches and they do taste yummy. Voted up

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      And I'd gladly accept! It sounds oh-so-delicious!!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bravewarrior - Thanks for reading. I hate to tell you, but this recipe is so unbelievably good no ice cream from the grocery store (or Baskin Robbins, etc.) is even in the ball park. If you were in the neighborhood, we'd invite you over for a bowl.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Flourish, this recipe sounds heavenly. Unfortunately, I don't have an ice cream churn, otherwise I'd try it.

      You did a fabulous job on this hub. It was informative and interesting. you added some history and practical and fun facts. Great job!

      Now I have a hankerin' for peach custard ice cream. I wonder why that is? :-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Rose - Thanks. It is truly a wonderful recipe. We fight over the first bowl as well as the last. Thanks for reading, voting, and commenting.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      What an awesome hub! Now I crave peach custard ice cream, lol! I loved this from start to finish. It is insightful and I loved your Fun Facts and all the information you provided, the great images, but most of all, I love the recipe. I must try this. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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