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No-Cook Homemade Peach Ice Cream

If you haven’t had a fresh Georgia peach, right off the tree, you’re missing out.  Wait…if you haven’t had peach ice cream made from fresh peaches right off the tree, you’re really missing out!

I have an affinity for almost anything peach. Every year we make the pilgrimage to peach country here in Georgia and visit Dickey Farms, not only for their beautiful peaches, syrups and other goodies, but for the peach ice cream.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Aside from just eating them fresh, we typically make the same three or four recipes each time we bring home a case of peaches. The first one is this absolutely fabulous Peach Cobbler or some variation like Peach Blackberry Cobbler, next is a creamy, delicious Peach Soup, and third, we put them up in jars so we’ll have them during the winter. This peach season, however, we’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation that’s taking way too long. We have no stove, sink, microwave, or even counters for that matter.

So, none of the baked goodies were happening this year, nor was any sort of canning.  Craving the taste of Dickey Farms peach ice cream, I researched a bunch of ice cream recipes that didn’t require that I cook the base.  While a custard-based ice cream has its merits, this simple no-cook peach ice cream base creates the greatest bowl of heaven and I’d say it rivals Dickey Farms.

It all starts with the peaches…4-5 cups (6-ish peaches.)  Then simply add brown and white sugars, vanilla and almond extract, a pinch of salt and some lemon juice.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Stir it together and let the peaches macerate a bit. Once the sugars have dissolved, break down the peaches with an immersion blender, regular blender or food processor.  Leave some chunks.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Add heavy cream, stir and freeze. I have an old fashioned crank machine and one with a motor, but I got a super simple electric ice cream machine for Christmas and I love, love, love it!  Y’all, there are only two options on this thing…ON or OFF.  Right up my alley!

Cuisineart Electric Ice Cream Freezer

Transfer the ice cream to a container, pop it in the freezer for a couple more hours, and you’re good to go!

Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Homemade Peach Ice Cream


4-5 cups peaches, peeled and rough diced

1 cup brown sugar, light or dark

3/4 c. granulated sugar (less if your peaches are extra sweet)

juice of half a lemon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

pinch of salt

2 cups heavy cream (half & half is ok)


  1. In a bowl, combine the peaches, sugars, lemon juice and extracts. Mix well and set aside to macerate.
  2. When the sugars are dissolved (at least 20 minutes), use an immersion blender to break down the peaches a little, leave some chunks. You can also use a regular blender, food processor or even a potato masher.  Pour in the heavy cream and mix by hand to combine.
  3. Chill for at least a couple of hours, overnight is better.
  4. Use your ice cream machine according to its instructions to churned the mixture.
  5. When it’s finished, put it into a freezer-safe container and freeze for a couple more hours before serving.


Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.


Before the final freeze (step 5), fold in pieces of piece crust or shortbread cookies. Tastes like the best peach cobbler you’ve ever had!

For a super healthy, non-dairy version, simple blend equal parts partially frozen chopped peaches, a little lemon juice and frozen bananas. Fold in a few blueberries or chopped strawberries, if you like. I will never turn my nose up at this. It’s creamy and tastes so decadent.




Need a quick, simple dessert? Blackberry Shortcake!

When your amazing life calls for something other than the standard strawberry shortcake, why not bump it up a bit and have a delicious Blackberry Shortcake instead? This one is so simple and you can use what you have on hand.

Blackberry Shortcake


We visited our favorite local farm yesterday to find some gorgeous, fresh blackberries! We’re blackberry fanatics at my house and could easily sit down with a big bowl of these little gems and happily have them as a meal.Fresh Blackberries

After considering the possibilities, and how worn out we were from a day of errands, we decided to make a quick dinner and needed a simple dessert to go with it. Anyone can have strawberry shortcake. Why not take advantage of what’s fresh now and make a beautiful Blackberry Shortcake?

So, you can really make a shortcake dessert using whatever base you have on hand. No need to get fancy or spend a lot of time baking. I happen to have some dessert shells in the freezer. Some of the things I have piled fruit on are :

  • a canned or frozen biscuit (sprinkle a little sugar on top before baking)
  • a cookie or two, or a little bowl of crumbled cookies
  • cinnamon toast
  • frozen pound cake
  • a cupcake
  • a scone

Even though in legit baking world, these options are not technically “shortcake”, who cares? They all make a shortcake-style, easy, yummy dessert that you can make right now.

While I pulled dinner together, I macerated a pint of blackberries in a few tablespoons of sugar. This will created all that fabulous juice you want on your shortcake. It only takes about an hour and can be hastened by crushing them up a bit.

Then it’s as simple as putting down your base and spooning on some berries.

Blackberries for Shortcake

Adding some of that gorgeous syrup.

Blackberries on shortcake

Top it with your favorite whipped topping, ice cream or syrup.

Blackberry Shortcake

Seriously, what could be more beautiful, simple and delicious?