Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

This has become one of my favorite ice creams. The rich flavor of the caramelized, roasted peaches and brown sugar makes it a perfect treat on a hot summer night. If you're not a big fan of cinnamon, leave that out. I find that it adds a nice depth of flavor but some may find that it overwhelms the subtle flavors of the peach.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Freeze Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins
1 quart ice cream


  • 4 large ripe peaches, halved and pitted

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or as needed

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 3 cups milk

  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise (Optional)

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Generously butter the cut portion of each peach half and place cut-side down into a baking pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until mostly cooked and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Turn peaches over with a spatula and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon into the juicy halves.

  4. Cover the pan with foil and continue to bake until peaches are fully cooked and sugar is mixed with butter and juices form a caramel in the pan, about 15 more minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, heat milk and split vanilla bean in a large pan over medium heat, stirring to avoid any burning. Keep at a low simmer.

  6. Whisk together egg yolks, white sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract in a bowl until well combined.

  7. When peaches are done, remove skins (and eat them, they're delicious!). Add peeled peaches and all the caramelized juices into the hot milk. Stir to combine and simmer for about 10 minutes.

  8. Remove vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the hot milk.

  9. Use an immersion blender to puree the peaches and the milk. Be careful as the mixture is really hot.

  10. Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Add more hot milk slowly to temper the mixture.

  11. Remove milk from heat and allow to cool to 170 degrees F (76 degrees C). Whisk in egg yolk mixture and return to low heat, whisking constantly, until a custard forms, 5 to 10 minutes.

  12. Strain custard through a sieve. Mixture will be really thick, so working it through with a silicone spatula can take up to 10 minutes as you press and stir.

  13. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Cook's Note:

I used 2% milk and it was delicious but if you want a creamier/smoother consistency, use 1 cup heavy cream and 2 cups whole milk. The peaches give a nice consistency to it, so you don't really need cream. I've used sugar substitutes but the best consistency is achieved with real sugar since it lowers the freezing point of the ice cream more. Substitutes often end up harder and more icy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
6g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 4g
Potassium 178mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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