caramelized peach ice cream

Last week was extremely monumental in our house.

In the course of 3 days my toddler decided she needed to be in a big girl bed and wear big girl undies.  ALL IN 3 DAYS.  ALL ON HER OWN.  I kid you not.  She went to bed Tuesday night saying she wanted a big girl bed.  Uh huh, ya, whatev, you’re all talk… at least I thought.  She woke up the next morning STILL talking about the dang bed.  Ok, fine, we’ll turn your trusty little crib into a 3 sided trampoline.  I thought her eyes were gonna bug out of her head.  She was giddy.  And, she hasn’t once looked back.  I mean, she maybe looked back those couple of times she’s fallen out, but, she’s still in 1 piece so we’re doin’ alright.  A day later she woke up requesting undies, like it was no big thing and just a normal part of her morning routine.  Dude, what the whaaaaat?!?! I didn’t even know how to respond.  I first picked my jaw up off the floor.  Then ran to grab the kid some undies, I wasn’t passing up this moment.  And she hasn’t turned back since.  She was just ready to be done with diapers (so were we!!!), so here we are, 1 week down and she’s owning it, like a BOSS!


caramelized peach ice cream


Some of you moms out there are probably wondering what potty training theory or philosophy I went with?  The 3 day bootcamp, candy style rewarding, straight up threatening, etc… Well, I used my favorite theory in parenting: None.  Every kid and every parent are different.  So, I’ve decided I have no theories.  Each day we roll with life.  We have structure, yes!  Listen, I’m the one who needs a schedule and structure, so that inherently gets passed down to them.  But once kid #2 came around and proved that should you try and impress any type of parenting style, theory or ideas on her, she’ll just shoot ya down.  Like, hard core.  She’s snarled at me, then giggled 2 seconds later.  So, no theories here, survival, that’s my overall theory.  In fact, just the night before the toddler requested her big girl bed I decided I wasn’t even going to mention a bed or the potty again.  Like, ever.  I knew she’d let me know when she was ready (although I know not every kid is like that).  So, I decided to give her that ownership.  Which is why I almost lost it when she turned into a big girl, literally over night.  For months she’s been requesting to go to school too… this kid is going to be out of the house before I know it.  Excuse me while I mop myself up off the floor.

So this ice cream, it has nothing to do with parenting.  But it’s delicious and parents deserve delicious food.


caramelized peach ice cream


Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

Caramelized Peach Ice Cream


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5-6 medium peaches, pitted and halved or quartered (keep the skins on)
  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups milk (the higher the fat, the better the taste)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a skillet, mix ½ cup sugar and water and bring to a boil and for one minute (just to dissolve the sugar). Reduce the heat to medium/low and add the peach halves or quarters, cut side down, to the sugar mixture. Cook for about 10 minutes. Almost all of the sugar water will evaporate/absorb into the peaches and flesh side of the peaches will start to caramelize. This process also helps the skins peel off really easily.

Remove the peaches from the heat and let them cool enough so you can touch them. Then remove the skins from the peaches. It should just peel right off.

Mash the peaches in a bowl with a fork. If you want a super fine peach puree, blend them. Set aside.

Combine the cream, milk, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium/high heat and stir occasionally until the mixture comes to a simmer, about 3 – 5 minutes.

In a medium size heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks and vanilla for about 2 minutes. Remove the cream mixture from the heat and slowly pour ½ cup of the warm cream into the egg. Pour the rest of the cream into the egg, whisking constantly (this is tempering the yolks, but not scrambling them).

Add the custard back into the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until iit thickens and coats back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not let it boil!!

Set up an ice bath by placing ice and water into a large bowl, then place a smaller bowl inside. Pour the reserved peach mixture into the smaller bowl. Pour the custard into the small bowl with the peach mixture. Stir and let it cool. Then remove the bowl from the ice bath, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or up to 3 days). You want the custard to completely chill before you churn it.

Pour the cold custard into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturers instructions. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer safe container, cover and freeze at least 2 hours before serving (to let it firm up some more).


Recipe heavily modified from Foodie Crush