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Peaches & Sour Cream Ice Cream

July 16, 2015
13 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin. Food Stylist: Samantha Seneviratne. Prop Stylist: Amanda Widis.
  • Prep time 5 hours
  • Makes 1 quart
Author Notes

Adapted from Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts (Artisan, 2013). —Alice Medrich

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Peaches & Sour Cream Ice Cream
  • 2 or 3 medium-to-large, very flavorful ripe peaches
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  1. Peel and remove the pits from the peaches. Either weigh out 400 grams (14 ounces) of peach flesh or cut the peach into small cubes, until you have two lightly packed cups.
  2. In a food processor or blender, purée the peaches with the lemon juice until the mixture is fairly smooth (it will get even smoother in the second processing). Add the sugar and sour cream and pulse just to mix.
  3. Scrape the mixture into a shallow pan, cover, and freeze.
  4. Once frozen, break the frozen mixture into small chunks (with a fork) and process in the food processor until the entire mixture is blended and smooth. Don’t be afraid to continue processing if some of the frozen chunks are stubborn: Extra processing makes smoother and creamier ice cream.
  5. Serve immediately if you want soft serve or a slushy spoon drink, or scrape into a container and freeze until firm enough to scoop, at least 3 hours, or until needed.
  6. If the ice cream freezes solid, let it soften in the fridge for 15 minutes or longer, or soften carefully in the microwave on the defrost setting, a few seconds at a time. For the best flavor and texture, serve within 2 to 3 days.

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45 Reviews

Martee September 11, 2022
I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago using peaches and sour cream, the next week I had peaches but no sour cream so fell back on my old standby Greek yoghurt. It works great as well. So a couple of days ago I got adventurous and made ice cream using strawberries and Greek yoghurt. Excellent taste. My new hack is to spoon the creamed (last step in recipe) ice cream in my silicone muffin tray (using it on top of a cookie sheet before filling) it’s the perfect single serving size and great to just pop the extras into a freezer bag for use later. This will become my go to dessert from now on. Might try banana or pineapple next time. So many possibilities.
TidalEdge July 31, 2022
Excellent technique for this recipe. I used coconut flavor instead of sour cream and cut the sugar in half. Made many times and everyone loves it.
Cait L. July 11, 2022
This recipe is sublime. I've adapted it with no issues, too - Greek yogurt for the sour cream, strawberries instead of peaches! Going to fold in some chopped chocolate the next time I make it. This is endlessly riffable.
Jacob C. October 1, 2021
Great recipe with limitless variations! I've done this with just peaches, I've added peach chunks after the second blending, I've pureed blueberries with the peaches, then added dried cherries at the end. Next I think, will be adding raspberries.
jencordes July 26, 2021
Just spectacular. I’ve made it twice in the last week.
UhOhSarah September 4, 2020
I have been eating this with a little bit of halva crumbled over it and it is BONKERS.
jstew52 August 26, 2020
Why is this not a Genius Recipe!? It's brilliant!
cindy July 18, 2020
Made this with 2% Greek yogurt subbing for the sour cream. Divine !
uscmusicmom July 8, 2020
Just made this and my son said that it tastes like Pinkberry frozen yoghurt (it’s a chain store where I live). Just curious..do you have the weight of the peaches? I have some leftover that I blanched and cut up but can’t tell how many 3 peaches would be. I would like to make another batch, the first being so wonderfully easy and delicious.
Ann July 8, 2020
Yes, Alice mentions this in Step 1 of the directions—14 oz. after the pits are removed.
uscmusicmom July 9, 2020
Thanks so much Ann, I missed that!
Ann July 9, 2020
Any time. I plan to make this tomorrow.
BritDC July 7, 2020
This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for such a great recipe.
BritDC July 7, 2020
This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for such a great recipe.
BritDC July 7, 2020
This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Thank you for such a great recipe.
mccannjl July 4, 2020
This is really easy to make and very delicious! I used 1 cup of sour cream (that's all I had on hand); and 6 ounces of full fat greek yogurt rounded off with a little heavy cream (again, all things I had on hand). It turned out beautifully! It's apparently a very forgiving recipe. I served it with fresh blackberries. So good.
Teri July 1, 2020
What other fruit would you recommend using? It's not peach time here yet.
Whitney July 1, 2020
I would assume any fruit you’d like that could be puréed. Berries sound like a luscious substitute.
Jenni S. July 1, 2020
I would think strawberry would be delicious too
KatMat July 2, 2020
I used pears (and added a splash of vanilla) last night and it turned out amazing! Used 4 pears
Ann June 30, 2020
Has anyone made this in an ice cream machine?
jellygood June 30, 2020
Yes. It turned out well.
fatiha September 18, 2021
May I know when do you churn the ice cream? Is it after step 3? (Once frozen)
Sirid July 8, 2019
Absolutely sub half of the sugar for brown sugar and add cinnamon and nutmeg as another reviewer recommended. sublime. We just finished eating a batch and I’m already planning the next.
Sirid July 16, 2019
On my second batch, I ran short on the sour cream and did 50:50 with plain Greek yogurt. My family loved this even more than the first batch!
NS July 6, 2019
This was easy and delicious! Glad to have weight measurement for the peeled and chopped peaches. I expected the texture to be a little icy but this ice cream was fairly smooth. However, I am wondering if a little less sugar would work or would the texture suffer too much? Even my kids said it could do with a little less. I am going to try 3/4 cup next time. I might also add a pinch of cardamom. I had stellar peaches and am also wondering if I can add slightly more peaches - say 500g total.
Jenni S. September 12, 2018
This was delicious. I grew up eating peaches with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkling of brown sugar. I did substitute half brown sugar for half while sugar. My husband has asked for another batch!
Alice M. September 12, 2018
Love that you enjoyed this. Brown sugar is a great idea too!
Whitney August 12, 2018
It summertime... what could be better, easier, or more delicious? Nothing, that’s what!
mousouchop August 6, 2018
Since most custard-style ice creams usually use heavy cream, whole milk and egg yolks, I'd imagine this recipe using *only* (full-fat) sour cream should already be a little lighter. This looks like a lovely simple recipe, and I will plan to make it soon.