Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peach Ice Cream with Bourbon Caramel (Accidentally No Machine) #IceCreamWeek

Welcome to Day 3 of Ice Cream Week 2014! This year the event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We have teamed up with 25 amazing bloggers to treat you to tons of amazing ice cream recipes. Ice Cream Week is shaping up to be the best week ever!

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So... the story of this ice cream. I've been on a peaches and bourbon kick. Either flavored bourbon, or a fresh peach muddled into regular bourbon... either way, delicious. I even made cupcakes with the same flavor combo. It's really a match made in heaven! I decided to try a sweet cream base with chunks of juicy fresh peach, and make homemade caramel to drizzle on the top, which is where I'd hide a sneaky shot of bourbon to tie it all together.

Turns out, sweet cream ice cream is SUPER SIMPLE TO MAKE. No custard base, just super easy: cream, milk, sugar. Bam. Caramel? Also super easy to make. Sugar, salt, water, cream. This would take NO TIME AT ALL!

...guess what. It took a whole evening. Because my freezer decided to randomly be not-so-freezing (the knob must have gotten bumped), and my ice cream bowl was not chilled through. To make matters worse, I had slacked off and needed the ice cream the next day to make it in time for Ice Cream Week!

So I did this the sort-of-old-fashioned way. Metal bowl, freezer, stir every half hour until it's done. However, in the end it was 100% worth it. Look at that gorgeous bowl of peachy, bourbon-y goodness! Heaven.

And before I get to the recipe! Be sure to swing by all of today's Ice Cream Week Participants:
Now, onto the recipe!

Peach Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Bourbon Caramel
For the Ice Cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe white peaches, cubed (or puréed if you prefer a smoother ice cream)
For the Bourbon Caramel
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs bourbon (more or less, to taste)
  • pinch of salt
-For the Ice Cream: stir together all ingredients and chill until completely cold (2 hours or more). Process in ice cream machine until done, pour into container and freeze until completely firm.

OR. Pour into a metal bowl and place in freezer. Every 30 minutes, pull out of freezer and whisk vigorously. Do this for 3 hours, stirring every half hour, until thick (think, milkshake-you-can't-sip-through-a-straw). Pour into container and freeze until firm.

For the sauce: over medium heat, mix together water and sugar. Stir regularly until deep amber in color. Remove from heat.

Quickly add the cream and step away as it bubbles up violently. When subsided, add butter and whisk until thick. Add bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Pour into jar and let cool to room temperature.


  1. So glad it ultimately turned out for you, because this looks perfectly delicious! Caramel is my weakness for sure, although I haven't tried it with peaches before! I can't wait to combine one of my favorite fruits with my favorite ooey gooey treat - yummmm! Thanks!!

  2. Bourbon caramel??? Can I eat it with a spoon?? Fine, I'll have the ice cream, too :)


    1. Yes! Though I think I just want to like, jump in a vat of it.

  3. Bourbon caramel?? Sound incredible! Looks incredible too...esp on that gorgeous ice cream!

  4. OMG it looks AMAZING! Great job! Last time I made caramel it was an epic fail! LOL!

  5. I love this!! Such a great idea for ice cream!

  6. Yum! This looks delicious! Making it without an ice cream machine sounds pretty intense though! : )

    1. Yes. I could skip my workout for the day, because I think I developed arm muscles just from whisking...

  7. homemade vanilla with blackberries

  8. That bourbon caramel sounds so good. You weren't kidding when you said most of your recipes had booze - i love it!

  9. Yay widget! Also, I'm totally going to make this magic shell.

  10. I love chocolate with marshmallow!