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My Favorite Homemade Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream Recipe

Posted by Kyle Design on July 14, 2008

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats ID Badge Holders add some fun when you have to wear a name badge.

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats ID Badge Holders add some fun when you have to wear a name badge!

Ice cream, it turns out, is still a very, very popular treat with Americans, especially kids. According to research by Mintel International as reported in the news, 91% of adults and 98% of kids ate ice cream in the last year. But apparently the frozen dessert market is actually stagnant: there was only a 1.8% increase in inflation-adjusted sales for 2006 and 2007, and there is only a 0.5% increase projected for 2008 and 2009. Hmmm. Hey America, time to get out of a rut with a new old-fashioned ice cream flavor?

Fresh Cherries Light Switch Plates add a dash of color and fun to kitchen or dining room.

Fresh Cherries Light Switch Plates add a dash of color and fun to kitchen or dining room.

I grew up with homemade ice cream. Our family favorite was Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream (see recipe below) that we would prepare at our mountain cabin that my dad was building. We had no electricity and so would make it in an old-fashioned, hand-crank ice cream maker.

Mom would whip up the mixture in the kitchen using fresh peaches and pour it into the canister. All of us kids would take turns sitting on it to help hold it down for an adult or strong teenager to crank. We always made it at family reunions and parties. It was a activity that involved the whole family and was so much fun. (It is a great activity for any family to try!)

Mountain Night Light Lets You Dream of Fun Summer Vacations

Mountain Night Light Lets You Dream of Fun Summer Vacations

The hand-cranking men (usually) would compete to see whole could last the longest, the kids would get switched out for slightly older, heavier ones when the stiffening ice cream caused the maker to start jumping around too much. Mom would start setting out spoons and bowls for everyone as we all salivated and worked up a sweat.

And the result was just the taste of summer to me. Mixing up a batch nowadays takes me right back to those warm, wonderful, lazy (for the kids, at least – my school teacher dad was busy 12 hours a day building the cabin) summer days in the middle of nowhere where the only noise was the sound of wind moving through tree branches, and the hammer pounding nails….

And it just seems that when you have to work for something, it is that much sweeter when you get it.

Cabin Favorite Cherry Peach Rum Ice Cream Recipe

2 c. half & half
1 c. milk
3 eggs
Dash of salt
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. rum
1 ripe peach, chopped fine
5 cherries, (fresh or Marischino) chopped fine

In a cold saucepan, beat and mix together the eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar until thick. Then pour the half & half and milk into the mixture of eggs and sugar while stirring. Turn on burner and heat gently, stirring until the mixture thickens. (Do not allow the mixture to boil or it will curdle.) Remove the pan from the heat when a film forms over the back of your spoon. Allow to cool. Stir in chopped peaches, cherries and rum. Transfer to canister and begin freezing in ice cream maker.

The time really got away from me writing this post – guess I just drifted off into happy thoughts of my childhood and the minutes just melted away…. Time to get back to work!

Ice Cream, Homemade Ice Cream Recipes, Vacations, Peaches, Cherries, Rum, Family, Kids, Switch Plates, Switchplates, Black Switch Plates, ID Badges, Night Lights, Summer, Mintel International, Consumer Products Research, Unique Gifts.

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