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Lady Bird Johnson's Peach Ice Cream

Lady Bird Johnson, the first lady best-known for her love of wildflowers and programs to beautify the nation’s roadsides, was also famous for the desserts she served at the White House and at the Johnsons’ “Texas White House” in Johnson City. Here’s her simple recipe for peach ice cream.

If you’d like a less-rich version, you can use low-fat milk and half-and-half instead of the whole milk and whipping cream.

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pint whole milk milk
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • ½ gallon ripe peaches, mashed and sweetened to taste

Beat eggs in heavy saucepan until thick. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add milk and whipping cream; mix well.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; continue cooking and stirring until mixture thickens and coats a metal spoon. Let it cool.

Stir in peaches and pour into freezer of a 1-gallon ice-cream freezer, and freeze according to directions.



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