Cream cheese creates smooth texture and peaches add sweetness for this homemade ice cream.
In a large saucepan combine 1-1/2 cups of the half-and-half or light cream, granulated and brown sugars, and eggs. Cook and stir over medium heat just until boiling; remove from heat. (Mixture will appear curdled.) Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually beat in hot mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
In a blender container or food processor bowl blend or process half of the peaches, covered, until nearly smooth. Coarsely chop remaining peaches and set aside.
Stir remaining half-and-half, pureed peaches, lemon peel, lemon juice, and vanilla into chilled mixture. Freeze in a 4- or 5-quart ice-cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Stir in chopped peaches. Ripen 4 hours.
Meanwhile for topper: In a plastic bag crush ice-cream cones with a rolling pin, reserving bottom tips, if desired, for garnish. Combine crushed ice-cream cones and almonds.
To serve, scoop ice cream into individual serving mugs or bowls and sprinkle with topper. Top with ice-cream cone tips and peach slices, if desired. Makes 14 (1/2-cup) servings.