Today’s post is from my dear friend Jessica from The B Keeps Us Honest. She is always experimenting with new recipes and is graciously sharing her homemade Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream recipe! Someone pass me a spoon…
I like just about any fruit. But up until about… Oh a month ago I thought I hated cherries. See, I’ve only ever had maraschino cherries and their yucky bug juice. (The red dye used in maraschino cherries comes from crushed female cochineal beetles.) So I’d written off cherries as one of the few fruits I will never eat. That was until I politely declined a fresh cherry that a friend offered me. She asked if I’d ever tried one and to my recollection, I had not. So I gave it a go. Low and behold, it was delicious. Who knew?
That was until I politely declined a fresh cherry that a friend offered me. She asked if I’d ever tried one and to my recollection, I had not. So I gave it a go. Low and behold, it was delicious. Who knew?
So last week when Whole Foods had a great sale on fresh cherries I was totally there. I decided to make homemade Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream for Father’s Day. (It’s one of Joe’s favorites.)
Here’s how you make delicious homemade Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream without the bug juice.
- 3 cups - heavy cream
- 3/4 cup - granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 vanilla bean - split in half lengthwise
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped fresh cherries, pitted
- In the medium sauce pan, pour 1 cup heavy cream then add the sugar and salt. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the pan and add the pod. Stir the mixture over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extra and the rest of the heavy cream.
- Chill the mixture thoroughly in a covered container. (about 25 min)
- Remove the vanilla bean before churning, just rinse it and reserve for another use.
- Follow the manufacturers directions for your ice cream maker.
- Add cherries for the last 5 minutes of churning
- Serve immediately or freeze and eat later!
This recipe makes a thick and creamy gelato-like ice cream. You could easily add chocolate chips or anything else really. It’s one of the easier ice cream recipes I’ve made and totally worth the time.
Do you like homemade ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?
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