Homemade Cherry Ice Cream
If you want a secret recipe to blow everyone away during the holidays, you should certainly consider homemade cherry ice cream. Think about it; everyone loves ice cream and cherries are some of the healthiest fruits available on supermarket shelves. Put it all together and you’ve got one of the beat holiday or summer desserts that you can ever serve to loved ones, friends, and family alike.
For this, you will need about three-quarters pound of pitted cherries, three-quarters cup of milk, one and three-quarters cup of cream or yogurt depending on your preference, half a cup of white sugar, a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. There are also additional ingredients that are optional but are guaranteed to bring an extra bang to your recipe; cherry liqueur, rum or Irish cream, and chopped bittersweet chocolate for that chocolate-chip effect.
To begin, mix the cherries, milk, a cup of the cream or yogurt, sugar, and salt. Heat the mixture in a saucepan until everything blends together into a homogenous solution. Once the mixture reaches a point where it looks steamy, lower the heat to warm the mixture and keep it as such for about 15 minutes. Now, you are ready to blend or puree this liquid in a blender. Make sure that the lid is tight and shut because the hot temperature of the liquid will push on the lid and cause it to spill if not properly kept shut.
Once the mixture is consistent, add the remaining cream or yogurt to your homemade cherry ice cream. You can chill this mixture overnight or until it is cold all throughout.
This mixture is now ready for the ice cream maker to transform your simple solution into homemade cherry ice cream. But before you do that, make sure to add the lemon juice and rum to give it some flair and finesse. Now, use your ice cream maker to transform the mixture into “liquid gold” from its humble beginnings. Not all ice cream makers are the same so be sure to follow your manufacturer’s instructions when making this homemade cherry ice cream recipe. To finish, gently add the chocolate chip and gradually fold in to retain the consistency of the mixture. Put this in the refrigerator for an hour to let the ice cream set and your homemade cherry ice cream is now ready to serve to family and friends.
You can also opt to add other types of fruit to your homemade cherry ice cream base mixture in order to create a “fiesta” recipe of sorts but make sure to finely chop the fruit beforehand. Also check that you are combining fruits that work together, not fruits that provide stark contrast that may eventually ruin the flavor. These are decisions best left to experimentation and trial-and-error so feel free to exercise creative license in the kitchen when fashioning your own homemade cherry ice cream recipe.
Remember, if you are not yet confident, feel free to stick to this homemade cherry ice cream recipe. But if you are sure you can now add tweaks of your own, then go ahead. In the kitchen, you are only limited by your imagination and your palate so make sure to work with both to create the best homemade cherry ice cream recipe that you can proudly offer to friends and family this holiday season or at any time afterwards.