Sunday, September 6, 2009

fresh cherry ice cream with chocolate chunks

on the day i bought my quilt fabric from joann's, i walked by a shelf of $5 cookbooks. there were tons of them and all featured great pictures and basic recipes. i have to hold back on things like this, because for $5 i could have put them all in my cart. i decided to practice restraint and just pick one. i came across delicious ice cream and looked no further. paging through had my mouth watering and i moved toward the quilting supplies satisfied with my choice.

i can't find the book anywhere online but at qvc, so if you're interested and it's not still available at joann's, here's a link. (boo, it's not $5!)

it was hard to choose which recipe to make first, but i had a bbq to attend and a bag of cherries in my fridge...not much decision had to be made.

crushed cherry-chocolate ice cream (adapted from delicious ice cream)
1/2 c sugar
2/3 c water
1 1/4 c fresh cherries, pitted
2 tbsp orange juice
1 1/4 c heavy cream
2/3 c light cream
1/4 c chopped dark chocolate

1. over medium heat, combine sugar and water, stirring until dissolved
2. bring to boil and boil for 3 minutes
3. reduce heat, add cherries, and simmer for 10 minutes
4. cool for one hour
5. place cherry and syrup mixture and orange juice into food processor, process until coarsely chopped
6. pour heavy and light creams into large bowl and whip until mixture holds its shape
7. fold in crushed cherry mixture
8. add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions
9. before transferring to freezer container, stir in chocolate chunks

chocolate, cherries, ice cream. yes.

this was tasty! it's truly hard to go wrong with fresh cherries, heavy cream, and chocolate. i think people at the bbq really enjoyed this - it was pretty much gone after dessert. personally, i could have added more cherries and been even happier, but i like a high fruit content in my chunky, fruity ice creams.

i'm excited to try out other recipes from this book. i keep leaning toward a honeycomb ice cream and i'm really not sure why i haven't whipped a batch up yet. then there's champagne sorbet that looks dreamy and true to title, delicious. there are also recipes for traditional sauce toppings. even for the qvc price, i'd recommend this yummy cookbook.


Shirley said...

omg! First thing I said was Alauna know how to make Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Since my favorite of all time is Cherry Garcia I may have to dig the ice cream maker out of the basement and try this. MIL

Joelen said...

Gorgeous pics and even more delicious flavor for ice cream! Great job!

Thomas said...

Yum! I want. Also, honeycomb ice cream? Yes, please. That almost sounds as good as fried cinnamon-honey ice cream with papadillos or whatever they're called at Mexican restaurants.