Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream Recipe
This recipe makes classic vanilla ice cream with a slight undertone of almond and dotted throughout with fresh cherry pieces.
This homemade ice cream is made with a whole bag of frozen sweet cherries, balanced perfectly with semisweet chocolate chunks.
I am only new to making ice cream and I have had some epic fails with my experimentation (i.e too eggy, too icy, too hard to do). This is the best recipe base by far. It is quick and easy and I can just add whatever I want. I have reduced the sugar to 1/2 a cup (especially when adding cherries in syrup or a dessert sauce) and omitted the almond extract and it is still awesome. 1/2 cows milk and half almond milk was good too. I also agree to chop the cherries smaller if that is what you want to mix in.
Very cool, creamy, and easy to make. I used half-and-half and heavy cream. I had 1 lbs of fresh bing sweet cherries, pitted, half of it rough chopped, the other, sliced in halves. After reading others review I omitted the almond extract. I used 1 vanilla bean, spilt lenghwise. TIP: Please use vanilla beans if you can! They make such a difference! Once combined, I chilled everything before making the ice cream, about 4 hours or so. Took 30 minutes to make in the ice cream maker and it was so creamy, rich and smooth which is perfect on a hot day. I loved the frozen cherries I bit into. I am glad I left out the almond extract. This turned out fantastic. I just kept on eating and eating. I would definitely make this again, but without the almond extract and using real vanilla bean! UPDATE 08/12/11: Made this again but with 2 cups of Maraschino Cherries. I rough chopped some and halved the others. So super delicious! Sweet, juicy and "candy" like cherries swirled in vanilla ice cream. My family ate this entire r
Cutting cherries in quarters would be my only suggestion for improving this recipe. If you just cut them in half, they are a little too large and like hard balls when frozen. They are much more manageable in quarters. Otherwise I really loved this recipe!
I used 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a hlf cup of sugar, no almond extract. I chopped up the cherries in a mini chopper. yum1
Delicious and so simple! I used fresh Rainier and Bing cherries and followed the recipe exactly as written. The almond flavoring sets it apart from just plain vanilla ice cream. I like that there's no eggs and no cooking involved. Took me 10 min to put together. I'm making this for our 4th of July gathering.
I read the reviews, and did make a few adjustments. We're not into overly sweet anything these days (3/4 cup of sugar sounded like a lot), and I really wanted to enjoy the pure creamy flavor of the decadent whipping cream (a treat for us), so I cut the sugar to 1/3 cup which worked perfectly (just a person taste preference). I also cut the almond extract by half to 1/2 tsp, and that was more than enough to not dominate. I wanted the tasty Rainier cherries to be the flavor star, not the almond extract. That being said, this was the perfect dessert, with a great balance between vanilla and cherry, for a July 4th grilled steak dinner.