Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream AT HOME MY WAY

I've been meaning to put this recipe on for a while.  Since there's been lots of  bad press recently about Listeria and commercial ice cream (even very good, reputable brands), I thought it would be worth post this recipe.  Definitely it is always safer to make things at home.  This becomes more and more clear every single day.

My favorite ice cream is usually cherry vanilla.  I love the stuff!  And this recipe is perfectly wonderful.  I sometimes have a hard time getting homemade ice cream to be scoopable but after a few minutes on the counter, this ice cream is just as scoopable as if it were commercial, store bought ice cream.  Except for one thing, it TASTES better!  It is rich, creamy, cold, sweet, and just Mmmmm!

I think I will even use the base of this ice cream (the sweetened condensed milk + whipping cream+ half & half) as the basic base for all of my ice creams from now on.  I love it just that much.

This ice cream taste great served in a bowl or a cone.  I actually prefer cones with this flavor.  The cherries are just "the cherry on top" literally!

This recipe is easy to mix up, doesn't require eggs or cooking anything.  You basically dump it all together, chill, and then add it to the ice cream maker.  I use this Cuisinart, table top model which my mom bought me one Christmas.  It is one of those kitchen gadgets that SHE thought I would rarely use, but I use it all the time since I don't buy ice cream anymore from the store.

Here's how I made Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream AT HOME MY WAY:

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (homemade is fine - recipe coming soon)
  • 1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, DRAINED and sliced/chopped (without stems) (save the juice for something else)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla 
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (vital ingredient, do not omit)

Combine all ingredients and place in the fridge to chill well.  Then add to ice cream maker and churn until thick.

I stored mine in an old Blue Bunny container.  It fit perfectly:

This ice cream is over the top wonderful.  I hope you enjoy!


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