Monday, July 11, 2011

Cherry Ice Cream

I was absolutely sure that my ice cream making days were over. But, I found out that July is actually National Ice Cream Month. Obviously, I had to do something to celebrate it. Plus, I saw this creamy, dreamy bowlful of Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream that Katrina of Baking and Boys had created on her blog. The picture alone made me want to make it. I was even more overjoyed to find that the recipe didn't require any egg yolks, so it could be adapted to my skim-milk versions. To top things off, it just so happened that cherries would be on sale at the grocery store the very next day. Well, with all the stars lining up like that, how could I not make this ice cream.

So, I ran to the store, bought more milk, and got some luscious looking bright red cherries. I used skim milk and fat-free yogurt in place of the whole milk and cream. As a note, it will come out icier this way, so if you like a creamier version, you can make it the other way. In addition, I threw in some chopped cherries since I love having pieces of fruit in my ice cream.

The ice cream came together really easily. The longest part of it is spent pitting the cherries (for those of us poor souls without a cherry pitter). Still, it's all worth it when you see that gorgeous pink ice cream churning away in your machine. I also followed Katrina's instructions and added some melted chocolate during the last five minutes.

Ahhh, life is indeed a bowlful of cherries, or, in this case, a bowlful of Cherry Ice Cream. Happy National Ice Cream Month!!!

Cherry Ice Cream (adapted from Katrina of Baking and Boys)

12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) ripe sweet cherries, pitted
2 c. skim milk
1/2 c. fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 c. sugar
pinch salt
chopped cherries
melted chocolate
a few drops of red food coloring

Put cherries, 1 3/4 c. milk, sugar, and salt into a medium sized saucepan over medium heat until the mixture is just barely forming bubbles around the edge. Reduce the heat to low and let sit for 15 min. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree, being careful since the liquid is hot. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl and discard the remaining bits.

Stir in the remaining 1/4 c. milk and 1/2 c. yogurt. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Pour mixture into bowl of ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions, 20-25 min. In the last five minutes of churning, add the chopped cherries and drizzle in some melted chocolate. Put the ice cream in an airtight container and freeze for a few hours.

Makes 1 quart

This recipe is linked to:
My Meatless Mondays
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
A Marvelous Mess
Tuesday Night Supper Club
A Little Birdie Told Me
Hearth n' Soul Hop
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Cast Party Wednesday
Whisking Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked
Made it on Monday
Recipes I Can't Wait to Try


  1. Gosh I've never attempted icecream..aren't you good?! This looks just delicious and I love the colour so much.

  2. What a gorgeous looking ice cream! Love that pink color and the fruit in the ice cream. Yeah, I love pieces of fruit in mine too! :) Gosh, I better go invest on an ice cream machine soon!

  3. This is indeed mouth watering especially in this heat ....slurp!

  4. So pleased to find yet another idea for ice-cream. My list of flavours to try is getting so long at the moment but that can only be a good thing, can't it?

  5. This looks crazy good. Chocolate and cherries are the perfect combo.

  6. Looks so lovely! Will definitely try this recipe. Thank you for the idea and also for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment. x

  7. I am trying this soon1

    I have been on a Homemade Ice Cream kick this last week. So far I have made 5 different flavors!

  8. Your ice cream looks so good and the colour is simply gorgeous! I wish that cherries are more affordable over here! In fact I just enquired from the market last weekend and the price was RM58.00 per kg, almost USD20.00/kg! How much is it over there, just curious! :)

  9. My girl LOVES cherries.... Can't wait to try this! What a perfect summer treat!!!

  10. Oh my, this looks delicious! I love the color of the ice cream.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe,
    Holy Cannoli Recipes

  11. I should not have seen this! It looks like a recipe for my absolute favorite ice cream ever. Yummy! I don't have an ice cream maker but I want one so I'm going to save this recipe. Thanks, Lisa! :)

  12. My husband and I received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift, it's the kind that calls for rock salt ( which we can't find anywhere) so we've never used it. But I've been wanting to break it out and try out own ice cream and this one looks right up my alley! Looks delicious Lisa :)

  13. I don't normally like cherry flavored items..but I would try this ice cream in a heart beat! It looks so good and gorgeouuuus!

  14. Just perfect, July is ice cream month, that could be dangerous:-) I am such a fan of anything cherry, so this sounds so lovely:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  15. Oh my goodness! The cherry ice cream looks wonderful and reminds me we have not made ice cream in a VERY long time! Thanks for sharing the recipe and linking to TMTT over At The Well this week. :-)

  16. my husband would love this!! yet another reason i need an ice cream maker!

    visiting from tempt my tummy!

    the july giftaway is on! hope you'll enter!!

  17. Yummy! I love ice cream! My family would love this!!!

  18. I love the color of this ice cream.

    Sunday is National Ice Cream Day and I am hosting an ice cream social. I hope you will stop by and link up this great post. There is a giveaway for the participants.

    Have a great weekend! La

  19. I have bought soooo many cherries this week, with them being on sale in my local grocery. This ice cream looks delicious, especially since it's lower fat. I think it's a perfect way to use some of my cherries! :)

  20. We are hosting an ICE CREAM theme linky party all this week! We'd love to have you come on by and link this delicious ice cream treat.

    Hope to see you there, Thanks a million!

  21. Not only a beautiful dessert, but a delicious and healthful one too! Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me...". I'm excited to share this recipe with my viewers on the FB page...


  22. Now with a celebration like that (ice cream month)...July is a month I could get along with!!

    Great post and thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  23. oh yeah! please don't ever stop making ice are my frozen treat idol! thank you for sharing another fabulous recipe with tuesday night supper club!