This delicious homemade cherry ice cream has sweet chocolate chips and makes the perfect summertime dessert.
A few years ago I purchased a Cuisinart ice cream maker to try our hand at homemade ice cream. We used it a few times that first year and then I confess it has sat pretty much untouched ever since. This year I've adopted a "Use It or Lose It" attitude towards my kitchen so I dragged the machine out from the cabinet to give it another try.
I've settled on two major takeaways from our experiment this week:
- Making homemade ice cream is time consuming for a fairly small batch of ice cream. Not difficult, but definitely messy.
- Homemade ice cream is ABSOLUTELY worth the effort.
We used fresh cherries to make a homemade roasted cherry chocolate chip ice cream that was absolutely To Die For.
Just when I thought I knew every fresh cherry recipe there was, the roasted cherries blew my mind. The ice cream base was creamy, smooth, and delicious. Then I mixed in plump juicy roasted cherries, crunchy roasted almonds, and sweet chocolate chips for the perfect summer flavor.
To make the homemade ice cream, you will need:
- Whole Milk
- Cream Cheese
- Heavy Cream
- Light Corn Syrup
- Vanilla Beans
- Roasted Cherries
- Roasted Almonds
- Chocolate Chips
Tools You'll Need
- Cuisinart ice cream maker
- Ice cream containers for storing: We love these white paper cups but this reusable one would be awesome, too.
Roast the Fresh Cherries
The first step to homemade cherry ice cream is to prepare these easy Roasted Cherries so they are extra concentrated:
Rinse and dry 2 cups of fresh cherries. Remove the stems and pits. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a 9x9 glass baking dish, toss the cherries with ⅔ cup sugar and 2 teaspoon cornstarch. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
The roasted cherries become extra concentrated in flavor and the sauce is thick and sweet. Just by itself the sauce would make an amazing ice cream topping if you wanted to stop here and just use some vanilla ice cream from the grocery store.
But I highly recommend you keep going . . .
Make the Vanilla Ice Cream Base
I doubled the vanilla ice cream base so there would be plenty, placed it into our chilled ice cream machine and let it process for 20 minutes.
I added the roasted cherry mixture, ½ cup of roasted almond slices (instructions here), and ½ cup of chocolate chips and let the ice cream machine stir them to combine for 2-3 minutes.