Cherries just taste like summer to me, ripening just about the time school lets out. They were also the first fruit to ripen on our family farm, and my mother would bring home baskets of black cherries to freeze for the winter. She would send my brother and me outside, nearly naked, to pit (and eat!) cherries. We would get completely covered in black cherry juice!
There was an ancient cherry tree in our yard, too, and we would climb dangerously high to pick the fruit and eat it where we sat.
It was those memories, plus the fact that I just love ice cream (and chocolate!) that inspired me to create this recipe. It’s easy to make with an electric ice cream maker–this is the one I have (affiliate link)–and I love it!
Plus, it uses fresh cream, only a little honey for sweetener, and of course cherries–which are a fruit–so, if it’s not exactly a health food, at least it’s a healthier, real food option for a sweet summer treat.
Yeah, okay, I might have given it to my kids for lunch the other day.
Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
3 egg yolks (from pastured chickens, please)
1/3 cup raw honey (local, if possible)
3 cups of the best heavy cream you can find — not ultra pasteurized. You can substitute up to 1/2 cup of the cream with whole milk, if you prefer.
1 tablespoon arrow root powder (like this — affiliate link)
1 teaspoon gelatin (like this–-affiliate link)
1 cup pitted, chopped cherries (local and organic, if possible)
1/2 cup chocolate chunks (like these–affiliate link). A fat half-cup, is best. It’s chocolate, after all! 😉
Technically the gelatin is optional, but I was inspired by the Homestead Lady, to add it in to keep the ice cream from freezing rock-solid in the freezer–always assuming it makes it to the freezer!
It works best if you chill the cream-honey mixture in the refrigerator for a couple hours before trying to make the ice cream. Chop up the cherries and chill them, too.
When you’re ready, give the cream-honey mixture another quick stir–sometimes the honey sinks to the bottom–and pour it into your ice cream maker, as per its instructions. When the ice cream starts to freeze (again, following the ice cream maker’s instructions) add the cherries and the chocolate chunks.
When the ice cream is frozen, put it in a freezer-safe bowl, and put it in the freezer. Or you can eat it right out of the ice cream maker, though it might still be a little soft!
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