It was 94 degrees here Wednesday.
On September 17.
Perfect fall day for
A few years ago, I gave ice cream makers to our family for Christmas. I didn't get one for myself, because I already had The Mother of All Ice Cream Makers. The White Mountain Ice Cream Maker. It's a wonderful piece of equipment when you want to make a big batch of ice cream. It requires ice and salt, makes a lot of noise and a bit of a mess. Enter the Cuisinart counter top wonder. I decided to order one for myself. WOW. So easy to use. So convenient. Love it.
If you have 30 minutes, you can whip up a batch of my Dark Cherry and Chocolate Chunk and see for yourself.
You're going to love it.
Dark Cherry and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
base recipe from Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Dessert Book
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk (preferably whole)
1 cup dark red cherries, pitted, fresh or frozen
4 oz dark chocolate, chopped ( I used Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate)
Place the cherries and chocolate in a bowl and place in refrigerator.
Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy about 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about one minute more. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
Pour into prepared container. Freeze as directed.
When almost completely frozen (after about 15 minutes), add the cherries and chocolate and continue mixing just until ingredients are incorporated.
Serve immediately, or store in freezer, covered until ready to serve.
-When it's cherry season, fresh pitted cherries are perfect for this recipe, if they are juicy, drain of any juice before adding to the ice cream. I used frozen, which I purchased in the frozen foods at Harmons Grocery. They were pitted and perfect for adding to recipes that call for fresh cherries.
-This recipe was perfect for my ice cream maker. I have the Cuisinart 1 1/2 Quart Ice Cream Maker (the image below is the updated version of what I have). I've had mine for about two years. It can handle about 4 cups of ingredients without overflowing. One of my favorite small electric kitchen gadgets. You can get one from Amazon by clicking on this image: