Oh this ice cream. I know I am currently 31 weeks pregnant with an insatiable taste for sweets but this really is some of the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted. The best part is that it is so easy to make thanks to the Cuisinart ice cream maker I just bought AKA my new best friend. Cherries and almonds are such a good match and the hint of vanilla doesn’t hurt either. Think lusciously soft pink slightly almond-y cream studded with juicy fresh sweet cherries. My mouth is watering.
The best part is that there is no cooking or chilling to this base so you can throw it together last minute before company comes over (or while you wait for your favorite show to start) and then 20 minutes later you have the most crazy delicious fresh ice cream with zero preservatives or weird thickeners. So easy! So delicious! Make this before cherry season is over. No wait, make a triple batch because it really is that good.
makes about 2 pints
1 pint of fresh sweet red cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups half and half
3/4 cup caster or bakers sugar
1 tablespoon really good vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Combine cream, half and half, sugar, vanilla and almond extracts in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour into the pre-chilled base of your ice cream maker and add the chopped cherries. Churn according to manufacturers instructions for 20-25 minutes, until the ice cream is thick and creamy. If a harder consistency is desired refrigerate for 2 hours, otherwise it is ready to enjoy!