I bought two pounds of cherries this week, planning to make a double batch of boozy cherries but then I changed my mind. I am allowed to change my mind. I am an adult. I do it all the time.
Instead, it felt like it was time to make some ice cream. Last August, I made a key lime pie ice cream using the whipping cream and condensed milk thing that was all over the blogs. Since I don't have an ice cream maker, this method was very appealing to me. It's certainly not a light treat - consisting of nothing but heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk and add ins, but it was ridiculously easy and really, really delicious. If you can whip cream and you own a freezer, you can make this stuff.
When I think cherry, I immediately think dark chocolate and so I used some tiny dark chocolate chips and then threw in a few tbls of toasted, slivered almonds for good measure. When I tasted it before it froze, I was afraid I couldn't taste any cherry and was worried that it wasn't going to turn out but after a day in the freezer it had just enough cherry in there and I don't know if I would change a thing.
Cherry Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
2 cups of whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup chopped cherries + 2 tbls pureed cherries
1/2 cup tiny dark chocolate chips or chunked up dark chocolate2 to 3 tbls toasted almond slices, crunched up
whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
Meanwhile, mix the cherry puree and chopped cherries into the condensed milk. Make sure to taste it at that point to see if you want it have more cherryflavour. Remember you are going to dilute the flavours when you mix it into the 2 cups of whipped cream so if it's too subtle before you mix it into the cream, it's going to be way too subtle after.
When you are sure you like the balance of flavours, fold the cherry and chocolate condensed milk into the bowl of whipped cream.
Pour this delicious goodness into a freezer container of some sort and freeze if for at least 5 or 6 hrs.
|it won't look pretty at this point|
|much prettier once everything is folded together and ready for the freezer|