Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cherry Chip Ice Cream

It's Labor Day weekend, which necessitates dragging out the ice cream freezer.   We are having people over for a BBQ.  Are you?  Then you need to make some ice cream, and homemade cones!   This is one of our favorites.  I use this ice cream base for pretty much all ice cream, and then I add my favorite mix-in.  So if you are not a fan of cherry chip, then try something else like Heath Bars, or Snicker's candy bars.   Anything goes.

Base:

3 cups whole milk
1 cup cream
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix in:

1 - 10 oz. jar Maraschino cherries, chopped in half
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped (or you can use semi-sweet mini chocolate chips)

Directions:

a.  If I am in a hurry, I whisk all of the incredients together (except the mix-ins) and process it in an ice cream freezer.

b.  If I have time, I cook the ingredients and make a light custard, let it cool, and then process, which makes for a creamery texture.  If you want to try this method, here's how you make the custard:

In a medium bowl, add the eggs and sugar.
Whisk to combine.
Set aside.

Place the milk a heavy saucepan.  Place over medium heat, and  heat to just below a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.

Slowly pour 1 cup of the hot milk mixture over the egg mixtures while whisking constantly.

While whisking, slowly pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the milk.
Heat mixture very slowly to medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure eight pattern.

Cook gently over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the custard thickens to the consistency of a runny gravy.

Remove from heat.

Add cold cream to stop the cooking.
Add the vanilla.

Pour into a storage container and refrigerate until completely cold.


Freeze in an ice cream maker, and stir in chips and the chopped cherries when the ice cream is semi soft.


Makes a little under 2 quarts.