Drunken Cherry Chocolate Chunk Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
If you are ice cream obsessed like me, I love to eat ice cream all the time!! Since July is National Ice Cream Month, I have an excuse to eat it every day!! I just couldn’t resist sharing with you one of my favourite ice cream recipes. Drunken Cherries with Dark Chocolate, a combination made in ice cream heaven!
2 cups (250ml) whole milk
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
4 large egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
2tbsps of quality rum or vodka
¾ cups of fresh cherries quartered
¾ cups of chop quality dark chocolate
Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk and then add the bean pod. Remove from heat and cover and infuse until mixture cools.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk and then slowly pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour until all the milk is in the egg mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.
Strain the mixture into the heavy cream. Let completely cool. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the mixture to cover. This will help avoid a milk skin on the mixture. Refrigerate to chill thoroughly about an hour or overnight.
Pour mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Add the rum or the vodka to the cherries and let stand.
Once the ice cream is ready, add the cherries, chocolate chunks and stir well. Place ice cream in a plastic container and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
Note: With Peach season right around the corner, why not make August National Ice Cream Month and substitute the cherries for peaches!
SERVINGS 4-6 | PREP & COOK TIME 1.5 hours + overnight for setting