Hey there foodie fans! February is National Cherry Month. I honestly have no idea why though because cherries aren’t in season until June! Maybe it’s because they’re red, tart, and sweet – the same descriptors one would use for their Valentine. Either way, a big thank you to Kaylin of Keep it Simple, Sweetie for hosting our event this month.
I was hoping to make Cherry Champagne Floats. I didn’t want to buy cherry liquor so thought it’d be fun to make it! I was really excited about this culinary endeavor and went in search of frozen cherries. Unfortunately the grocery stores here do not have frozen cherries! They have cherries in a cherry berry medley (which, fun fact, I use in smoothies) but there aren’t any bags of just cherries!
With cherries and ice cream on the brain I decided to go with dried cherries. I made an easy egg free ice cream base and tossed in chopped tart dried cherries and chopped up dark chocolate. I made this ice cream while my parents were visiting – I know my dad always needs something sweet after dinner and this ice cream would be perfect. It was a hit! It has that tart bite from the cherries, the smoothness from the ice cream, and that rich chocolate note from the dark chocolate.
This recipe makes 6-8 servings.
Vanilla Ice Cream with Dried Cherries and Dark Chocolate
- 1 1/2 C milk
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 C heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 C chopped dried cherries
- 1/2 C chopped dark chocolate chips
- In a saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in milk with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat and add in the cream and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Follow the instructions for your ice cream maker. Towards the end of churning, add in the dried cherries and chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to serve.
*This recipe is adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-chip-ice-cream-sandwiches*
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