Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
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Rich and incredibly decadent, this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat to cool you down this summer!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1⅓ cups halved pitted cherries (about 13 ounces whole cherries)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup dark rum (or you can use water)
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Put the cherries, 2 tablespoons sugar and the rum in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, then refrigerate until very cold, 2-3 hours.
  2. In the meantime, heat the milk and the remaining ½ cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking so the sugar dissolves.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl.
  4. Gradually whisk about ½ cup of the warm milk mixture into the eggs, then whisk the egg mixture into the saucepan. Cook and stir constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and registers 168 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; add the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate and the butter and set aside until the chocolate melts, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Refrigerate until chilled, 2-3 hours or overnight.
  7. Churn the chilled chocolate mixture in an ice cream maker.
  8. Strain the cherry mixture while reserving the syrup. When the ice cream is very thick, add the cherries and continue churning until incorporated. Transfer to a freezer-safe container.
  9. Drizzle in the reserved cherry syrup and swirl with a spoon. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
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