Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cherry cheesecake ice cream


July is cherry season and, of course, ice cream season! I've been a little behind this year on making my first summer ice cream, but here it is -- a soft, smooth, creamy ice cream made with milk, cream cheese, and sour cream. I tried to make this ice cream taste like the filling from a delicious cheesecake and then added some sweet cherries to complete it. It turned out great! It's definitely a rich ice cream and it turns out really airy and fluffy from the cream cheese (which makes it really difficult to make "perfectly" round scoops, especially when it's hot). To make this even more like a cheesecake, you can sprinkle your dish with some graham cracker crumbs or even add some graham cracker pieces when you add the cherries. 

Summer is really flying by this year -- actually, I feel like 2014 in general is flying by! So don't forget to make some homemade ice cream to enjoy on a hot and lazy summer day. 


Cherry cheesecake ice cream
2 cups whole milk
5 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
pinch of sea salt
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup pitted and chopped sweet cherries

In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium-low heat, whisking often, until it is heated through. Whisk in the cream cheese, salt, and sugar (I used just over 1/3 a cup - you can taste the base and add more keeping in mind that it will taste less sweet once frozen). Continue to heat and whisk until the cream cheese and sugar are melted and thoroughly combined. Turn off the heat and whisk in the sour cream.

Pour the mixture into a bowl or large glass measuring cup. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least three hours. Keep the cherries in the refrigerator as well.

When cold, churn the ice cream base in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions. After about 10 minutes (once the mixture begins to resemble soft-serve), add the cherries. Continue to churn until the ice cream reaches your desired consistency.

Serve immediately or pack into a freezer container and transfer to the freezer for a harder ice cream.


What was I cooking one year ago?: pepper jack & zucchini cornbread
Two years ago?: Larb (Laos beef salad)
Three?: currant & ginger scones
4?: peach lassi

20 comments:

  1. Gah--summer cherries, cheesecake, and ice cream? I'm in!!!

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  2. yum! love both cherries and cheesecake! great combo!

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  3. I still haven;t made my first ice cream of the season, either! I think I need to change that ASAP - putting it on my to-do list for the week! =)

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  4. This is the perfect celebration of summer in one bite. I so wish I had an ice cream maker.

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  5. I am SOLD! Love this wonderfully creamy and beautiful summer treat, Amy.

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  6. Love the slightly melti-ness of your ice cream, such a lovely simple combination!

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  7. I am so jealous of your fresh cherries!
    The ice cream looks really yummy! Wish that bowl is in front of me right now!

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  8. I love homemade ice cream! And with cherries? Yes, please. Terrific recipe -- thanks.

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  9. Oh wow! This ice cream looks so thick, creamy, and delicious! What a great way to use fresh cherries!

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  10. I love that you used cream cheese and sour cream! I bet it's delectable with the fresh cherries!

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  11. Wow, lovely dessert!!!
    the icecreams seems so smooth...

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  12. Delicious looking ice cream, like the cream cheese and the sour cream in it...and of course nothing will beat the fresh cherries...yum!
    Hope you are having a fabulous week Amy :D

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  13. I am in heaven that its summer and all the wonderful creative ice cream recipes are popping up. This is a totally creamy, tangy example.

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  14. Anything cheesecake-flavored and cherry infused sounds good to me!

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  15. Oh how I wish I had an ice cream machine…this sounds so good.

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  16. This sounds like my kind of ice cream!

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  17. yummmmmier ice cream great I love this :) sweet :) Thank you for sharing :) personal chef in austin tx

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  18. This is summer on a plate!
    Love this cool cheesecake :)

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  19. Cream cheese, sour cream & cheeries - I'm in!! Just hand me a spoon!

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  20. I would have to have people standing by to eat this the moment it was made or I'd scoff the lot myself. Looks divine!

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