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    Homemade Cherry Ice Cream made with vanilla bean and fresh summer cherries from the local cherry farm.

    Cherry Ice Cream in cones.

    Since July is National Ice Cream Month, I have decided to share a few more ice cream recipes this month. It’s been a mild summer so far in the Bay Area but I’ve been testing quite a few ice cream recipes. I love the smile on my children’s faces when they eat my homemade ice cream happily. It’ll be sweet memories I cherish when they grow up one day.

    Cherry Tree.Two weeks ago our family went cherry picking in Brentwood, California. It’s about 1-hour drive from San Francisco, and there are many orchards and farm fields in the area. This was the 2nd year we went cherry picking with our friends and their children and we all had a great time.

    Cherry Ice Cream in cones.

    Cherry season is usually between May and June, so we were actually late this year going in the last week of June. Quite a few cherry farms had already closed for the season but we were able to find a few that were still open. It gets hot in this area so you might want to start picking fruits earlier in the day (we started around 9:30 AM) especially if you have small children. The cherries were $3 per pound, and we also went peach picking right after and they were $1 per pound. It’s the best way to get the freshest produce and also a great way to support local farmers.

    Most of our cherries were enjoyed fresh by themselves but I also saved some to use in this ice cream recipe. I didn’t get to use it for baked goods this time but if you are interested, I baked Cherry Clafoutis last year.

    Cherry Ice Cream in cones inside a glass cup.

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    Cherry Ice Cream in cones.

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    Cherry Ice Cream |
    Cherry Ice Cream
    Prep Time
    30 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Chilling Time
    1 d 3 hrs
    Total Time
    1 d 3 hrs 35 mins
    Cherry ice cream made with whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean and fresh summer cherries from local farm. 
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: Cherry, homemade ice cream
    Servings: 1 QT
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 2 cups heavy (whipping) cream (480 ml)
    • 1 cup whole milk (240 ml)
    • ¾ cup sugar (150 g)
    • Pinch kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • 1 vanilla bean
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 2 ½ cups cherries (2 ½ cups cherries will be 2 cups when pitted and quartered)
    1. Gather all the ingredients. Freeze the ice cream maker's bowl for 24 hours. If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out here.

      Cherry Ice Cream Ingredients
    2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 cup of the cream, sugar, and salt.
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    3. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise with knife and scrape the seeds with spoon.
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    4. Put both seeds and pod in the pan.
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    5. Stir the mixture over medium heat until sugar completely dissolves.
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    6. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, the rest of the heavy cream (1 cup) and milk. Mix well.
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    7. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight) until completely cold.
    8. Pit cherries. By the way, a cherry pitter is a great investment ($13) if you have small children who loves cherries or you enjoy making cherry desserts every year - it's super quick to pit cherries!
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    9. Cut cherries into quarters.
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    10. Take out the vanilla bean pod before churning. Process the mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (about 25 minutes). Or follow
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    11. In the last 5 minutes add in the cherries. My ice cream maker bowl is 1.5 QT so I had to stop churning and add cherries. Combine ice cream and cherries well.

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    12. Put the ice cream in an airtight container and let it firm by freezing it for several hours.
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