Cherry Ice Cream |

Cherry Ice Cream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Cherry, homemade ice cream
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 1 (1 serving = 1.5 QT)
Author: Nami
Cherry ice cream made with whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean and fresh summer cherries from local farm. 


  • 2 cups heavy (whipping) cream (2 cups = 480 ml)
  • 1 cup whole milk (1 cup= 240 ml)
  • ¾ cup sugar (¾ cup = 150 g)
  • Pinch kosher/sea salt (use half for table salt)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cups cherries (2½ cups cherries will be 2 cups when pitted and quartered)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

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  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 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.

Recipe Notes

Equipment you will need:

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Adapted from Lifetime Moms.


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