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by michelle

cherry vodka ice cream

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Cherries and vodka are a great match. To make this ice cream I added sour dried cherries soaked in vodka as well as fresh cherries to the base recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer.


A day or two before making this ice cream, soak ½ a cup of dried cherries in ½ a cup of warm vodka. When you’re ready to make the ice cream measure 2 cups of milk, removing 2 tablespoons to make a slurry with 4 teaspoons of cornflour (cornstarch). Heat the remainder in a saucepan with 1¼ cups of heavy cream, ⅔ of a cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of glucose or corn syrup. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour in the cornflour slurry. Stir, return to the heat and allow to thicken. In another bowl whisk 3 tablespoons of softened cream cheese with ⅛ of a teaspoon of salt. Pour in the hot milk mixture and whisk until smooth. Place the bowl in an ice bath and whisk occasionally until cool. Now add the soaked dry cherries with any remaining vodka and ½ a cup of pitted fresh or frozen cherries to the ice cream mixture (if you prefer a pinker ice cream add some red food colouring). Churn in an ice cream machine, sorbetière or over ice and salt.


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