Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe - Ice Cream From Scratch (2024)

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Fresh, homemade and simple to make, this cherry vanilla ice cream is creamy, sweet, and perfectly with the addition of cherries.

Tested to ensure perfection, you’ll love making sundaes or cones with this sweet treat.

This homemade cherry ice cream is ready to enjoy in just a few short hours.

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If you’re looking for more ice cream recipes, you’ll want to try Sprinkles Ice Cream Next.

CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM RECIPE

Make this Philadelphia style cherry vanilla ice cream with simple to find ingredients. This recipe has no eggs, so there is no cooking involved.

Cherries are such a delicious fruit to make ice cream with.

Kids love making this homemade cherry vanilla ice cream with me. They like to get involved with mixing everything together.

You can make this cherry vanilla ice cream in any electric ice cream machine, or a hand cranked one if you like. Make sure your ice cream machine bowl is in the freezer so it’s ready to go!

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CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM INGREDIENTS

Heavy Cream– The basis for any good ice cream is rich heavy cream.

Whole Milk– A mix of both heavy cream and whole milk creates the perfect ice cream texture.

Granulated Sugar– Any good ice cream will have a good amount of sugar in it.

Honey– Honey is added for additional sweetness, and also to help keep the ice cream from freezing too hard.

Vanilla Extract– I always recommend using the best vanilla extract that you can reasonably afford. The flavor really shines in this recipe.

Salt– Balance the sweetness of your ice cream with just a bit of salt.

Canned Cherries– 1 can is the perfect amount for this recipe. Don’t buy cherry pie filling, just plain canned cherries.

If you have any questions about this cherry vanilla ice cream, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

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HOW TO MAKE CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM

  1. In a large bowl, combine heavy cream, whole milk, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped cherries and remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  3. Pour the heavy cream mixture into the bowl of the ice cream maker.
  4. Churn the ice cream mixture in the machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions, until it is thick and the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  5. Add half of the cherry mixture and churn for two minutes until fully combined.
  6. Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or loaf pan.
  7. Dollop the remaining cherries into the pan and lightly swirl them in. Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream. Freeze until solid.
  8. Allow ice cream to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions in this cherry vanilla ice cream, please see the recipe below.

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No-Churn Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

For no-churn cherry vanilla ice cream, chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM

Use quality ingredients –When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients for the best outcome.

Chill out –If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes.

Don’t skimp on the fat –High fat milks and creams are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.

Don’t go crazy with the add-ins –If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea. One idea is to add in 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of pieces of chocolate cherry brownies.

Don’t skimp on the sugar –Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture in ice cream.

We love using it in Spumoni.

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CAN I MAKE CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM WITH FRESH CHERRIES?

While I’ve created this cherry vanilla ice cream recipe using simple to find, canned cherries, you can make it with fresh cherries instead.

This would be an excellent recipe to make use of locally grown cherries when they are in season!

If using fresh cherries, remove the pits and loosely chop them before adding to a bowl with sugar. Allow the fruit to sit in the sugar on the counter for a few hours, or in the fridge overnight.

This will soften the cherries and make them the right consistency to add to ice cream.

HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE CHERRY VANILLA ICE CREAM

Store extras of your ice cream in an air tight container (we really like these reusable ice cream containers) in the freezer for up to 2 months.

For maximum freshness, cover the exposed top of the ice cream with plastic wrap so that no air is touching the ice cream.Before serving, allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature until soft enough to scoop.

If you love cherry ice cream, you’ll want to try this cherry cordial ice cream next.

WHY DO I ADD HONEY TO HOMEMADE ICE CREAM?

Honey added to this recipe for cherry vanilla ice cream adds both sweetness and texture. Using honey in place of some of the sugar keeps the ice cream from getting too hard and icy in the freezer.

You can substitute corn syrup for the honey if you wish. You can also use all granulated sugar.

The cherry vanilla ice cream will still taste delicious, but it will need more time to soften up before scooping.

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Yield: 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes

Fresh, homemade and simple to make, this cherry vanilla ice cream is creamy, sweet, and perfectly with the addition of cherries.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 15 oz. can of cherries, (about 1.5 cups), drained and roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Chill the ice cream bowl for at least 24 hours or until solid. You should not hear any water sloshing around when you shake the bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, combine heavy cream, whole milk, ½ cup of the granulated sugar, honey, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine chopped cherries and remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Stir until combined. Set aside.
  4. Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine took about 20 minutes), until it is thick and the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
  5. In the last two minutes, add half of the cherry mixture and churn until it is fully combined.
  6. Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or a loaf pan.
  7. Dollop the remaining cherries into the pan and lightly swirl them in. Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until solid.
  8. Let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Your ice cream bowl and ice cream base need to be very cold before starting the ice cream machine.
  • If using fresh cherries instead of canned, allow the cherries to sit in the granulated sugar until they get soft.
  • Substitute agave syrup or corn syrup for honey if desired.
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 396Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

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