Bobby: When I cook for a date, I like to serve ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia® is my go-to flavor when I don’t have much time, but for a special night I make my own. There is nothing more luscious than a bowl of freshly made cherry ice cream.
1 12-ounce package frozen dark cherries (2 1/2 cups), thawed
1/2 cup sugar
6 large egg yolks
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
4 ounces miniature semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar (about 2/3 cup)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
In a small saucepan, stir together the cherries and 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Simmer over medium heat about 10 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens slightly. Let cool. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until chopped but still chunky; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 5 tablespoons sugar, the egg yolks, and the salt. In a large saucepan, bring the cream and milk to a simmer. Whisking constantly, slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture until combined; return the combined mixture to the saucepan. Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until the custard has thickened enough to coat the back of the spoon, stirring constantly. Immediately strain the custard into a bowl. Set the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water to cool, stirring occasionally.
Stir the cherries, chocolate chips, vanilla, and lemon juice into the cooled custard. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Servings: About 1 Quart
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