Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Ice Cream

A sweet and sour ice cream you can make any time of year.

This cherry ice cream recipe allows you to make a dessert that’s a lovely balance of sweet and sour. Using cherries from the jar will allow you to make this ice cream any time, even in the depths of winter. If cherries are in season then go for the fresh option. Like all desserts made with fruit, they always taste better with fresh ingredients.

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Use fresh cherries or morello cherries from the jar.

How to make cherry ice cream without an ice cream maker

Once you’ve chilled the ice cream base you can simply add it to the freezer. After an hour, remove and beat until smooth, then return to the freezer. Continue beating the ice cream every half hour at least two more times, three is better. This will reduce the size of the ice crystals and make a much creamier dessert.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, I recommend you check out this review of the Breville Smart Scoop. It’s one of the few appliances that will get tonnes of use over the years.

Cherry Ice Cream
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Cherry Ice Cream

A sweet and sour ice cream you can make any time of year.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Freeze time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cherry, ice cream


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 450 gm sour Morello cherries


  • Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale in colour then set aside.
  • Heat milk and cream in a large saucepan until simmering then remove from heat.
  • Slowly pour a cup of the milk into the yolks while whisking as quickly as possible. Then pour yolks back into the saucepan of milk.
  • Continue heating mixture on a medium heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon then remove from heat. Do not allow to boil.
  • Blitz cherries then whisk into the ice cream custard base.
  • Allow ice cream base to cool in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  • Churn ice cream following the manufacturer's instructions. Then add to container and freeze for at least 3 hours.
  • Serve in a dessert plate topped with seasonal berries.


Use a few drops of natural red food colouring if you want more colour in the ice cream.

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