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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sour Cherry Gelato - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's next to impossible to have a celebration without cake and ice cream. The blog, How Sweet the Sound, the sponsor of Pink Saturday, is celebrating its second anniversary today and I thought I'd bring ice cream to the party. Actually, I decided to make a sour cherry gelato for the occasion. Gelato is Italy's lower fat version of ice cream. Because it is lower in butterfat, it does not freeze as firmly as ice cream and melts more quickly on the tongue. It also has a creamier taste because no air is added to it as it's made. I love to add a sour cherry puree to gelato to offset the sweetness of its creamy base. It is really simple to do and can even be made without an ice cream machine if you have time and patience. If you don't have a machine and would like to make ice cream or gelato, I suggest you read David Lebovitz's instructions on How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine. If you'd like to make my version of sour cherry gelato, here's the recipe.

Sour Cherry Gelato...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1 pound pitted fresh or frozen sour cherries
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon kirsch liqueur

Directions:

1) Place uncooked cherries in a heavy pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until reduced to about 1-1/2 cups. Puree cherries in a blender or food processor.
2) Heat milk and cream in a heavy saucepan until small bubbles form around edge of pan.
3) In bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg yolks. Slowly add sugar and continue beating until light and thick and mixture forms a ribbon when dropped from a spoon. Add milk mixture to eggs slowly, then add cherry mixture. Place over low heat and stir constantly until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Watch carefully. If mixture overheats it will curdle.
4) Strain through a sieve into a bowl and cool in ice water bath about 15 minutes. Pour into a covered container and refrigerate two to three or until chilled. Add kirsch. Pour into an ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's directions. Yield: 1 quart.

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52 comments :

My Little Space said...

Oh Mary, this is just so lovely and perfect for the weather here. It has been so heaty for the past few weeks. Definitely, this is cooling! Love the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it. Have a lovely day!
Regards, Kristy

From the Kitchen said...

Mary, this sounds deliciously refreshing. We'll soon have many varieties of cherries in our farmers' market--most from Michigan--and I'm book marking this recipe. I do have an ice cream maker that gets far too little use.

Have a safe and memorable holiday.

Best,
Bonnie

Aunt Snow said...

What a great idea for spring and Pink Saturday!! Where do you get fresh sour cherries?

Pat said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds and looks good!

Angie's Recipes said...

A really wonderful cool treat for the summer!
Wish you a lovely weekend!
Angie

debbie said...

HAPPY 2ND PINK SATURDAY BIRTHDAY MARY,
THAT SOUNDS YUMMY, YUMMY.
I LEARNED WHAT GELATO WAS TODAY. I HAD NEVER HEARD THAT TERM BUT WHEN I FIRST SAW IT I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE REFERRING TO GELATIN, JELLO. LITTLE DO I KNOW.
I AM GOING TO CHECK OUT YOUR OTHER RECIPES....AND MAKE IT A POINT TO VISIT YOU MORE OFTEN. I AM ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR RECIPES THAT ARE LOW IN SUGAR AS WELL AS FAT. WHAT I HAVE FOUND IS WHEN A RECIPE IS LOW IN FAT THEY INCREASE THE SUGAR.
HAVE A LOVELY WEEK-END
HUGS AND BLESSINGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

The perfect thing on a hot day!

PeggyR said...

Oh yuum, yum, double yum! This is a definite try! Enjoy your weekend!

Regina said...

Looks like a wonderful treat. Love it.
Happy Pink Saturday Mary.
Enjoy the weekend.

Atelier de Charo said...

Helado! muy rico.

Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs
Charo

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

My tree is full of cherries admittedly not sour but I am still going to give it a try. Diane

Gloria said...

Wow! Mary what beauty things you make! you are a master I know! I love cherries are wonderful, look yummy, have a lovely day, huggs gloria

lisa said...

This sounds delicious! Sour cherries are one of my favorites.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Grapefruit said...

You read my mind Mary - I was thinking of sour cherries all day today & deciding on what to make with them.
The Gelato looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I'm sure you know that gelato is an absolute favorite here and I will definitely try your version- it sounds decadent!
xoxo Pattie

Katrina said...

Ooh, that looks and sounds great! I need to find some sour cherries.

The Words Crafter said...

Oh my gosh, I just found your site through Pondside and the picture of the bite of salad made my mouth water!!! Your recipes look fantastic and I'm always looking for something new. I can't wait till one of my friends gets back from vacation so I can share your site with her!!!

Joanne said...

The tartness of the sour cherries seems like it would be a perfect accompaniment to the creamy sweet gelato. Delicious.

Bella said...

Sounds and looks delicious! Probably a silly question - but where do you find sour cherries?

Kate Smith said...

Sour cherry is one of my favorites so will have to try this. Happy Pink Saturday!

Big Dude said...

That looks so good.

Southerncook said...

WOW, this looks like pure heaven. Thanks for sharing. A wonderful summer refreshment.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Puna said...

I'm sure the gelato is really good but I wanted to say what a cute little bowl that is:)

Tracy F. said...

Looks so pretty and refreshing. Although, I have to say that pink peppermint is my favorite flavor, so thanks for that recipe, too!

Kim said...

I've never had a sour cherry gelato or ice cream before and I am totally sold! Looks gorgeous. Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Claudia said...

Happy 2nd anniversary Pink Saturday - you do it proud. I cannot sob) find sour cherries here.... and now am in mourning because I can taste the gelato - it's so close... it's so pretty...

A Write Life said...

Sounds wonderful. Hope you are having a great Pink Saturday!

Stella said...

Pretty Mary! And this sounds wonderful-my subtropical zone is starting to heat up a bit...
Ooh, and it is cherry season isn't it?

Suzie Button said...

so yummy and pink! Is heavy whipping cream fattening though? ha! Who cares! It's a party! Happy PS! Suzie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Mary, this looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe and the web site.. looking forward to trying these.. I hope you and yours have a wonderful w/k.. hugs ~lynne~

Pam said...

Which is prettier, the gelato or the bowl??? Hmmm..

bj said...

WHOA....this looks absolutely stunning, Mizz Mary. It looks delicious and so refreshing.
Thanks for the nice recipe...
hugs, bj

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

twas hot today and your sour cherry gelato would have been perfect...

i didn't know making a gelato is this simple... it's really doable. when the weather begs for one next time, i could whip up your gelato right away!

Lady Ren said...

Mary- this looks amazing. Growing up we had a hand crank ice cream maker, I didn't realize that it was possible to make ice cream without one- thanks for the tip and the link.
Also congratulations on passing 1000 followers- I love your blog and really enjoy the way that you write about food and the photographs you take- Have a great long weekend.

JEANNE said...

Hi Mary, would you believe I picked sour cherries today. Lots of them. smile. My sister has a tree. I love anything made with sour cherries. I must try this recipe.

This is a fitting recipe to celebrate Beverly's 2nd year doing pink Sat.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.
Hugs, Jeanne

Olive said...

that looks so refreshing, perfect for scorching hot summer days we have here. I love the color too, I wish I can find fresh cherries or even strawberries.

Chef E said...

I keep thinking I am going to make a gelato- I bought an old fashioned ice cream maker so hubby will not let me get a modern once since I SWORE I did not need one with the 'old' new one LOL, so I guess I will have to show him this to convince him!

bellini valli said...

This sounds like a delicious ice cream and perfect for the party Mary. I am interested in reading the article about how to make ice cream if you don't have an ice cream maker for those friends who don't.

Julie said...

Mary - I love Gelato! Pink Gelato is so beautiful. I baked a Pink Saturday cake. We can celebrate together with cake and gelato. Hope you are having a good holiday weekend.

Esther said...

Happy Pink Saturday on Sunday!! I love your recipe. Hope to see you at my blog sometime!! XX

Kait said...

Hi Mary, I'm so happy to read your Pink Saturday posts. Not only is pink my favorite color, but it's always something delicious. This gelato sounds terrific, which a nice balance of sweet and sour.

The Cilantropist said...

This gelato sounds really refreshing, and I love cherries. I am SO GLAD you shared the link for how to make ice cream without a machine!!! I will be making some ASAP. :)

Foodessa said...

I have been making gelato without the ice-cream machine for quite a while now. You really become present with the moment. It makes me appreciate every spoonful even more.
I never made it with sour cherries...great flavour ;o)...I'll have to try it out.
Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

LV said...

It is so hot and humid here today, I would give anything to have some of your sweets to cool off. Another great post and a really neat way to honor Beverly.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Fabulous! I need some right now!

Kristine said...

This looks so good! I might just try this one!
Thanks for commenting on my blog Light and Shadow, by the way. Your words touched me.
I'm your newest follower, and I will definitively come back here to check out more recipes.

Deeba PAB said...

YES I want to make this now, even if it is th middle of the night, and the hub thinks I am bonkers! It's gorgeous!!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Mary. We've been pinking together for almost a year now. Thank you for everything you do to make Pink Saturday special.

Thank you for the wonderful for the birthday wishes. No one makes Pink Saturday as delicious as you. I love gelato, and I had some mango gelato recently. I am certain it wasn't as divine as yours.

CC said...

Ohh dear Mary..
This looks beautiful and sounds delicious. Cherry anything is a favorite of mine...yummmmmm
Happy Pinks....

Maggie said...

Everything looks wonderful- since I was so lat with PS I just admired your last three days of posting!

And now I need lunch! Wish I could eat the screen!

So sorry for the belated visit! I realize I'm two days late (and a dollar short, haha!) but there are so many pinks and so little time over this holiday weekend when relatives are visiting! Happy Belated PS!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie @
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

Lucie said...

Such a perfect summertime recipe, Mary! I've never had completely cherry ice cream (usually vanilla gelato with cherries in it, for me) and this definitely sounds delicious!

Debinhawaii said...

Such a pretty, pink gelato and I love the sour cherry flavor too. It is definitely starting to be ice cream and frozen treat weather!

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