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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

(Almost) Cherry Garcia Ice Cream





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Had the gods of mythology sampled this Ben and Jerry favorite, there would have been no talk of ambrosia and an ice cream parlor would have, instead, been opened on the top of Mount Olympus. It is remarkably good and it's Bob's ice cream of choice. It's hard to find Cherry Garcia ice cream in many parts of the world, so, each year before we leave, Bob has his fill of it while we are still in DEFCON 1. It is remarkably easy to prepare and I have only one caution should you decide to make it. It's important not to overwork the chocolate and cherry mixture when folding it into the cream. It's also important to keep the chocolate shavings thick enough to retain their shape during the process. Now to the real question. Does it actually taste like Cherry Garcia ice cream? Kinda. Sorta. Maybe. A lot depends on the flavor of the Bing cherries you use. That can vary from one pint to another, so I've started using a tablespoon of kirsch to assure that wonderful cherry flavor. The recipe is Tom and Jerry's own, so I have not included kirsch in the ingredient list. Here's how they do it.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book

Ingredients:
1/4 cup shaved plain chocolate (we prefer Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate candy bars)
1/4 cup fresh Bing cherries, halved and pitted (you may use canned cherries, but be sure to drain the syrup)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup milk

Directions:
1) Place shaved chocolate flakes and the cherries in separate bowls. Cover and refrigerate.
2) Whisk eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend.
3) Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.
4) After ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it is done), add chocolate and cherries, then continue freezing until ice cream is ready. Yield: 1 quart.

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Ice Cream Crunch Cake - One Perfect Bite
Fresh Mint Ice Cream - One Perfect Bite
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Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips - Simply Recipes
Snickerdoodle Ice Cream - The Recipe Girl
Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream - David Lebovitz

61 comments :

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is good to have it in this kind of hot weather over my place here.

Rachel said...

a true refresher considering the weather out here.

chamki said...

Kirsch, i guess that is the drop of perfection. Have a wonderful day! i know that now is night for you, so good night too!

MaryMoh said...

When hot weather comes, I'm going to enjoy lots of ice cream...mmm. Still very cold here.

Susi said...

I love Ice Cream and this one sounds delicious! In my opinion you really can't go wrong with chocolate and cherry :o)

Lady Ren said...

Cherry Garcia is my husbands favorite ice cream flavor- I am not a fan of mixing fruit with ice cream-
My parents have a wonderful cherry tree in their yard that I planted with my grandfather when I was seven- The birds usually eat the cherries though.

theUngourmet said...

I've been craving a little homemade ice cream lately. This is such a terrific combination of flavors! Yum!

Regina said...

Wonderful!
Thank you so much.

Jeannie said...

Now I have use for my carton of whipped cream! Looks pretty easy to make. But I don't have cherries so I shall have to substitute that. Thanks for the recipe Mary....Cheers!

Priya said...

Thats a catchy and prefect ice cream for hot summer..beautiful click..

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Mmmmm ice cream!

Sushma Mallya said...

Wow home made icecream looks superb...lovely presentation too mary...

Allie and Pattie said...

We've been on an ice cream binge Mary, and our machine burned out. I'm on the hunt for a new one and cherry ice cream is a favorite of my Dad's. Thank you
xoxo Pattie

A Year on the Grill said...

good tip with the kirsch... trying to get consistent results from one make to the next is difficult. Gotta remember that

Martha said...

Ah, homemade ice cream -- a rite of summer! This looks good and I like the addition of the kirsch

Cherine said...

Your ice cream looks fantastic!! A fabulous treat for the summer time!!

Julie said...

I've always heard about Cherry Garcia but never tasted it. This looks delicious. A great treat for a hot summer day.

From the Kitchen said...

Alas, we are back to chilly after our two big storms but--I know hot, hot weather is coming and so are cherries so I'm bookmarking this recipe since it has every ingredient we love. And, I think I'll add the kick of kirsch.

Best,
Bonnie

Salsa Verde said...

With all those great ingredients, the flavour must be delicious!
Love,
Lia.

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Thanks for these great ice cream ideas. My daughter's birthday is in a month, and we're planning on making some homemade ice cream to go with the cake. Now which flavors should we choose? All of these sound delicious! :)

Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

Hi,
Your recipe looks tempting. Do you have a ice-cream recipe that doesn't require ice-cream machine? I just failed in my 1st ice-cream attempt and I wanna make it work this time :)

cheers,
Miss B

tasteofbeirut said...

Totally delicious and sinful! Would love a couple of scoops of this beauty!

Clarity said...

We don't get that flavour here, so thank you, or muchos gracias to get in the spirit of it. I wonder how they came up with the name?

So looking forward to trying this after I make the metric conversions, God willing. I adore cherry and cocoa together. Peace, X.

Kim said...

The kirsch sounds like a lovely touch. Looks like a delicious ice cream, Mary.

RecipeGirl said...

Thanks for the mention on the Snickerdoodle Ice Cream :) Have you ever visited the Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont? Amazing place... and every flavor you can imagine all there for the tasting!

lostpastremembered said...

perfect ice cream Mary!!! I love the recreation since I have the best cream in the world and am looking for new ice creams to try it with... this one is wonderful!

Cathy said...

I'm having great fun with my new ice cream freezer and this looks like a recipe I have to try. Chocolate and cherries are a great flavor combination.

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

This sounds amazing, just wish the weather was a bit warmer to enjoy it.

Kait said...

Ben and Jerry knows how to make good ice cream. This looks great.

Claudia said...

You have a winner with this cherry-chocolate summery treat. Must dig out ice cream maker. Must savor.

Spicy Wifey said...

Thanks for visiting Spicy Wifey! Your receipes look AMAZING!

Quin, Co-Founder
www.spicywifey.com

Gloria said...

This look fantatsic Mary, we always love Ice Cream, huggs gloria

Tasha said...

Cherry Garcia is my husband's all time favorite. He will be so excited to know we can make it at home!

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Yummy Luscious ice cream Mary , warm days here i come!!!

Linda Starr said...

my favorite too, cherries and chococlate go so well together.

bellini valli said...

I'd have to say it is time to break out the ice cream maker once again!!!

Katrina said...

I really like the chocolate cherry combo, but my husband does not, but the kids probably do.
I will have to try this as I've been gung ho making homemade ice cream!

PeggyR said...

Oh yum now that I would try making now. We're to be in the upper 80s today with more thunderstorms...

Emmalene said...

Can't wait to try that-cherry ice cream is my favourite!

Mrs. L said...

My husband loves anything with cherries so I'll have to make this for him.

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!! A delicious summer treat :-)

The Diva on a Diet said...

I think yours looks better than the commercial brand and I'm loving the idea of the Kirsch addition too. It looks exquisite, Mary!

Hope you enjoyed the weekend and are having a beautiful Monday!

Yael said...

I am an ice cream freak and since I got my ice cream maker, it's been ice cream city here! This one is definitely next on the list. Thanks!!

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting my blog. I see many things I like here including your recipe for yummy cherry garcia ice cream which reminds me to get my ice cream maker out of the cupboard and dust it off. I also love your garden photos and will be back to check out more of your recipes, I see you have many recipes listed under Chinese, sounds good!

N S said...

Looks delicious. Your recipe sounds easy.

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

Cherry ice cream looks so kul...great treat for summer:-))

Joanne said...

Cherry garcia is a GOOD flavor. Although my favorite ben and jerry's flavor has been and will always be Cinnamon Buns. So good.

I am going to have to try to make this now that I have an ice cream maker!

Ana Powell said...

Awesome and well delicious ♥

sam said...

Absolutely devine! You're the hardest working person in the kitchen I know. .. so much talent it's unreal. Keri

The Blonde Duck said...

I like the PB ice cream from Ben and Jerry's! (Of course!)

Sophie said...

A perfect & lovely looking ice cream recipe!!!


Looks like a real delight!!!

Many kisses from Brussels!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I had a homemade ice cream failure several years ago and have not tried to make it since. I think that I am ready! Your ice cream looks divine!

Marcellina said...

Thank you for stopping over at my blog. Your kind comments are appreciated. Your blog is beautiful with gorgeous photographs. And I can see you are a very prolific cook and blogger. Good on you! Great work!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Ice Cream, is the best, hands down!

Joy said...

I think it would be my favourite ice cream too! Especially with the kirsch!

scrambledhenfruit said...

My hubby loves cherry ice cream, but for some reason won't eat Ben and Jerry's. I'll have to surprise him with this- I just won't tell him what it is! :) Thanks, Mary, for sharing the recipe.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Mary~I've been busy with family visitors.
I did take time to sneak out of the kitchen to see what you'd been up to.
It's nice to finally get a chat in too.
I'm still chuckling about your Ghee post. I "use to" entertain the idea, but quickly lost the urge at the thought of a 40+ minute cook time.
Store bought is okay with me, lol.

Cherry Garcia brings to mind my train travels to Seattle. It's my all time favorite to purchase from the bistro cart once we've left the station. I enjoy it while watching the movie. Chocolate and cherries and if your lucky a good movie is a winning combination for passing the time of a four hour ride.

Thank you for sharing the pineapple pepper jelly link. I found a raspberry pepper jelly I was able to share with my niece who came for a visit form Austin.
It was good, but not as tasty as pineapple.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for dropping my blog. I was lazy and only stirred my ice-cream every hour for 3 hours and I went to sleep. Needless to say, it turned to ice the next day. Although I managed to salvage it by thawing and refreezing, but the texture and taste was altered. Now I know what I did wrong, I will try your recipe the next time :)

regards
Miss B

oneordinaryday said...

Delightful!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oh, yum! THis sounds delish! :D

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog--I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit :-) Your blog is nothing less than amazing! Can't wait to follow along--thanks again!

And this ice cream looks glorious--it's been far too long since I got out my ice cream maker!

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