Roasted cherry ice cream. Plus booze. Plus chocolate. Plus a giveaway!!
Recently, I learned a valuable lesson about instructions and how you should read them. And then proceed to follow them. True story: Cuisinart sent me their Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker, which I’ve been doting on for the past week. I’ve made homemade ice cream several times in the past, but for some reason, receiving this new maker-o-delicious-things got me so in a huff that not only did I bypass the instructions, but I un-learned how to make ice cream entirely.
There I was, all hot to trot about making roasted cherry ice cream…over-thinking each and every step so that the whole thing would come together into an explosion of magical boozy cherry bliss (plus the chocolate), and I got so caught up in the recipe for the ice cream base, plus the booze/cherry roast (plus the chocolate), that I put all the common sense on hold and tossed every single component to the recipe into the ice cream maker…roasted cherries and all (plus the chocolate).
So…if you’ve ever made ice cream, you’re well aware that you make the base in the ice cream maker and mix the goodies in by hand once the ice cream has finished churning. Because ice cream makers don’t like solid objects. Nope. They certainly don’t. What happens when you put allllll the goodies in the ice cream maker is a whole lot of womp wooooomp. What you end up with is an upset kitchen appliance and no ice cream. An edible slush, maybe. But none of the ice cream.
But because I was deeply confident in the explosion of magical boozy cherry bliss, I let my tarnished ego breathe for a day or two and then started again. Rinse. Churn. Repeat.
The second time around, I had the whit to follow proper protocol and what came out was worthy.
The only thing better than the fact that there are roasted cherries studded all up in this ice cream, is that the cherries are roasted in booze. Did you know liquor helps keep fruit soft when it’s frozen? True story. Adding liquor to your ice cream base also helps keep the ice cream soft.
As strange as it may sound, I used tequila for the booze portion of the ice cream, because it’s what I had on-hand. I thought the tequila worked very nicely, but you can also use bourbon or brandy. Or anything, really.
I made this ice cream vegan by using two cans of full-fat coconut milk (no egg yolks required!!). Aside from liquor, fat also helps keep ice cream soft and un-ice crystal-y. The first time I made this recipe (as in that time I put all the solid objects in the ice cream maker), I used one can of full-fat coconut milk and one can of lite coconut milk. No dice. It did not a good ice cream (slush) make. I 100% recommend using full-fat coconut milk, lest you end up with a less than stellar ice cream. Ain’t nobody got time for less than stellar.
Hey guess what? You can make ice cream at home, too! Cuisinart is giving away a Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker to one lucky winner. All you need to do is follow the rafflecopter below.
The giveaway ends August 8, 2014 at 12:00 am EST. The winner will be notified by me through email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
Now it’s time to booze.
Recipe inspired by Bojon Gourmet’s Roasted Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream.