Cherry Almond Ice cream

cherry ice cream

Nothing tastes better on a hot summers’ day than ice cream, don’t you agree?

cherry ice cream

frosted pail of ice creamThis time of year, my thoughts start to turn towards the 4th of July, picnics and cherries…

cherries

cherries

cherry juice

So in honor of my beautiful country’s birthday, July 4th, I thought a recipe for cherry ice cream would be perfect!

cherry ice cream

The first thing you will want to do is find some nice red sweet cherries…

cherries

 Wash them well, then remove all stems and pits.You are going to stain your hands when you do this so if you don’t want all the cherry juice under your fingernails, you might want to wear plastic gloves. Roll a knife around the outside of the fruit, then use your fingertips to pull out the pit.        

Slice the cherries into small pieces until you have about 3-4 cups of cherries, depending how cherry-filled you would like your ice cream…

cream

         Cherry Almond Ice cream

2  cups heavy whipping cream 

4 egg yolks

2 teas almond extract

1 can sweetened condensed milk

red food coloring, optional

3-4 cups of pitted, sliced cherries

Beat the cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, put the egg yolks, extract, and condensed milk. Mix well,  then fold in the whipped cream. Add some red food coloring, if you desire a pinkish color to your ice cream then fold in the cherries. Pour mixture into a freezable half gallon container, with a lid and freeze until firm.

This is a very hard ice cream straight out of the freezer so set the ice cream out at least 20 minutes prior to eating then – enjoy!  :)

cherry almond ice cream

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