Cherry and Chocolate Stracciatella Ice Cream

Cherry and Chocolate Stracciatella Ice Cream

I have been enjoying cherries by the bowl full lately and while I was snacking on a bowl I was thinking about ice cream. I remembered seeing Mike's cherry frozen yogurt with chocolate stracciatella at Mike's Table and thinking that I just had to try it. I realized that I had not really done an ice cream with chocolate chips and now was the perfect time since cherries and chocolate go so well together. This recipe did not however call for chocolate chips but rather melted chocolate was poured into the ice cream when it was almost done and still in the maker which sounded like fun. I went with my standard ice cream base and I used halved cherries as I wanted some nice big chunks of cherries in the ice cream. The stracciatella ice cream was a bit more challenging to make than normal ice cream as you have to time the melting of the chocolate and pouring it into the ice cream when it is almost done but not quite. The cherry and chocolate stracciatella ice cream turned out really well. I though that I might have poured the chocolate in a bit too late but the chocolate had mostly formed nice little flakes. There were also a few big chunks which were always nice to run into. The cherry and chocolate flavoured creamy ice cream was really good!

Ingredients:
1 cup cherries (pitted and chopped)
1/2 cups sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate

Directions:
1. Heat the cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan until the sugar is dissolved and the cherries are tender, about 10 minutes.
2. Heat the cream and milk in a sauce pan until it almost boils, about 5 minutes.
3. Reduce the heat to low.
4. Add one tablespoon of the cream mixture to the eggs to temper them.
5. Add the egg mixture to the sauce pan.
6. Cook at low heat until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
7. Remove from the heat and stir in the cherries and vanilla extract.
8. Chill the mixture in the fridge.
9. Start freezing according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.
10. When the ice cream is almost done melt the chocolate and pour it into the ice cream in a thin stream.

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62 comments:

maybelles parents said...

looks decadent. I hope you ate this in lieu of dinner.

Daziano said...

Oh my goodness, what a scrumptious ice cream!!!!

doggybloggy said...

so lusty...damn thats some sweet and creamy looking flavor.

Lisa said...

Wow that looks wonderful! Thanks for stoppin by my blog. You have some amazing recipes here. I think I have to add you to my blog list!

Bobby said...

Looks great! I'm craving some ice cream badly right now :)

Mrs Ergül said...

Oh my, chocolate and cheery! Nice combo, yet again!

Bridgett said...

I love cherry and chocolate, so this would be perfect in my home. Your last picture is gorgeous of the cherries.

Poonam said...

Kevin, I want to eat all the ice cream in that bowl!

Dragon said...

So decadent and I love the colour.

Gloria (Canela) said...

Oh MG!!! eres mi perdiciòn!! Kevin always when I come here Im hungry!!!! this look lovely,yummy, gustoso, sabroso etc.etc. xxxxand the picture lovely!!! Love cherries!! xxxGloria

Terry B said...

We've been eating cherries like crazy too. This sounds like a whole new level, though. Looks gorgeous too. I must admit, however, we had a bad experience with a really bad ice cream maker and were pretty much put off making ice cream. What kind of ice cream maker do you use, and what are your secrets for success?

noobcook said...

I love cherries ... and yes, I agree that cherries + chocs sounds like the perfect companions!

VeggieGirl said...

Talk about a bowl of perfection - yum!

Esi said...

This looks seriously awesome. Makes me want an ice cream maker!

Alexa said...

This ice cream looks delicious. I love it when there is actual pieces of fruit or chocolate in my ice cream. What a great dessert!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

This looks so good! I really love the chocolate/cherry combination too.

Jenny said...

Cool, I just got an ice cream maker today, I'll have to give this recipe a whirl, it looks terrific!

Michelle said...

oh man, I LOVE when the chocolate is in flakes like that. This makes me want to run out and get an ice cream maker!

Pam said...

My mouth is watering - it always does when I visit your site. The ice cream looks amazing and so does that bowl of cherries.

Helene said...

This would fix my sweets cravings. Great picture.

Jan said...

You're da man, Kevin. This looks positively sumptuous!

daphne said...

Cherries r in season for you? How lucku!

Brilynn said...

Gorgeous! Wonderful combination! Cherries are always delicious.

Amber said...

Kevin you have such a huge fan base and well deserved. My favorite ice cream at coldstone is chocolate and I add double cherries, roasted almonds and brownie. Too bad it is 2am or I would go get some. This looks wonderful.

Marija said...

I am not a big fan of non-dairy, non-eggs "ice creams". So your ice cream sounds like a heaven to me, especially because I love cherries!

OhioMom said...

Awesome ice cream! Love the chocolate and cherries together.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Thanks for the kind words! It looks like you did a great job with this one. Its definitely one of my favorite flavors--enough that I had to whip up another batch as soon as I ran out of the first one.

Manggy said...

Hee, I love it! It's kind of like a reverse chocolate-cherry ice cream! :D

Half Baked said...

Wow

I'd scream for that ice cream:) looks delish!

Rosie said...

Oh what delights of such a scrumptious ice-cream Kevin!!

Rosie x

Jeanne said...

OMG, you're killing me here!! Chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven and I *love* the idea of using that combo as an ice cream flavour. Beautiful. Wonder if yuo could macerate the cherries in brandy first??

Gloria said...

wonderful, your recipes is good. Pls add me.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks great! I love a good stracciatella ("little shreds"). Yours looks awesome!

Chuck said...

Kevin, I keep telling myself that I must make Ice cream sometime. But, for some reason I never do. It could have something to do with my waist line lol. I have to tell you that the sound of fresh cherries and dark chocolate may have done it from me. I'm going to do it. lol

Mansi Desai said...

yeah, Mike and ice-creams go hand-in-hand! looks fabulous Kevin!:)

Deborah said...

I finally put my ice cream maker in the freezer so I could make some ice cream. Too bad I don't have any cherries to make this one!

lisa said...

What a fabulous looking summery treat!

Prudy said...

Oh, does that look good and so do the zuchinni cakes. I wish I would have seen your granola recipe earlier. I just made some this week too and yours looks so very good....

nicole said...

Oh that looks so good. I wish our cherries weren't so much here.

Grace said...

i saw some awesome cherries at the grocery store today, put em in my cart, and ended up paying $14 for them. i had no idea they'd be that much, and i hope they'll be worth it. if i make something like this, they'll definitely be worth it. :)

Gabi said...

Cherrrries and Choc mmmmm I am in heaven!
The photo is decadent!

Kevin said...

Terry B: I am using a Cuisinart ICE-20 ice cream maker. It was priced ok and I have been happy with it so far.

Jeanne: Macerating the cherries in brandy sounds good.

Jeena said...

Kevin, I would be your best friend if you gave me a bowl of this, all I can say is WOW! I love cherries so much and I just know that this would taste exellent!

carmen said...

wow, this looks beautiful - i've been wanting to try a stacciatella sometime. chocolate & cherries is one of my favorite combos too. :)

Lina said...

What I wouldn't do for a bowl of that right now!

Lori said...

Great looking ice cream Kevin! I really need to consider getting an ice cream maker.

Maya said...

Kevin:

I can't keep up with all these posts :)

I made ice cream this evening to - yours looks wonderful.

Cheryl said...

You never fail to impress me! and you have done it yet again!

Jude said...

I've had my eye on the recipe as well. Looks so good and indulgent.

Jeanine said...

Yum, that ice cream looks wonderful! Love the picture of the bowl of cherries too, makes me wish I had some at home right now!

Pearlsofeast said...

Beautuful colour and nice presentation.

Fiber said...

I'm not even kidding - I need this immediately.

Leslie said...

Oh my..heaven! I am sooo sad cherry season is almost over! This looks dangerously yummy

Aggie said...

I really wish I had a bowl of this right now. Looks delicious!

Holly said...

That looks delicious! Wow. The color of the ice cream is lovely.

Holler said...

I cannot believe I missed this one Kevin. Your ice cream sound so amazing, ice cream heaven! I am glad you described the pouring in process as I haven't tried that before.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

You still have cherries Kevin! And what a great way to use them!

Shreya said...

beautiful colour..must have tasted awesome.

Ginny said...

stracciatella is my favorite!!!!

kamailesfood said...

Mmm...chocolate and cherries. I love surprise chunks of chocolate in my ice cream.

Jaime said...

WOW!! i love cherries! yum!

shouldhavezagged said...

I really enjoyed this ice cream. I made it with the following changes, some based on preferences I've developed over the course of making ice cream in the past:

(1) Used 2 cups half-and-half in place of the heavy cream + milk. I like this better as a base due to the greasy mouthfeel heavy cream sometimes imparts.

(2) Used ~1.5 cups cherries, pitted + quartered

(3) Cooked the cherries with all of the sugar, instead of saving some sugar for the dairy. The instructions were unclear -- mentioning sugar in step 1 and 2 -- so I made a judgment call.

(4) Added the seeds from one vanilla pod to the dairy as it was heating instead of using extract.

I almost didn't add the chocolate but I'm glad I did -- I think the flavors really go well together.

I think I might add a bit less chocolate next time and even more cherries.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe! YUM.

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