Try your favorite ice cream flavor with a boozy twist.
1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream*
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 cup half-and-half
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract
1/2 cup drained and coarsely chopped canned, pitted cherries in heavy syrup
3 tablespoons bourbon
How to Make It
Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in vanilla.
Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.
Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions; stir in cherries and bourbon halfway through freezing. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
*Granulated sugar may be substituted.
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I'm fairly new to making ice-cream - only two batches under my belt, so far. Now, I haven't tried this recipe yet, but if I get an answer to my question, I will definitely substitute Amaretto liqueuer for the bourbon. Almonds and cherry marry so well! QUESTION: Missing from the directions is whether to drain the cherries. "In heavy syrup" was expressly called for, which raises the question. I just can't imagine any of that liquid being added to the base, so why should it matter what kind it is? I prefer the bottled Dark Morello Cherries in light syrup (from Germany). Any advice on the heavy syrup? Thanks!
The flavor on this was pretty good! The bourbon was there, but definitely not overpowering. The only reason i didn't give this a higher rating was the texture. This one came out pretty icy. I think that if you used more cream and less milk, it would correct the problem. And to make the cherries stand out a little more, I might also puree some cherries and add it to the base before churning, as well as add cherry pieces. This recipe is almost there! Just a little tweaks to make it really stand out.
I used 2 c. half and half and 1 c. of 1% milk since I had that on hand. I felt it was creamy enough and didn't get icy. I also used the full canned of drained cherries. The flavor was good, but honestly I would have been hard pressed to guess what flavor it was if I didn't know. I couldn't taste the bourbon, either.
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