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Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

In my corner of the world, we are experiencing one of the hottest and driest summers ever and I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do when I am sweltering hot is to stand in the kitchen and cook or eat big meals. Despite how busy and active my kids are, they tend to be light eaters in the heat too, so I like to make sure they are grazing on filling, good-for-you snacks and mini meals frequently throughout the day such as salads, smoothies and homemade frozen treats made with wholesome ingredients. 

As some of you know, I am a huge fan of making homemade popsicles, so Zoku kindly sent my family a Zoku Ice Cream Maker to try. The first batch of ice cream we whipped up was this yummy Homemade Cherry Ice Cream. I happened to have a huge bowl of cherries in the fridge because they are in season locally right now, so making a batch of homemade ice cream was the perfect way to use some of them up and stay cool at the same time.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

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This recipe for cherry ice cream makes 1 quart of ice cream or enough for 6 Zoku ice cream bowls. The full version of this recipe can also be prepared in most ice cream makers. Just follow the manufacture’s instructions included with the unit you own. If you only want to make a single serving of cherry ice cream, I have also included a recipe for making just one bowl at a time in a Zoku Ice Cream Maker. 

How To Make Homemade Cherry Ice Cream In A Zoku Instant Ice Cream Maker

Before you can use the ice cream bowl, it needs to be frozen ahead of time for at least 12 hours. For best results, your ingredients should be chilled too. If you start with warm or room temperature ingredients, the ice cream will take longer to freeze and the bowl will thaw at a faster rate.

Pour 5 ounces of chilled, prepared cherry ice cream mixture into the ice cream bowl. With the plastic Zoku ice cream spoon, begin scraping the sides of the bowl, folding the semi-frozen pieces that start to form into the middle. 

How To Make Homemade Cherry Ice Cream In A Zoku Ice Cream Maker

Continue scraping and stirring for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens into the consistency of a soft serve ice cream. Stir in chopped cherries. If you prefer a harder ice cream, continue scraping and stirring for another 10 minutes.

How To Make Homemade Cherry Ice Cream In A Zoku Ice Cream Maker

Dig in and enjoy! 

When you are done eating, simply wash the bowl in warm, mild soapy water with a soft cloth. It is not dishwasher safe. Dry the unit really well and place it back in the freezer so it is ready for the next time you want to make a bowl of ice cream. If it is not completely dry before putting back in the freezer, frozen water droplets will form on the bowl.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream | Includes Single Serving Recipe For  Zoku Ice Cream Maker

We had a ton of fun making this homemade cherry ice cream and even more fun eating it! I will definitely be buying all my family members their own Zoku Ice Cream Maker. We have since tried a few more tasty recipes, including a couple from the Endless Summer Recipe Book and I can’t wait to share them with you in the coming weeks.  With six fun colors to choose from, every member of the family can have their own favorite color of Zoku Ice Cream Maker.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe made with fresh cherries, milk and cream.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 quart or 6 Zoku Ice Cream Bowl servings

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups pitted cherries, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Zoku Single Serving Cherry Ice Cream Recipe:
  • 1/4 cup pitted cherries + 2 tbsp, finely chopped pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 3 1/2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Remove and set aside 3/4 cup of cherries. Chop these cherries into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place the remaining cherries, sugar and lime juice into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and completely pureed.
  3. Add the milk and cream and blend for a few more seconds.
  4. Immediately, pour 5 ounces of the cherry milk mixture into each of the frozen Zoku ice cream bowls. There is enough to make six bowls of ice cream.
  5. If you are not using all the mixture right away, store the remainder in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  6. Begin scraping the sides of the bowl with the plastic Zoku spoon, folding the thickening ice cream into the center. Continue to frequently scrape and stir for approximately 10 minutes, or until the mixture has reached a soft serve consistency.
  7. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the chopped cherries into each bowl.
  8. If you prefer a harder ice cream, continue scraping and stirring for another 10 minutes.
  9. Dig in and enjoy!
  10. Single Serve Instructions:
  11. Follow the instructions posted in the full version of this recipe to make a single serving of homemade cherry ice cream in a Zoku Ice Cream Maker.

Single Serving Recipe For Making Just One Bowl Of Cherry Ice Cream

If you only want one bowl of ice cream and don’t want to make a full batch, follow the recipe for making just one serving at a time in your Zoku Ice Cream Maker. 

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream | Includes Single Serving Recipe For  Zoku Ice Cream Maker

If you liked this recipe for homemade cherry ice cream, you may also like some of my homemade popiscle recipes that we have made using our Zoku Quick Pop Maker.

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