Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream with Cherry Pie

 

Ice Cream:

 1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups half n half
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup pitted cherries, pureed in food processor
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ounces chocolate, broken into small pieces (I used bittersweet 60% cocoa chocolate, but you can use any kind you like)

Heat cream, half n half and sugar in a small saucepan until sugar completely dissolves.  Add vanilla and cherry puree.  Transfer to a bowl or 4 cup pyrex and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until completely chilled.  Transfer to your ice cream maker and process for 25 minutes or until as thick as desired.  Add chocolate pieces and process for a minute or so, to mix in.  If you are not eating the ice cream right away, transfer to a plastic container and cover surface completely with plastic wrap and freeze.

Crust:


3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup ice water

Place dry ingredients in a food processor and process for a couple seconds.  Cut up the butter and add through feed tube, processing using on and off pulses, until it resembles course bread crumbs.  Add ice water slowly through feed tube (do not add ice) only until the dough comes together into a ball.  Remove dough and cut into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into discs, place each between two floured sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for one hour.

Pie Filling:

5 cups pitted cherries or berries
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons heavy cream for glazing
Sugar (I used Raw sugar) for sprinkling

Prebake the pie shell:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out the larger piece of dough between two floured pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper, to make rolling easier.  If dough is not pliable yet, whack it with the rolling pin a little.  When dough is slightly larger than a 9 inch pie pan, remove top piece of plastic wrap and place rolling pin on dough and gently roll up dough around pin, transfer onto the pie pan and unroll dough.  Press into pie pan and crimp the edges as you like.  Place a piece of parchment paper or foil over dough and fill with pie weights or dry beans.  Bake until the rim of the crust just feels set, about 8 to 9 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully lift the foil or parchment paper and the weights from the crust.

Prick the bottom and sides of the pie crust in several places with a fork.  Return the shell to the oven.  Bake until the crust is almost done but not browned, about 8 minutes longer.  Cool the pie shell for about 15 minutes before filling.

Raise the oven temperature to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss the cherries with the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon zest and juice.  Transfer to the pie crust.  Dot with the butter. 

Roll out the remaining dough into a circle the size of the pie.  Using a 2 inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds of dough.  Place in a decorative pattern around the top of the pie.  Gather scraps and continue to roll out dough and cut rounds until the top has been covered. 

Brush the top with the egg glaze and sprinkle with the sugar.  Cover the rim of the pie with aluminum foil strip or a pie shield, which is what I use, to prevent the rim from overbrowning.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and cook until golden brown, watching carefully, for about 30 minutes longer.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.