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cherry marzipan ice cream

this is an original recipe

step 1
3/4 cup milk
2 cups pitted cherries (reserve pits)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
step 2
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs cherry herring liquor (optional)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup heavy cream
step 3
1 cup chopped cherries
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
3-4 oz marzipan--cut into bits the size of a small almond

step 1
blend together the pitted cherries and milk to break up, but not puree the cherries.  place in a heavy saucepan.  add back the cherry pits and stir in 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup sugar and salt.  bring to a simmer then turn off heat.  allow to steep a minimum of 2 hours or until cool. *if you allow to sit more than 2 hours, place in the refrigerator to steep after 2 hours have passed.  

step 2
strain the mixture and place into a clean saucepan. meanwhile, whisk together, in a bowl, egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, cherry herring (optional), and almond extract . whisk until the egg becomes pale and all ingredients are fully incorporated.  heat the cherry-cream mixture to a simmer, then pour about 1/2 of cup into the egg mixture whisking the egg mixture while doing so.  this is called tempering the eggs.  slowly pour the remaining warm cream mixture into the egg, and whisk until fully incorporated.  pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and place over very low heat.  using a rubber spatula, continually stir the egg mixture until it begins to thicken to a nappe (you should be able to wipe your finger across the back of the spatula and have the "trail" remain.  do not let the mixture simmer or boil. once you have obtained the desired consistency, pour mixture through a sieve into a clean bowl.  allow to cool for 1 hour, then add 1 cup heavy cream and stir to incorporate.  refrigerate 8 hours or overnight to meld the flavors.

step 3
at least 1 hour before churning, place 1 cup pitted and chopped cherries, lemon juice and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a bowl and macerate for 1-2 hours.  

step 4
prior to churning the ice cream, drain the macerating cherries and stir the juice into the ice cream base.  churn your ice cream according to the manufacturers instructions. in the final minutes of freezing and churning, add in the cherries and marizipan and allow them to mix in fully.  the ice cream will be quite soft. eat immediately, or freeze until ready to enjoy.