Friday, September 7, 2012

Cherry Ice Cream with Cashews and Marshmallows

It's Friday again! Can't believe two weeks have already gone by since school started! But I'm glad that my daughters are really enjoying school! Would you believe that my youngest, Cherlin is already receiving an award today? She'll be awarded "Hippest in the House" this afternoon! It's how they call the star student award in their school. This award is given every month to one student in each class who has best exhibited the identified monthly character trait. For September, it's RESPONSIBILITY. As Cherlin's mom, I know that she's such a very responsible little girl...but I'm not sure how she was able to impress her teacher within such a short span of time! For her to be able to do that in just 1 week is really amazing...and I am truly proud!!! (^.^) Oh well, before I get over excited about it, I better go on with the real reason why I am here, and that is to bring you this yummy treat...
It's Cherry Ice Cream with Cashews and Marshmallows! I made this a few weeks ago, and it's so good that I want to share it with you before summer ends. I used a pound of fresh sweet red cherries for this. I blended ½ cup of the cherries with cream and milk and the rest was made into a compote which I added to the ice cream in the last few minutes of churning. My daughters requested that I added cashews and marshmallows too, so that's what I did! The result is a delicious and refreshing frozen delight that I'm sure you'll love just like we did! 

Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½  tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb sweet cherries, pitted and quartered
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup roasted cashew, coarsely chopped
Procedure:
1. In a small bowl, toss about ½ cup cherries with 1 Tbsp sugar. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook remaining cherries with 1 tsp lemon and ½ cup sugar for about 20 minutes or until cherries are soft. Allow to cool down.
3. In a blender, whip heavy whipping cream, milk, vanilla and reserved cherries until fluffy. Chill the mixture for at least one hour.
4. Pour in your ice cream maker and churn. Mix for about 25-30 minutes or according to manufacturer's instructions. Add the cherry compote, marshmallows and cashew during the last 5 minutes of churning. Transfer ice cream in a tightly sealed container and freeze until ready to serve. Store-bought ice cream containers will work well for this.
* If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the ice cream mixture into a wide, airtight container and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Beat ice cream mixture with an electric mixer until smooth. Put it back in the freezer for 40 minutes - then beat with an electric mixer. Repeat "40 minute freeze-then-beat cycle" 3 times. You can choose to either beat your ice cream mixture every 40 minutes until frozen or let your ice cream mixture freeze on its own. Either method works fine but the more you beat it, the softer it will be. Toss the cherry compote, marshmallows and cashew into the ice cream after last beating.
A wonderful Friday and an enjoyable weekend to all of you!

13 comments :

  1. Tina you are tempting me to buy ice cream machine. I saw them in JC penny. This chery ice cream with cashew is one die for.

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  2. I think now I need to buy an ice cream maker :)looks so yum

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  3. Yummy yummy,Tina..
    Hope u'll drop by my space & join my space too,Tina:)
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  4. That looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious! Congrats to you and your daughter for her award :)

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  5. You want to swap ice cream ?! lol Your cherry ice cream looks absolutely delicious ! The fresh cherries sounds really great ! Congrats , Cherlin ! Make your Mom proud by having more awards in this school year ! :D

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  6. I like it and there are more than enough reasons to like this recipe. Ice cream, cherries, cashews, marshmallows..

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  7. Congrats to your daughter! I'm sure she's excited, kids need this at the beginning of school year to encourage them.
    This ice cream can drive me crazy and make me add few pounds, it looks yummy and the combination of ingredients used is sooooo tempting :)

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  8. Mmm, this is a perfect way to say goodbuy to summer Tina! The ice crem looks so rich in flavor!

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  9. Your ice cream looks divine. Glad your daughter is liking her school. :)

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  10. You truly know how to put everything delicious into one creation my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. Yummm! Perfect ice-cream Tina! I would love a scoop please? Sorry for coming over this late, I am finding time to catch up on all the reading I missed out. Till then.. happy cooking and baking my friend!! xoxo

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  12. love it noow I am hungryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  13. That's a great mix - I love that you used both marshmallows and cashews to really balance out the flavor of the cherries.

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