Caitlin Bensel
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
12 Hours 30 Mins
Yield
Serves 10 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This creamy, goat cheese-base ice cream showcases seasonal Bing cherries, which have an intensely sweet and tangy flavor. Go the extra mile and make homemade waffle cone cups for serving (and a fun presentation!). Keep leftover ice cream in your freezer for when your sweet tooth strikes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place cherries in a single layer in a baking dish. Bake at 425°F until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain; cool completely, about 30 minutes. Place in a small bowl; cover.

Roasting fresh cherries softens their flesh and evaporates water, concentrating their flavor. Softened cherries also blend better into the custard.
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Step 2

Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl until light and pale. Combine half-and-half, evaporated milk, corn syrup, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-low. Cook, whisking often, until just simmering, about 10 minutes; remove pan from heat. Gradually pour 1 1/2 cups hot half-and-half mixture in a steady stream into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add egg mixture to remaining half-and-half mixture in pan.

The eggs in the custard will curdle if they get too hot. Gradually adding the simmered half-and-half mixture raises the custard temperature slowly.
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Step 3

Return pan to medium-low, and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened and coats back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl; cover. Chill covered bowls of cherries and custard in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.

Cook the custard: Whisk nonstop to heat evenly. The mixture is ready when it reaches nappe consistency, thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
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Step 4

Pour chilled custard into freezer bowl of a 2-quart electric ice cream maker, and proceed according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container. Drain chilled cherries to remove any juices that might have accumulated overnight; fold cherries and goat cheese into ice cream. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Once the custard has firmed up in the ice cream maker, gently fold in goat cheese and the cherries, drained to keep the custard from turning pink.
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