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Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream

Well figures it’d take going halfway into summer for me to finally upload an ice cream recipe, but hey this recipe is worth the wait!

Hey everyone! Once again we’re entering new territory on the blog; today we’re making soft serve ice cream with the option of actually using an ice cream maker. I’m not normally an ice cream person during the summer, more of a sorbet or popsicle person, but this recipe post, which is also going to be in conjunction with another soon to be post, is awesome and light and soft serve! Which if I have to eat ice cream during the summer it’s going to be soft serve.

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

Adjustments: when it comes to size adjustments, you may want to know, which you can also see on the recipe, that this makes 1 quart of ice cream (4 cups). When I first made this ice cream I thought it would be too much, but if you think about it 1 cup of ice cream for every person in my apartment really isn’t a lot and they actually wanted more; so making the actual amount this ice cream originally makes might be a good idea for your first time making it, but for your second or third or if you just feel confident in your ice cream making skills, doubling the amount might be a good thing to think about when making this ice cream. Also, the rum in this recipe is optional as well. I just like to sometimes remind myself that I’m over 21 by added a little bit of booze into my desserts.

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

Alterations: well if you for sure what to do an alteration, which I won’t object to, just make sure to never tell me! (just kidding) then another stone fruit like plums or peaches could be a nice turn, since neither of them are too sweet. If you fancy a berry option, then blackberry or strawberries could be a great option as well; and shhhhh…..if you really want to go over the top, using some grapes (I would choose seedless purple) would be a nice twist to any recipe at all really!

In terms of flavor I love white chocolate and I’ve converted most of my roommates into loving white chocolate; while it’s not “technically” chocolate I feel like it’s superior to milk or dark chocolate, the flavor it gives is seriously able to combine with virtually any other ingredient; it gives a little nutty flavor and I just remember eating those white chocolate cookies-n-crème Hershey bars when I was a kid! I used to kill those things!

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

And when it comes to cherries, they were on sale and I hadn’t use cherries all summer. I think cherry ice cream is great and I usually gorge on it during the winter time (which is when I usually eat ice cream) and since cherries are usually paired off with dark or milk chocolate, I wanted to give a little shine to cherries with white chocolate. (psst! the white chocolate is melted! This is even better in my book because you get a smooth consistent taste of white chocolate throughout the entire eating process)

Helpful Hints & Suggestions: now I know making your own ice cream at home can seem iffy; which is probably why I don’t do it all the time, and making it without an ice cream maker as well can get a little intimidating as well, but don’t fret because this base is more of a custard than an ice cream, which helps stabilize the whole process and, excuse my language, it’s really hard to fuck up ice cream.

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

 

The directions are very specific with detailed instructions, but you should know that mixing the egg and pouring the hot milk over them and the cooling down process, its stuff that really anyone can do. I put thermometer instructions if being very detailed in temperature is your thing, and I’ve put visual instruction as well if visual learning is you thing, but all in all have confidence in what you’re making. So many times I second guess myself and stress for no reason just to surprise myself with the turnout and I’ve been baking for 10 years, so remember to not underestimate yourself. YOU”VE GOT THIS!

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

When it comes to cooking and freezing time, you should know that’s its fine to take your time! I took nearly two days to make this out of sheer laziness. I love recipes that work around your schedule and emotions because at times I would feel the need to hurry and enjoy making my own ice cream and then at times I would just think “screw it, I’ll give it some attention in a little bit”. You can let the mixture sit overnight and nothing bad will happen. This entire process can be done in a day, but making it two or three day’s works as well.

Roasted Black Cherry & White Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream || The Crowded Kitchen

Ta-Ta-For-Now: well that’s all for now. If you have any questions whatsoever ask in the comments section and I’ll reply as quickly as possible. I know you’ll really enjoy this recipe even if you do use some of the alterations (traitor!) ||once again just kidding||. Enjoy your morning, afternoon, night or whole day everyone!

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