Ever had that So Delicious Cherry Amaretto Coconut Ice Cream or Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream? I have, and they are pretty darn tasty. But I don't like all the other added ingredients (or the agave used to sweeten). And speaking of ingredients, I was thinking about amaretto today. What is it? Oh okay, thanks again Wikipedia, it's a liqueur. No wonder I didn't know this. I am (err, was) a beer drinker. Don't know too much about those fancy liqueurs. I looked at three popular ice cream brands that were "cherry amaretto" and you know what? I did not see amaretto in any of the ingredients. Hmmm. I am not going to go through the trouble of buying a bottle of liqueur for an ice cream recipe if Haagen Dazs won't. I'm not a Mad Men character, what am I going to do with a bottle of amaretto liqueur anyway? Okay, so almond flavoring will have to do. And it did. And it's delicious. And by golly, it tastes like this and this. And can't say for sure, but maybe even this. So there you go with the amaretto info.
And oh yes, yeah for cherry season!!
Cherry Amaretto Coconut Ice Cream
dairy free, cane-sugar free
-2 1/2 cups fresh pitted sweet cherries (comes out to 13 ounces)
-1/3 cup honey (vegans use maple syrup, NOT SCD or Paleo)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1. Blend the above ingredients until smooth.
2. Add the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until thick.
3. Transfer ice cream into a glass container and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.
4. Remove 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow ice cream to soften a bit.
*I have made this ice cream two ways. The first is the method in this post. The second way is to leave 1 cup of the fresh cherries out of the blended mixture. Finely chop the 1 cup of cherries and then add them into the ice cream maker in the last few minutes of churning. At this time you can also add in 1 cup of cacao nibs, chocolate chunks, or finely chopped almonds.
Other ways to enjoy the beloved cherry
In a smoothie
In a pie
In a "cheesecake"