Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

This week for Summer Fest we are celebrating with Cherries! I’ve been picking up cherries by the bucket load around L.A. at all my local farmers markets. I like them sweet and firm and I’ll eat then plain, baked, sauteed, or pretty much any way you can think to cook a cherry. While trying to decide what kind of recipe to share today, that incorporated lots of fabulous cherries, I decided that with all these heat waves across the country, this is really the perfect excuse to create a new ice cream flavor!

Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

There really isn’t anything better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day. Okay, maybe homemade ice cream with a cherry chocolate truffle flavor. ummm heck yes!! Bring me a bowl of that any day of the week and we can be friends forever! I’m pretty excited about this ice cream! Can you tell? So excited in fact, that I hid it behind all the other ice creams in the fridge in hopes that my boyfriend just grabs whatever is in front of him and doesn’t go digging for my latest obsession. The syrupy cherries and the chocolate truffle flavors are kinda a fabulous flavor explosion in your mouth on top of super decadent and rich vanilla ice cream that is made with 7, yes 7, egg yolks. Hello calories. Whatever, calories don’t count when you’re eating ice cream right?

Check out the recipe below and all my fellow Summer Fest friends posts!

Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

Yield: 8 servings

Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

Decadent homemade Vanilla Ice Cream adapted from David Lebovitz with Cherry and Chocolate Truffle add ins.


  • 3 cups Bing cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the pitted cherries and sugar. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the mixture becomes slightly syrupy. Add the lemon juice and stir. Transfer mixture to a container and refrigerate until needed.
  2. In another medium saucepan, add 1/2 cup cream and bring to a simmer. Remove pan from stove and add the chocolate, stirring the mixture until the chocolate has fully melted. Transfer mixture to a container and refrigerate until needed.
  3. In yet another small saucepan, combine the milk, salt, sugar and vanilla seeds plus the bean. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover and remove from heat to let the vanilla infuse for an hour.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and whisk.
  5. Reheat the milk mixture over medium heat. Slowly temper the eggs by adding 1/3 cup of the warm milk mixture to the eggs and constantly whisking. Repeat this step 3 times. Then transfer the entire egg mixture into the milk, still on the stove, and cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is thickened enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  6. Strain out the custard mixture into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the remaining heavy cream. Cover mixture and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if preferred.
  7. Churn the ice cream according to your ice cream makers directions.
  8. Immediately after the ice cream has churned, scoop half of the ice cream into a container. Dot the top of the ice cream with the cherry mixture and a slightly warmed chocolate mixture. Using a knife, make figure 8 motions with the add ins to give the ice cream a swirled appearance. Add the remaining vanilla ice cream and then repeat the swirling process with more of the cherry and chocolate mixtures. Cover the ice cream and freeze for 4 hours before serving



Summer Fest 2011 is a fabulous multi-week celebration of all things Summer with some fantastic people from Food Network and Cooking Channel as well as lots of great food bloggers and myself!

Here’s a peak at what’s coming up in the following weeks:

August 3: Cherries (bring on the Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream!)

August 17: Corn

August 31: Tomatoes

September 14: Broccoli

And here is my favorite part of Summer Fest –  everyone gets to join in, click around and share your tips and recipes for the fabulous spring produce we are featuring!

So here’s how it works:

Go ahead and leave your tips/recipes/and favorite links in the comments below my Summer Fest post! Then click around to the other collaborators and do the same. Share your love for the recipe everywhere that way everyone gets to see it and join in on the conversation!! I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas and get even more inspiration on what to do with all this summer produce.

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cherry Cornmeal Cake

Cooking With Elise: Roasted Cherries with Lavender and Almond Panna Cotta
Daydreamer Desserts: Cherry Crumble Cake

Ingredient Challenge Monday: Black Forest Ice Cream Done Two Ways

Spices and Aroma: Dilkush with Cherries

And Love It Too: Cherry-Pecan Chicken Salad

FN Dish: The Ultimate Cherry Pie

Daily*Dishin: Simple French Cherry Clafouti

Glory Foods: Collard Greens and Cherry Reduction

Chez Us: Gluten-Free Cherry Clafoutis

Food for 7 Stages of Life: South Indian Hot and Sour Soup

Virtually Homemade: Dark Chocolate Cherry Kuchen

In Jennie’s Kitchen: Cherry Conserves

The Sensitive Epicure: Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Clafouti

Cooking Channel: Very Cherry Sangria

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Cherry Balsamic Vinegar

Zaika Zabardast: Balsamic Cherry and Peach Crisp

Mooshu Jenne: Rainier Cherry Panna Cotta

Food2: A Very Cherry Recipe Round-Up

Virtually Vegan Mamma: Fresh Cherry and Almond Scones

CIA Dropout: Italian Cherry Cake

Sweet Life Bake: Honey-Tequila Pickled Cherries

Cooking With Books: Cherry Cooler

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  1. Ha, we must be on the same wavelength b/c I’ve been busy making my own cherry-based sundae topper over here. Will share it in a few days! In the meantime, you can send any leftovers of this ice cream my way. 😉

  2. Gaby, this looks AMAZING! Oh, ice cream…my GUILTY PLEASURE! You know I’ll be trying this recipe! You’ve just added one more hour to my gym routine…well worth it…thank you for the great recipe!

  3. omygoodness this looks fantastic, gaby! i love the addition of chocolate truffle. Of course cherries have become one of my very favorite fruits!

  4. Hi Gaby!! So fun working with you today! I think I’m following you now via Google Reader…hope I did it correctly; I’m still a noob! Hope to see you soon 🙂

  5. Oh wow!!! This ice cream looks amazing! I am with you this would be addictive after the first spoonful. Gotta make this for my kiddos.

  6. Note to self: Must – buy – ice cream – maker!

    Oh this just looks heavenly and sinful at the same time. Is that possible? Ah-maz-ing!

  7. This sounds like Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia flavor but better since you make your own & can control the ingredients!

  8. im making this right now as I type…for a Happy Hour Playdate.
    all the yummies are chilling in the fridge. Ill let you know how it goes!

    1. so I made it in my outdoor ice cream maker. It was pretty good. although, Id say even though I cut down the egg yolks and the cream a little, it was still a little overwhelmingly rich. next time, Im using less eggs and cream and upping the milk. could only eat a little, but that’s ok! It was still yummy licious! I would recommend trying it. It was a fun new flavor to try here smack dab in the middle of Washington’s cherry season!
      Keep em comin,

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