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Cherry Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

Decadent homemade Vanilla Ice Cream adapted from David Lebovitz with Cherry and Chocolate Truffle add ins.
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Gaby


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and whisk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Churn the ice cream according to your ice cream makers directions.
  • 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