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No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream

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No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream is a simple and delicious dessert! Just 4 ingredients, minutes to prepare, and then into the freezer until it’s set. Use fresh or frozen dark cherries for this classic summer treat.

This recipe was featured in Stillwater Living Magazine
overhead shot of ice cream in serving container wtih scoop, plus 2 small bowls of ice cream with cones and extra berries in teh background

When there’s a food I can’t resist, I try not to even keep it in the house. I figure out of sight, out of mind. That’s the way I feel about ice cream, and growing up I ate it pretty regularly.

Just like lots of foods, homemade ice cream is almost always better than store-bought. But I’ve never had an ice cream maker. And even if I did, it would be just one more appliance collecting dust in the pantry.

I was recently watching The Food Network and saw The Pioneer Woman make no-churn ice cream, and it looked incredibly easy.

So in the spirit of summer, and to have an occasional treat easily accessible, I decided to make No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
  • Only requires 4 ingredients 
  • It’s a super easy recipe that comes together in about 10 minutes
  • You can easily multiply the recipe as needed
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INGREDIENT TIPS FOR NO CHURN DARK CHERRY ICE CREAM

As I mentioned, you only need FOUR ingredients for this easy ice cream. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Add condensed milk, vanilla, and diced cherries to a large bowl, mix together lightly, and set aside in the fridge.

Add heavy cream to another large bowl. Using an electric mixer beat at medium-high until the cream forms stiff peaks, about 3 minutes. I use my KitchenAid Mixer, but you could also use a hand mixer.

Don’t overmix the heavy cream! If you overmix, the peaks will fall, and you won’t get the light ice cream texture.

overhead process shot: whipped cream in a large metal bowl

Carefully fold condensed milk mixture into the heavy cream. Do not whip or beat the mixture, as you want to retain as much of the cream peaks as possible. 

Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container. I use a glass Pyrex container.

overhead process shot: ice cream mixture in a glass container

To prevent crystallization: Cover the pan with a piece of plastic wrap, making sure that it touches the top layer of the mixture. Place the lid on the container and put it into the freezer until solid, at least 6 hours.

close up shot of 2 ice cream cones with a container of ice cream in the background
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a substitute for condensed milk? You can use unsweetened condensed milk, but then you will need to add some sort of sweetener. You can also use Full Fat Coconut Milk, but remember it will add coconut flavor. Do not use light coconut milk, as the consistency is too thin

Can I substitute Half and Half for Heavy Whipping Cream? Yes! You won’t sacrifice any flavor, and you will cut calories and fat  

Do I need to thaw the dark cherries before adding them to the ice cream? No! I do cut the cherries into small pieces so they’re easier to eat, but I keep them frozen 

If I have fresh dark cherries do I need to freeze them first?  Not at all, just dice and add the fresh cherries.  Of course, discard any seeds.

What is the best way to store No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream? I keep the ice cream in the same glass container that I used to freeze the ice cream.

DOES NO CHURN DARK CHERRY ICE CREAM GO BAD?

I’ve never heard of ice cream actually “going bad”. 

Once ice cream gets exposed to the air, it will start to form ice crystals on the top layer. That layer is still safe to eat, but it tastes like ice crystals so just scrape off that layer.

overhead shot of ice cream in serving container wtih scoop, plus 2 small bowls of ice cream with cones and extra berries in the background

I’m so excited to have No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream in my recipe collection! I’ll now always have fresh ice cream in the freezer, and can mix it up with endless possibilities. 

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No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream is a simple and delicious dessert! Just 4 ingredients, minutes to prepare, and then into the freezer until it's set. Use fresh or frozen dark cherries for this classic summer treat

Ingredients

  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark cherries, diced into small pieces

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add condensed milk, vanilla extract, and cherries, and fold to combine. Set aside in the fridge
  2. In a large metal bowl, add heavy whipping cream. Using a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip for about 3 minutes on medium-high, until stiff peaks form
  3. Fold condensed milk and cherries into whipped cream. DO NOT WHIP THE MIXTURE, or you'll lose the airy texture
  4. Transfer mixture into a freezer-safe container
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap touches the top layer of mixture. Cover the container with a lid.
  6. Place in freezer and store for at least 6 hours, until frozen

Notes

Don’t overmix the heavy cream! If you overmix, the peaks will fall, and you won’t get the light ice cream texture.

DO NOT WHIP the whipped cream and condensed milk mixture together. If you do, you'll lose the light and airy texture.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a substitute for condensed milk? You can use unsweetened condensed milk, but then you will need to add some sort of sweetener. You can also use Full Fat Coconut Milk, but remember it will add coconut flavor. Do not use light coconut milk, as the consistency is too thin

Can I substitute Half and Half for Heavy Whipping Cream? Yes! You won’t sacrifice any flavor, but you will cut calories and fat  

Do I need to thaw the dark cherries before adding them to the ice cream? No! I do cut the cherries into small pieces so they’re easier to eat, but I keep them frozen 

If I have fresh dark cherries do I need to freeze them first?  Not at all, just dice and add the fresh cherries.  Of course, discard any seeds.

What is the best way to store No Churn Dark Cherry Ice Cream? I freeze the ice cream in a Glass Pyrex Container with a lid and keep the ice cream in there. 

DOES NO CHURN DARK CHERRY ICE CREAM GO BAD?

I’ve never heard of ice cream actually “going bad”. 

Once ice cream gets exposed to the air, it will start to form ice crystals on the top layer.That layer is still safe to eat, but it tastes like ice crystals so just scrape off that layer.

Your ice cream won’t ever taste bad, it may just taste a little freezer-burned. At that point, you could add it to a milkshake or maybe even use it for an ice cream cake. But honestly, I can’t think of the last time I had ice cream in the freezer that long!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, etc

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Liz

Friday 30th of July 2021

You had me at "no churn!" The colors of the dark cherries are beautiful!

Lathiya

Wednesday 28th of August 2019

No churn Ice cream is my favorite and this dark cherry Ice cream is calling my name. Will try soon.

Karyl

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thanks Lathiya! I hope you love it as much as I do.

Jenni LeBaron

Sunday 25th of August 2019

I love that this recipe uses so few ingredients, utilized fresh fruit, and can be made without an ice cream maker! This is a brilliant, easy way to enjoy a cold treat during summer!

Karyl

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thanks Jenni! When ice cream is this easy there's no excuse not to make it whenever the craving strikes

Sophie

Saturday 24th of August 2019

I have had a chance to eat homemade cherry ice cream at a friend’s place once and I was very impressed. This reminds me of that ice cream. Must try!

Karyl

Thursday 29th of August 2019

Thanks Sophie! The cherries add such a great burst of flavor to the ice cream. I hope you love it as much as I do

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

Saturday 24th of August 2019

This is my FAVOURITE flavour, but my husband HATES it. More for me, right??? ;)

Karyl

Thursday 29th of August 2019

You've got that right Cathleen! That sounds like the perfect situation

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