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Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

 Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream
This recipe makes a deliciously rich and velvety ice cream that was an instant hit at our home. It's great in summer, but we'll make it other times of the year, too. Ruby Nelson, Mountain Home, Arkansas
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 cups pitted sweet cherries, quartered

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the eggs and sugar. Gradually add 1-3/4
  • cups cream. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at
  • least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the
  • heat. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2
  • minutes.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the egg
  • mixture. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, lemon peel and remaining
  • cream. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for
  • several hours or overnight.
  • Stir in cherries. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full;
  • freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining
  • mixture until ready to freeze. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer
  • or firm up in the refrigerator freezer for 2-4 hours before serving.
  • Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts.

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Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream (continued)

Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.