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Crushed Cherry Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

20130615-100232.jpgToday’s ice cream post is again dairy free, made with cans of full-fat coconut milk. It almost has a sorbet taste to it though, because of the sugar-syrup I made with water that I cooked the cherries down in. It can easily be made with dairy cream, if you prefer a milk-based ice cream. Fresh cherries paired with the brightness of orange zest and juice with a hint of fresh mint brings the cherry flavor out in an enjoyable way. This is a must try summer delight! Let me know how much you enjoyed it! -Shelley.

Crushed Cherry Ice Cream {Dairy Free}

2 cans full-fat coconut milk {or cream for a richer version}, chilled {for dairy ice cream: about 3 cups of heavy cream}
2 c fresh cherries, washed and pitted
1 c water
1 c sugar
1 t vanilla
Zest of 1 orange {wash the orange first}
2 T orange juice
2 sprigs of fresh mint {optional}

Ice Cream Maker – follow directions for your specific maker
*I also needed ice and rock salt

Start by washing and pitting fresh cherries. Set aside.

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I use a large bobby pin to pit cherries {if I don't have a huge amount to pit anyway}.  That is the way I remember watching my grandma pit her cherries!

I use a large bobby pin to pit cherries {if I don’t have a huge amount to pit anyway}. That is the way I remember watching my grandma pit her cherries!

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In a small sauce pan add water and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar in water and bring to a boil – boil 3 minutes.

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Add pitted cherries, orange zest and juice, vanilla and mint sprigs. Simmer 10 minutes.

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Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Remove and discard mint sprigs and refrigerate cherry syrup until ready to use.

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In a large mixing bowl, pour contents of the canned coconut milk into the bowls, making sure to scrape off all coconut cream from sides and top of can with a rubber spatula. Beat or whisk until creamy.

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Take cherry syrup and place in blender. Pulse just a few times to crush the cherries, but not puree. You want there to be chunks and it not to be a smoothie!

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Pour cherries and syrup into the coconut milk bowl and stir to combine.

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Transfer to ice cream maker and churn. Make sure to follow the manufacturer directions for your specific ice cream maker.

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Once ice cream is done churning, if not serving right away, transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze until ready to to serve.

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Oh man! There was some left on the spoon. I got to lick it this time…not the kids!

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When ready to eat, serve up…

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Garnish with fresh cherries, if desired and enjoy!

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