I made ice cream again. I can’t help it. It’s easy and a family favorite any time of year around here! I had part of a large can of cherry pie filling in the fridge. A few of my boys (Parker in particular), who sadly doesn’t like chocolate, LOVES cherries, especially the canned filling or maraschino cherries. While I know these aren’t real healthy with all the added sugar, a can is used here and there, just to please Parker. ;)
I decided to make the leftover cherry filling into ice cream—and it’s pretty darn good! Parker likes it for sure! I thought about drizzling in some melted chocolate as it finished churning, but left it out because, again, Parker doesn’t like chocolate. But if this had a little chocolate it would taste just like a chocolate cherry cordial ice cream!
For no particular reason than because I had some, I used half and half instead of cream. It think it turned out plenty creamy enough. I also used my recent discovery of homemade sweetened condensed milk made with dry powdered milk. You could easily use the canned sweetened condensed milk for this. With only four ingredients, this ice cream was super simple!
Cherry Pie Filling Ice Cream, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
1 recipe homemade sweetened condensed milk (*recipe below), or 1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups half and half
about 1 1/2 cups cherry pie filling (you could use a whole small can if you’d like)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
After blending the homemade condensed milk in the blender, add the half and half and blend to combine. Pour into a large bowl and whisk in the cherry pie filling and almond extract. Pour immediately into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for at least a couple hours to firm up.
*Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup dry non-instant powdered milk
1 cup granulated sugar
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the blender a few times in between mixing. (It’s the same as canned condensed milk!)
Ooh, imagine making some of that homemade Magic Shell-type dipping chocolate and dipping an ice cream cone with this ice cream to make a giant chocolate cherry cordial ice cream cone!