We've been given a cherry tree rental and picked our cherries yesterday. All sorted, cleaned and weighed. Now I 've made loads of jam, but need some more ideas! (nothing too strenous though, I'm 40+3!)
You'll need a mixer and a blender. No need for a poncey ice-cream maker.
1) Blend half the cherries. Set aside. 2) Pour half the cream into a pan. Add all the milk. Cook it on high until it starts to bubble (if it forms a skin, don't worry - I usually just mix these in and you never notice). Turn the heat off. 3) Blend the eggs with the sugar. Pour the hot milk over the eggs, whisking all the time. Pour back into the pan and cook gently until it starts to thicken. Turn the heat off, leave it to thicken while you get on with the next steps. 4) Lightly whisk the remaining cream until it's just firm. 5) Mix all the cherries into the warm custard . 6) Fold in the whisked cream. Taste it - it should be a bit too sweet as the freezing process mollifies the sweetness. 7) Now for the bit that makes you say: 'Why spend oodles of money on an ice-cream maker? 8) Pour the lot into a tupperware pot. Freeze for 1.5 hrs. Take it out, whisk it gently (making sure all the frozen ice cream around the edges gets mixed in). Put it back in the freezer. 9) Wait an hour. Take it out and repeat the whisking exercise above. 10) Wait about 3 more hours. Take it out. Eat, eat and eat some more! It will be FABULOUS!! 11) Send me some in the post
Cross posts OI! Our tree is from www.rentacherrytree.co.uk Don't know if there is anything else like it in other parts of the country. It's fab, because we have a picnic under our tree in April when it's full of blossom and then get to pick and eat our cherries in the summer. It was a present from my Aunt. I think it's £30 a year, but we've had at least 14lb of cherries and there are still some left on the tree (irght at the top, so ~I'm sending DH with a ladder) which we're going to collect tomorrow.