Dive into the heart of summer with Vişneli Dondurma, a tribute to the luscious sour cherries of Turkey. This ice cream marries the tartness of fresh sour cherries with creamy richness, promising a refreshing escape with every spoonful. Whether it’s a scorching afternoon or a balmy evening, let this sour cherry delight cool and enchant you.
Yield: Given the quantities provided, this recipe would produce approximately 1 quart (4 cups) of ice cream. This is a typical yield for many home ice cream recipes.
Number of Servings: For ice cream, a standard serving size is about 1/2 cup. So, this recipe would yield approximately 8 servings.
Total Preparation Time: Approximately 20 minutes.
Churning Time (varies based on the ice cream maker): Typically, 20-25 minutes.
Freezing Time: At least 4 hours.
Total Time from Start to Finish: Approximately 4 hours and 55 minutes to 5 hours.
1-Sour Cherry Compote: In a saucepan, combine the sour cherries with 1/2 cup sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherries break down and release their juices. Simmer until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and let it cool.
2-Ice Cream Base: In a separate bowl, mix together the heavy cream, whole milk, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
3-Combining Flavors: Stir in the cooled sour cherry compote into the ice cream base, ensuring it's well incorporated.
4-Churning: Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions until you achieve a soft-serve consistency.
5-Freezing: Transfer the churned ice cream into an airtight container, smoothing the top. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.
6-Serving: Scoop out the Vişneli Dondurma and serve in bowls or cones, and enjoy the burst of sour cherry in every bite.
Vişneli Dondurma is not just an ice cream; it's a celebration of the Turkish summer. The vibrant sour cherries add a burst of flavor, contrasting beautifully with the creamy base. Every scoop is a refreshing journey that embodies the essence of sun-kissed orchards and joyous summer moments.
Texture Tip: For a chunkier texture, you can reserve some cherry pieces from the compote and fold them into the churned ice cream before freezing.
Sweetness Level: Adjust the sugar based on the tartness of your cherries and personal preference. Remember, freezing can dull sweetness, so it's okay if your base is a tad sweeter than desired.
Without an Ice Cream Maker: If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals until the ice cream is creamy and frozen.
Storage: Vişneli Dondurma can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. Ensure it's in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
Serving Suggestion: For an added touch, serve the ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or a sprinkle of crushed pistachios. This not only adds a contrast of flavors but also a delightful crunch.