Sour Cherry Serenade: Vişneli Dondurma (Sour Cherry Ice Cream)

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  • Serving: 8
  • Prep time: 20 m
  • Cook time: 15 m
  • Ready in: 35 m
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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.

Preparation Time:

  • Sour cherry compote preparation: 10 minutes.
  • Ice cream base preparation: 5 minutes.
  • Combining flavors: 5 minutes.

Total Preparation Time: Approximately 20 minutes.

Cooking Time:

  • Cooking the sour cherry compote: 10-15 minutes (depending on desired consistency).

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.


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  • Instructions

    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.

  • Conclusion

    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.

Smart Tips

  • 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.

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