Homemade Cherry Almond Ice Cream

When you crack out the ice cream maker, do you know what time it is?  It is SUMMERTIME!!!!!

When hubby and I were heading home from our vacation, I said spur of the moment….”Let’s get the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment!”  We are spur of the moment people.  You remember in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts said she is, “Fly by the seat of her pants kind of girl, you know moment to moment!”  That is TOTALLY us!!!

So spur of the moment, turned into spending two fun days making my first batch of ice cream.  I can totally scratch this one off the bucket list now.

How do you decide what flavor to make?  Well how about looking at whatever is in season at your local farmers market?

A few weeks ago when I was listening to my favorite SirusXM station, Martha Stewart Living Radio.  They had Molly from Molly Moon Homemade Ice Cream out of Seattle Washington.  Molly Moon doesn’t just have everyday ice cream, she has created some gorgeous recipes.  Her baby beet sorbet has me soooooo intrigued.  Rhubarb is my favorite, so her rhubarb rose compote sounds beautiful.  AND I really can not wait to try a savory ice cream, her cheese ice cream has to be out of this world….Wellll, I am a cheese lover!!!

I will be sharing about Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream recipe book throughout the summer.  I may share what some of the recipes look like, but to get the full recipe you can find more information here.  You can also follow Molly Moon on Twitter here.  Her book is really beautiful, and every recipe sounds delicious.  She shares recipes for each season, I love the idea of making ice cream with fresh home grown ingredients.

The recipe I share is the basic ice cream recipe from the KitchenAid book, but I adapted it a bit.  I really wanted to keep things simple my first round, but still use fresh ingredients.  Cherries are special to me.  I was born in Michigan.  When you travel in Michigan during the summer, you will experience roadside stands with fresh bing cherries.  Seriously delicious!!!

Yields 10

Homemade Cherry Almond Ice Cream

This is going to be the cherry of your tummy! Refreshing almond flavor, and full of fresh cherries in every bite!

15 minsPrep Time

15 minsCook Time

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2 1/2 cups whole milk
8 egg yolks
1 cup Florida Crystals pure cane sugar
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups sliced cherries pitted


For this recipe you will follow your normal process with the ice cream maker.

To make ice cream -

Over medium heat, in a large sauce pot, heat up the whole milk until steaming, but do not bring it to a boil. Bring off burner and sit it aside.

Separate eight egg yolks, and place in KitchenAid mixing bowl with sugar. Mix on speed 2 for 30 seconds, then very slowly add in warmed whole milk and continue mixing on speed 2 until blended completely.

Return the milk egg mixture to the large sauce pot and cook over medium heat. Let it cook until bubbles start forming around edges, and mixture is steaming, do not let mixture come to a boil.

Place warm milk egg mixture to a large bowl, mix in heavy cream, almond extract, and salt. Mix, cover and place in freezer for about 4-5 hours. Or place mixture in cooler for at least eight hours.


I do not share the ice cream making process I did, I know each ice cream maker is different. Also, I had operator error in the beginning with the ice cream maker. So I stirred the ice cream like crazy in the frozen mixing bowl, and I was making ice cream with continuous stirring. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you may be able to find a way to make some still.


This ice cream was full of happy almond flavor, and worked beautifully with fresh cherries.  Making ice cream is time consuming, and lots of waiting involved.  With all that being said, I had so much fun, and cannot wait to make more ice cream!

What is your favorite flavor ice cream?

Disclaimer – I received a free copy of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream recipe book.  All the words and opinions are my own.

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  • I am loving the color and texture of this ice cream..those peeing cherries are making me crazy....
    • Thank you so much!!!  I know, fresh cherries make me smile:-) Hugs, Terra
  • When I was growing up cherry ice cream was the flavor my parents made most often. It was very sweet with maraschino cherries. I like the sound of your version.
    • Oh how fun, love that this brought back fun memories!  I am a HUGE fan of maraschino cherries:-)  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • ohhh myy!! baby beet sorbet?! Rhubarb rose compote?!!?! cheese ice cream?!?! - - I think I need this book ;) Your Cherry Almond sounds like perfection - - I love the burst of red!!
    • Thank you so much!  It is a pretty fantastic book, I definitely recommend it!! Hugs, Terra
  • What a pretty, pretty bowlful!
  • Heather at Basilmomma
    I love this! Can't wait to try it-almonds as my son is allergic...but still! Great post:)
    • Maybe try a different nut, I don't want your son to get sick!  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh wow, I definitely need to visit Michigan during the summer then, and gorge on cherries! Your ice cream looks amazing dear! 
    • You definitely should visit Michigan, it is a beautiful state....especially in the Summer! Thank you love! Hugs, Terra
  • YUM! Looks amazing. Cherries are the bomb :)
  • I haven't had cherry ice cream in ages, and this recipe looks perfect, as does your beautiful photos of the finished ice cream!  Right now I use a Cuisinart ice cream maker, but always having to find room in my freezer for two freezer bowls is a pain, so I was thinking of giving in to a White Mountain ice cream maker..no bowl freezing.  Congrats on your brand new KA ice cream attachment!  Spur of the moment, indeed, and it paid off!  Can't wait to try this ice cream this summer!
    • Two ice cream makers?  Now you are talking!!!  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • EA Stewart
    Congrats on your first ice cream making experience! I love the flavor combo you chose to start off with too-cherries and almond are delicious together. Molly's ice cream flavors sound pretty fabulous too! And, since you asked, my favorite ice cream flavor Is English Toffee :-)
    • English Toffee sounds pretty delicious my friend!  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • fullbellysisters
    There's nothing better than fresh cherries! Except maybe fresh cherries in ice cream...
  • Happy summer indeed with homemade ice cream. I love my ice cream maker. I have tried lots of original recipes and I will definitely add this one to my flavors to do.
    • Thank you so much!  It definitely is one of the best kitchen toys:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I want to buy icecream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid. Save some for me until I buy one :) It feels like summer now, doesn't it?
    • I can totally make you some until you buy one!!!  BUT I have to say, it is my favorite toy now:-)  Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Cherry almond flavour sounds gorgeous my friend, love it :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    •  It was really addictive! Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh I have to try out cherry almond ice cream. It sounds so good! Great clicks, Terra! :) 
    •  I have a feeling you would love it, LOL! Hugs, Terra
  • This is such a yummy flavor for ice cream ~ cherry and almond together ! So irresistable! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a terrific summer, dear Terra! Hugs all around :-)
    •  Thank you sweet friend!  Sending hugs your way:-)
  • hotlyspiced
    Your ice cream looks delicious.  How wonderful to be in summer.  We're in winter and I'm not enjoying it.  The sun is shining but it's cold today and my dogs and I are lying on the couch in front of the heater.  I long for ice cream days!  xx
    •  Honestly, I would take a cold day any day!  I love love cold weather WAY too much....but I did live in the desert for 15 years:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • This is drool factor 14 !
    •  Drool factor 14? That rocks!  It was pretty delicious:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • This is simply mouthwatering! Love the combo of cherry and almond. Great ice recipe, Terra.
    •  Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Kim Bee
    This is stunning. I just want to reach in and take a big bite. 
    •  I wish we had the ability to scratch and sniff the screen, that would rock for sure:-)  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • lovely ice cream and great flavor combo
    •  Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Katherine Martinelli
    Mmm I love homemade ice cream and this flavor combo is just awesome!
    •  Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Youmadethatblog
    Wow this ice-cream looks so delicious! I like that you used almond extract to flavor it, sounds perfect for a treat in the hot summer.
    •  I love almond extract sooooo much better than vanilla extract:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • I just went cherry picking this past weekend and your recent posts made me very happy!!!  Guess who's making your ice cream soon.  ^_^
    •  Oh YAY!  Let me know how you like it:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    Homemade ice cream is the best.  I really do need to dust off my ice cream maker!  Great flavors - thanks for the inspiration.
    •  Oh yes, definitely dust that ice cream maker off and pull it out!!  Making ice cream is WAY too fun, and delicious:-) Take care, Terra
  • Yum! This ice cream looks amazing. I love the flavor combo. You have such a lovely blog. I added you to my google reader. Cheers!
    •  Thank you so much Jennie!!!! I added you to my Feedly (google reader) too!  Hugs, Terra
  • momwhats4dinner.com
    This looks delicious! I must try this out soon! :)
  • Kim Bee
    I could not remember if I commented on this or not. But if I did it's spectacular enough to deserve a twofer. So yummy!
  • Fantastic looking ice cream Terra! Hope you had a wonderful vacation!
  • Jacqueline @ BakeItWithBooze
    Ohhh this looks wonderful!