Dark Truffle, Candied Cherry, and Toasted Almond Ice Cream
Serves: 1 pint
 
Although the recipe appears time-consuming, steps 1-4 overlap in prep. The candied cherries, dark truffles, and toasted almonds can be made ahead of time.
Ingredients
  • Candied Cherries:
  • ½ pound (8 oz) sour cherries, pitted
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Few drops of almond extract
  • Dark Chocolate Truffles:
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1.5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ tsp rum
  • Ice Cream:
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Few drops of almond extract
Instructions
  1. Make the candied cherries: In a medium saucepan, heat the cherries, water, sugar, and lemon juice until it starts to boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 25 minutes, stirring frequently during the last 10 minutes to ensure they are not sticking. Once the syrup is reduced to the consistency of maple syrup, remove from the heat and add the almond extract. Let the cherries cool in their syrup. After cool, drain the cherries in a strainer over a bowl for about 1 hour. Reserve the candied cherries; save the syrup for another recipe (or serve with ice cream).
  2. Meanwhile, make the dark chocolate truffles: In a small saucepan, heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth. Mix in the rum. Place the chocolate mixture into a small bowl and freeze until firm, about an hour. Scoop into small balls and keep frozen.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the almonds: Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the almonds onto a cookie sheet and into the oven. Heat the almonds until toasted, stirring every 5 minutes or so (roughly 10-15 minutes). Remove from the heat and turn off the oven.
  4. Now infuse the ice cream base: In a medium saucepan, warm the milk, sugar, salt, and ½ cup cream. Add ½ cup toasted almonds (reserve the other half to stir in). Cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. Strain the milk mixture into a separate medium saucepan; squeeze as much milk from the almonds. Discard the almonds. Rewarm the strained milk mixture.
  6. Pour remaining ½ cup cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. Place the bowl in an ice bath.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and some of the warm milk mixture. Scrape the yolks back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of your spoon. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture through the strainer into the reserved cream. Add almond extract and stir until cool.
  8. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator until cold then freeze according to your machine's directions. If freezing by hand, place the mixture in the freezer and whisk every 30-45 minutes or until almost frozen. During the last few minutes of churning/freezing, stir in the remaining toasted almonds, candied cherries, and dark truffles.
Recipe by Overtime Cook at http://overtimecook.com/2012/07/11/dark-truffle-candied-cherry-and-toasted-almond-ice-cream/