Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Best Lick! 2008 Ice Cream Contest Entry #11

Original Ice Cream Flavor: Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Ice Cream Chef: Diana

What inspired this recipe? As someone who lives in the home of cheesecake and grew up less than a mile from the world's best cheesecake (at Junior's restaurant in Brooklyn, NY) I've always been disappointed by cheesecake ice cream. I decided to create an ice cream that would satisfy my desire for rich, tangy and creamy cheesecake ice cream.

Tastetester comments and full recipe after the jump. Take a look, then vote here!

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Tastetester Comments:"Mmmmm, that's excellent!" - Adam, my boyfriend and cheesecake connoisseur.

Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

1 8oz package cream cheese
1 8oz package sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup half and half
juice of 1/2 lemon (or 3/4 lemon if you like your cheesecake tangy)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 to 1/2 cup pitted, halved cherries
1 teaspoon vodka (optional, to prevent excess crystallization in the freezer)

Beat cream cheese in a bowl until fluffy and smooth. Add sugar and beat to combine. Scrape the bowl, then add the sour cream and half and half. Add lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts, then taste the mix to judge flavorings. If you prefer a tangy cheesecake flavor, add more lemon juice. Stir in the vodka, then cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Start your ice cream maker and add mix. It takes about half an hour to freeze, add the cherries during the last few minutes of mixing. The ice cream will be pretty loose after half an hour, so place in a container in the freezer overnight to firm up.

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Contest Information

Go here for the full scoop on the Best Lick! 2008 contest, including prizes, rules, and entry form. Submission closes the evening of August 18th. Get your ice cream maker going!

The Best Lick! Ice Cream Contest: 2008 Edition

The Entries So Far

Here's a list of all the entries so far. Click the thumbnail to go to the entry.

Roasted Apricot Ice Cream with Almond Praline Ripple
Chocolate Gelato with Salted Caramel Pecans
Coconut Peach Ice Cream with Toasted Almonds
Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Ice Cream
Blueberry Brie Tart Ice Cream
Grape Ice Cream
Basil Infused Ginger and Cinnamon Ice Cream
Rosemary-Lime Sparkle Ice Cream
Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt with Pistachio Biscotti Bits
Visions of Sugar Plum Ice Cream
Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

(Images: Diana)

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