This Brandy Cherry Ice Cream with Goat Cheese is an elegant summer treat for adults. An ultra creamy Goat Cheese Ice Cream with a Brandy Cherry Swirl, chopped Cherries and Chocolate Chips!
We are moving! AGAIN. For the 8th time within 4 years! This time we’re not leaving the country though – not even the city. We’re just gonna move further towards downtown. Growing up in a small German town, I really miss being able to walk places, like the grocery store or even to and from the bar at night. Now we live within walking distance from both trendy Kensington and Downtown. Plus we’ve got this awesome new kitchen with all the counter space I could have hoped for.
I am aware of the fact that the free counter space will last two days max – basically until I unpack all my kitchen appliances. I already wonder where to hide my ice cream maker, which I lovingly dubbed the Moaning Myrtle. I guess that’s gonna be the first thing our neighbours will complain about.
This summer is just the summer of homemade ice cream for me. As we got to harvest all my in law’s cherry trees and ended up with a worryingly copious amount of brandied cherries already, I thought I might hide some of them in an adult-only ice cream. An ice cream inspired by those Mon Cherie Brandy Chocolates I like so much.
The Ice Cream Base is adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home but instead of cream cheese Jeni normally uses, I opted for spreadable goat cheese. I just love how the slight tang from the goat cheese contrasts with the sweet brandy cherry swirl. Chunks of fresh cherries (or Brandy Cherries) and some dark chocolate chips add some texture and turn this ice cream into something spectacular.
I was taking the brandy part of this Brandy Cherry Ice Cream quite seriously! In addition to the brandy cherry swirl, I also added a couple of tablespoons to the base. And not only for taste! The addition of alcohol actually lowers the freezing point of the ice cream, helping it stay creamier and smoother. And of course, it makes it even more delicious!
I also added some dark chocolate and some chopped Brandy Cherries to the ice cream while it was churning. For the Brandy Cherry Swirl, I reduced the liquid from the Brandy Cherry Jar. If you can’t get your hands on Brandy Cherries, you can just use cherry juice and brandy for the syrup (see recipe) and fresh cherries.
In my opinion, ice cream and booze are just made for each other! Believe me, this Brandy Cherry Ice Cream with Goat Cheese is beyond rich and delicious! Give it a try and be prepared to fall in love.
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Brandy Cherry Ice Cream with Goat Cheese and Chocolate
- For the ice cream base
- 400 g milk
- 130 g sugar
- 4 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1 /2 tsp salt
- 300 ml cream
- 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 60 g spreadable goat cheese room temp
- 2 Tbsp Brandy
- For the Brandy Cherry Swirl
- 250 ml cherry juice *
- 250 ml brandy
- 1 bis 2 clove optional
- 1 piece of cinnamon bark optional
- 170 g sugar
- 150 g chopped cherries fresh or from the brandy cherry jar
- 100 g dark chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp Brandy
In a bowl, stir together 1⁄4 cup milk and the cornstarch; set slurry aside. In a 4-qt. saucepan, whisk together remaining milk and the cream, sugar, syrup, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes; stir in slurry. Return to a boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the 2 tbsp of brandy. Place goat cheese in a bowl and pour in 1⁄4 cup hot milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Then whisk in remaining milk mixture. Pour mixture into a plastic bag; seal, and submerge in a bowl of ice water until chilled or just chill it in the fridge overnight.
For the syrup
Mix cherry juice and brandy or the juice from the brandy cherry jar with sugar and spices and bring to a boil in a pot. Reduce the temperature and let simmer on low heat until reduced to a third, about 160 ml.Let the syrup cool completely.
Pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Once it reaches the consistency of soft serve ice cream, stir in the brandy, chocolate chips and the chopped cherries.
Now spread half of the ice cream into your storage container and drizzle half of the syrup on top. Spread the second half of the ice cream base on top and add the second half of the syrup and some chocolate chips for decoration.
Freeze for another 2 to 3 hours until you reach the desired consistency.
* if you have a jar of brandy cherries, you can use the liquid from the jar. Depending on the size of your jar you might have to add some juice or brandy to get to the 500 ml mark