It's officially Summertime. There's always time when we're on Summertime. It's like a magical time zone where days are long and nights are cool. Where sunsets are made of cotton candy clouds and violet watercolour skies. Where the grass is green and the flowers greet you with a smile. Where the popsicles are always cold and the the sun is always hot.
The sun wakes up at 5am and doesn't go to sleep until 11pm. You can stay in bed til noon and still have enough time in the day to get everything done. People mow their lawns at 11pm and go grocery shopping at 7:30am.
Nap in the comfort of the warm sun. Let your ice cream melt. Roll down the windows and let the warm breeze get tangled in your hair. Get a sunglasses tan. Have dinner at 9pm. Track sand into the car. Get dirt under your nails. Who cares? We're on Summertime!
In the spirit of lazy Summer days I've made Cherry Almond White Chocolate Ice Cream. Pink and sweet just like a sunset.
Source: Adapted from Kitchen Aid's French Vanilla Ice Cream.
2 cup half and half cream
7 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup bing cherries, pitted and chopped
1 cup cherry puree
3/4 cup white chocolate chunks
1/4 cup almonds, sliced and toasted
In a medium sauce pan heat the half and half cream and whole vanilla bean on medium heat until it's very hot but not boiling. Take it off the heat and set aside the vanilla bean.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl with an electric mixer beat the egg yolks and sugar on low speed until they're blended and slightly thick, about 30 seconds. Pour the hot cream gradually into the egg yolk mixture while it's mixing on low.
Slice open the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds with the edge of your knife. Stir in the vanilla seeds, whipping cream and salt then refrigerate it for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Once it's sufficiently chilled mix it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. In the last few minutes of mixing add the cherries, puree, chocolate and almonds.
Serve it however tickles your fancy. Enjoy!