Did you know that today is dedicated to cherries as National Cherry Day? No, neither did I until last week when I was approached to create a recipe with cherries in mind, I’ve been craving ice cream recently so a dairy free ice cream sunday seemed the perfect idea. Is there a National Rebecca Day? I wonder… [pops off to check] … Well what do you know, there is, it’s the 4th July apparently [bugger, missed my chance to milk it].
Anyway, back to the post!
I love cherries in syrup, I love cherries full stop I can easily sit and munch on a bowl of cherries but I particularly like them in syrup, they remind me of Black Forest Gateau’s when I was younger, you seem to see them less in the shops so much these days, mind you, I don’t look given our dietary circumstances. The Fabbri Amarena Cherries in syrup sold by Ciao Gusto Italian Shop on Ocado, are just that memory in a jar! It’s funny how they don’t contain alcohol, I always assumed cherries in syrup did, I think that’s why I loved them so much as a child, it made me feel all grown up thinking I was eating alcoholic cherries. in fact I’m sure i have a memory of my pretending to get drunk on a Black Forest Gateau at a family party [rolls eyes to ceiling, now I know where Bethany get’s her drama queen qualities]
The ice cream I use to make this sunday is ever so simple to make and super delicious. Personally I prefer my ice creams to be less sweet and my chocolate ice cream to be super rich in dark chocolate flavour, hence adding some cacao powder, it makes the ice cream taste so luxurious and expensive…when it really only costs £1 to make a litre! The vanilla ice cream is really frozen yogurt and a bit more expense to make at £3 but, again, you get a litre and it’s so rich you don’t need much per serving.
Fabbri Amarena Cherries in syrup are available in the Ciao Gusto Italian Shop on Ocado but, in fact Fabbri do some delicious ice cream sauces too. I admit to buying some of their free from caramel and wild strawberry sauces too. After all, I’ve got several more portions of ice cream left now we’ve eaten all the cherries, and it’s just rude to not have a sauce on your ice cream isn’t it?
To build the sunday is easy peasy, in fact, Lewis helped me make this one. We added the Fabbri Amarena Fruit & Berries to the glass first, then poured in a little of the delicious syrup, then a scoop of the vanilla frozen yogurt, followed by more cherries and syryp, then some chocolate ice cream, one more scoop of the vanilla and finished by topping with more cherries, syrup and a generous drizzle of vegan chocolate sauce. Lewis decided to pop a cherry on top as the finishing touch!
Two really easy ice cream recipes made with yogurt and chocolate milk. Just add sugar to taste.
- 2 500ml vanilla soya yogurt I used Alpro
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 ltr soya chocolate milk
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder I prefer to use cacao powder for it's deeper flavour
to make the frozen yogurt simply add the yogurt and sugar to you ice cream maker and mix for 10 mins until the yogurt has thickened.
To make the chocolate ice cream add the milk, sugar and powder to the machine and turn on for 10-15 mins.
I use 2lb loaf tins for my ice creams, simply spoon the ice cream into the loaf tin and smooth the tops. Wrap in tin foil or clingfilm and pop into the freezer to freeze.
Pop the chocolate milk and yogurt in the freezer for 30mins before you make the ice creams. This will give you a head start!
Add ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine, pour into your loaf tins and cover with cling film or tin foil. Pop in the freezer. Set an alarm to sound in 30 mins.
After 30 mins take out the loaf tins and stir the ice cream with a skewer in a figure of eight motion, cover and return to the freezer, repeat every 30 mins until your ice cream has set.
You will need to remove the ice cream from the freezer for 20-30 mins before serving...unless you want to break your wrist!
I mentioned to my sister what I was making when I called to see if we could pop over later, Lewis wanted to see his cousins. Nicola said she was jealous and joked I should bring some over…so we did! Lewis set off on his bike as usual and I followed in the car…with an ice cream sunday in my drinks holder. Boy did I get some odd looks from her neighbour when I walked up the drive ice cream sunday in my hands with a cherry on the top. brought a smile to my sisters face I can tell you!
Disclaimer: I was paid for this post by way of voucher so that I could purchase the ingredients required, despite this, my thought are my own and as always you get a 100% honest opinion of the product…think you get the idea I really do like cherries in syrup!