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This is the kind of ice cream your kids will love! Actually, this is the kind of ice cream everyone in the family will love.
RECIPE: Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
6 egg yolks
1 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
8 oz chocolate covered cherries
Over medium heat, scald the cream and milk.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the yolks, brown sugar, salt and vanilla until light and creamy.
Place the orange zest into another large bowl, and reserve nearby.
Add a small amount of hot cream to yolks, whisking quickly to temper the egg mixture. Gradually whisk in the remaining cream.
Place the custard mixture over a pot of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
Whisk the custard constantly, until mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Remove the bowl from the water bath, and strain the thickened custard through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl with the orange zest.
Place the bowl immediately into an ice bath. Stirring occasionally, cool the custard.
Cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin forming. Chill the custard for at least one hour. This can be made up to two days ahead.
When ready to make your ice cream, follow the instructions for your ice cream maker. Add the chocolate covered cherries in the last few minutes of freezing, again according to your ice cream maker's instructions.