Cherry Ice Cream

My man loves ice cream. If given a choice, he would love to have it everyday, before and after every meal. So you can imagine his reaction when he realized that I don’t like ice cream. I still remember that day. It was almost 6 years back when we were hanging out as friends in a bowling arena and between the game, he decided to grab some ice cream for us.

He said ‘Let me grab some ice cream for us’

I said ‘no thanks, I really don’t like ice cream’

His jaw dropped! With a super shocking expression, he asked me  ‘you don’t like ice cream? Are you serious?’

I replied with a plain tone ‘yeah’. It was no big deal for me.I won’t be surprised if he had thought that I was from a different planet with a funny palate.

Six years later, he still can’t figure out why I don’t like ice cream. My silly answer never changed ‘It’s too cold and sweet’ and then I say to myself  ‘duh! That’s why it’s called ice cream’!

Well, that’s me, a weird soul in this planet who could never enjoy ice cream to that extent. Yes, I will take a tiny bite or a spoonful when it gets really hot or when I am in a rare ice cream mood.

Few weeks’ back, I got this crazy idea to make ice cream at home. It started as a pure experiment and turned out to be a success. Honestly speaking, I never felt so proud of myself after making something successfully for the very first time. And what made me even happier was when everybody who tasted it, enjoyed it. And they enjoyed it so much that they wanted me to put it on my blog at the earliest.

Don’t we all love such happy moments! I was on cloud 9, smiling from cheek to cheek.

I think what made this ice cream tasty is the softened cherry. I started with just lemon zest and honey and then, I thought of adding some more flavor. Added some red wine vinegar, some marsala wine, fennel powder and it gave a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Softened Cherry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: about 1 cup

Softened Cherry


  • 2 cup cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey, add more or less depending on tartness or sweetness of the cherries
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grounded fennel seeds


  • Add all the ingredients in a deep saucepan and give a mix.
  • Bring it to boil and then, simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cherries are softened.
  • Check for sweetness and add it more honey if required.


We would be using sweetened condensed milk while making the ice cream and hence, do not over sweeten the softened cherry.

I was going through multiple recipes that use a combination of cream, cheese and milk and then, I came across the combination of sweetened condensed milk with crème cheese in a magazine which inspired me and that’s how I got the idea to make it at home.

You want to hear best parts about this recipe? This doesn’t require an ice cream machine and my vegetarian friends would be happy to know that it’s eggless!

Cherry Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 hours

Yield: about 5 cups

Cherry Ice Cream


  • 1 cup softened cherry (recipe mentioned above)
  • 2 cup crème cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped


  • In a mixing bowl, whip the crème cheese with condensed milk and whipped cream.
  • Cover it and let it freeze for couple of hours or until it's almost hard.
  • Then, take it out and whip it again.
  • Add the softened cherry along with chopped walnuts and using a wooden spoon, give it a rough mix.
  • Cover it and let it freeze for 8 hours before you serve it.

I have to say photo-shooting ice cream is tough and especially when you are not good at scooping out a nice ball to make it look pretty. I was struggling and after a couple of times, I thought I would throw away the idea of sharing it on my blog. But then again, it was a moment I wanted to remember and keep in my memories.

I made ice cream for the first time and my man loved it!


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Unbelievable flavor combinations! Cherry n Fennel – wow! Surely trying it once I get cherries home 🙂

This ice cream is so lovely, and it sounds delicious as well! Love the addition of the marsala wine, it must have such wonderful flavor!

Sudeshna says:

I have almost everything except the cherries, let me make it tonight will let you know :).

Vijitha says:

Finally!!! The ice cream post is up in your blog sweety. What more can I say? 🙂 It looks and taste uber delicious! I am waiting for our next meet up.

LOVE! the pictures as usual are gorgeous and that flavour is totally unexpected! Am sure this tastes as amazing as Viji said it was! One more thing to add to the list of what I want you to make for me some day :))

Kankana your photography always makes me skip a heart beat!!!
Beautiful!! …
Gorgeous recipe but honestly I end up spending more time seeing the pics…God they are gorgeous!!

Ritu says:

Beautiful pictures!!

Archana says: Beautiful photography and awesome combination of ingredients.Keep them coming.

vimitha says:

Ooooh dear. Thats an awesome combo of flavors. Nice refreshing icecream

Arch says:

Really lovely combination of ingredients ! Love that bowl, its so perfect for that ice-cream. I hope you enjoyed eating this one at least !

Yes, you are from a different planet for not liking ICE CREAM! But that ice cream really came from a different planet. Wish I could have some more the other day 🙁 I might wanna have you make some more for me. So should I just ask you or go through “A’s” route because I know if he asks you might not say no 🙂
Love you honey and love that ice cream!

Rosa says:

Splendid clicks and fabulous ice cream!

My BF loves ice cream and goes crazy whenever he hears the word, yet it leaves me neutral. I like the stuff, but don’t really care for it…



Nisha says:

what are you talking about? you’ve made the ice cream look prettier than it could ever be!!!!
it’s new for me to hear saunf powder in ice cream. love all the photos, the single hero cherry, the relish, the ice cream, all of ’em! 🙂
for once when i saw those cherries on basket, my eyes went wide imagining how you put the stems together to create that pattern … then realized it’s something else underneath. hehe! 😛

You are no longer a person from a different planet. My 6yr old boy doesn’t like icecream and the reason he gives for that is the same as u said ” cold and sweet”.
Beautiful clicks and delicious icecream

What a cute post, Kankana! And congrats on achieving the delicious & successful ice cream recipe! I know, ice cream is the hardest photo shoot ever and I’m constantly worry about not being able to take good shots. I love your first photo – I love the rustic feeling!

Nandita says:

Oh wow!!! This ice cream has come out so good that it’s hard to believe that you don’t like ice cream. And this time, I just loved that bowl. The pink patterns on that complements the colour of the ice cream so well 🙂

Tes says:

Confession: I’ve never tried a cherry ice-cream! I need to make this 🙂

beena says:

i simply love the combination and your pics are out of the world….lovely…

nisha says:

same here…not that much a fan of ice cream, except maybe the cookie dough one from ben and jerrys which again i cant have regularly. since the husband likes only choc ice creams ive never even bothered 2 try making them at home 🙂
that bowl is just so so so pretteeee and it complements the ice cream so well.

Vishakha says:

Kankana, I think that alien-ish planet does exist for the non-ice cream lovers. I am part of it or defn somewhere near by;-) I don’t love ice cream and there’s only a couple of ways I can have ice cream. Vanilla for a nice warm brownie:) Or a mocha / almond flavored ice cream. I do taste it once in a while but when i am forced to 😉 That single cherry shot and the shot with the cherry paste (2nd last one) are simply outstanding!

I am so curious about the fennel flavour in your icecream! Would love to try it out. Love the pic of the softened cherries best of all.

Ameena says:

So the truth is that I’m not a huge fan of ice cream either. But this takes it to a whole other level! I wish we lived closer so I could drop by and do a little taste test. 🙂

Hope you had a great weekend my friend!

Yasmeen says:

Such beautiful photos – I especially love the single cherry photo just before the recipe. I am an ice cream lover, but have so rarely made it at home (not sure why, really). This cherry recipe has totally inspired me to try it, and remind myself of summer in this super cold winter we’re having here.

Poornima says:

I could have ice cream for all my meals and I do think you’re from a different planet, Kankana:) Absolutely love the flavors you’ve got going in this one and the pictures are as usual splendid!!

mjskit says:

You really surprised me with the fennel seeds! But why not – a little licorice flavor with cherries sounds wonderful! For someone that doesn’t like ice cream, you’ve created two wonderful versions of cherry ice cream! And once again – the clicks are amazing! I especially love the lone cherry sitting on the edge of the table.

dassana says:

even i am not so fond of ice cream. what i liked was the addition of fennel seeds in the ice cream. your photos are gorgeous. in fact the first pic of the ice cream scoops… the intricately designed bowl… i liked them all..even i am not so good at clicking ice cream pics.

Kankana, fabulous recipe – all the ingredients are my favourite – cherries, wine… fennel is a surprising addition. Your photographs are as usual amazing, but this time supercool!


Erin Hess says:

Wow that sounds fantastic! We have cherry overload here. I can’t wait to make this!

You really don’t like ice cream? Wait, I’m screaming.. REALLY?!! And you still have come up with this unique flavor, wish I could try it girl. I love, LOVE ice cream! And Oh, I loooove your photos too, wish I could shoot this good someday! Last one is my fave here 🙂

Cherries and fennel in ice cream? Yum! You may not love ice cream, but you are a genius ice cream creator!

And Kankana, your photos are stunning. What a great series!

Such beautiful flavors for an ice cream…truly luxurious!

I think your ice cream looks absolutely stunning Kankana!!!! And you’re right, shooting ice cream is especially difficult. Time is definitely of the essence. I absolutely love that last photo of the ice cream in the scoop. Stunning!!

I’m going to have to try condensed milk ice cream. I always use my tried and tested custard method, but I’m intrigued by the condensed milk.

Notyet100 says:

Ummmm this looks so delicious,..I luv Icecream specially the one with fruits”””

i thin you could make anything look amazing with your picture taking. Cherry ice cream is a favorite of my mom and I must make this for her! It looks so beautiful and sweet!

Me too, I find that shooting photos of ice cream is not always easy. My problem is it melts so fast, so depending on the weather, I always chill the serving container for hero before I use it for the shoot. It’s just a little trick. But I don’t care how badly you scooped this ice cream Kankana, your photography skills compensates the flaws to turn it into a beautiful art. Amazing! 🙂

Jacqueline says:

Fantastic Kankana! Great as well the fact that you don’t need an ice cream maker. The soften cherry recipe sounds truly delicious.
Great photos! I love cherries 🙂

Mallika says:

Hey Kankana, I can relate so much to what you have written! I am an ice cream fanatic while my husband has mood swings for ice creams! I too could eat them for all 3 meals, while I’ve never been able to figure out how one could dislike this treat. I am still trying to discover ways and means how I could make him eat one everyday! You’ve sold me completely to this recipe. With Marsala wine and red wine vinegar, this cherry ice cream is nothing less than a royal treat. I am sold! Gorgeous!

Jaya says:

Wow! What lovely pictures ..yes clicking ice-creams/kulfi is difficult..and yours look pretty perfect..adding fennel to ice- creme is new to me..hugs

Was wondering when cherries will be featured here knowing how much you love them. Cherry and cream cheese! Couldn’t have asked for more. I am not big on ice cream but I do love my ‘Cherry Garcia’ from Ben and Jerry’s…only ice cream I’m crazy for.

Oh..oh.. no worries, your man must be the happiest to see his wife making such yummy ice creams and presenting the3 same in some of the most seductive ways online! Gorgeous clicks.

Asmita says:

The ice cream and the photographs look gorgeous! Cannot wait to try this recipe!

gloria says:

I love Ice cream too and this look awesome; love your pictures so much!

Great job. Beautiful photos ¡¡

nipponnin says:

Ha ha ha! So sweet and cute. Those photos are way too wonderful! Love them all!

nipponnin says:

Oh! I forgot to tell you; I love the pink/red dish very much. I have similar look plates at home. You have great taste!

I love the recipe, it’s the perfect summer treat. I will give this one a try. The photos of course are lovely!

Aunt Clara says:

So you don’t like ice cream. I thought about it for a while and I I forgive you. Nobody is perfect 🙂

The pictures are fantastic this time, the first one is my favorite. You have a good eye for composition.

Yes, you are weird! lol! Who doesn’t love ice cream?? (some of us a bit too much :-)). The flavours and photos are spot on. I am filing this away because I really really love the cherry and balsamic combination!

I don’t like ice-cream either. But this year I did make a date ice-cream that was not too sweet. Really love the photos.

Kankana says:

oh wow .. well glad to know I have company! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

athena says:

such gorgeous images, kankana. love that we both made cherry ice cream the same week (day?!). can’t believe you don’t like ice cream though, but i won’t hold that against you — we’re still friends 🙂

Kankana says:

I think it was the same day 🙂 Now see I make ice cream .. so what if i don’t eat .. huh 😉 Thanks for dropping by sweetie.

I think I could eat ice cream every day, especially in the summer! The cherries wine and fennel sounds so good. I’d even like a scoop for breakfast!

What a lovely recipe!!! just the combination of ingredients are fabulous.

Kiran says:

So glad you shared this recipe. The styling is beautiful. And I agree, I could throw tantrums trying to style myself 😉

ps: I am mortified about you not liking ice cream 😀

Charles says:

I love ice-cream myself, although I know it’s not to everyone’s taste… Cherry is actually one of my favourite flavours… so natural and really yummy. So much better than commercial stuff!

I adore anything cherry, this ice cream looks scrumptious!

Caroline says:

I’m not crazy about ice cream either. I used to be too lactose intolerant to enjoy it, and I never really developed a taste for it when I got older and could eat the occasional dairy product. Like you, however, I’ve been bitten by the ice cream-making bug! Go figure, right?

oh my. This looks absolutely wonderful!! I want my summer cherries NOW!

Pia says:

oh gosh – this is going to be insanely good!! and kankana – the photographs are superbly styled. I have a bag of the darkest cherries sitting in the fridge right now – eta kaalke-i baanate hobe.

Namrata says:

Haha, I am in the same boat – I don’t like ice cream either and will only taste a spoonful on a very hot day. In my case I find that eating ice cream *always* gives me a sore throat if I don’t have a cup of hot tea afterwards, so on a subconscious level I have learnt to avoid it…so don’t worry, you are not alone 😀 Lovely blog 🙂

Manju says:

wow that looks gorgeous…bet it tasted the same too…beautiful clicks!!

This is one icecream i’m gonna try this weekend…makes it so much more easier if u dnt hav an icecream maker 🙂


Gorgeous !! I love cherry ice cream nd love how u have paired it with red wine viniger !

Ps : have to pen this – am shocked u don’t like ice cream !!

Madhuri says:

Hey girl, stumbled upon ur blog and totally loved it. There is a small race of people on this planet that does not like ice cream and I am one of them! 🙂 Till now I couldn’t figure out why, but ur words just provided me the answer to it “Too cold and sweet”. Anyway, lovely yummy blog 🙂

Manju says:

Hi Kankana,
WOuld you know what I could substitue the red wine vinegar and marsala wine in this recipe with…I’d love to make this icecream, but cannot feed it to my
1 year old son, coz of the alcohol, but he loves cherries. 🙂
Please give me a solution. (Either by mail or a comment on your space) WIll be looking forward to it.

Kankana says:

Hi Manju, Thank you so much for dropping by 🙂 The Marsala wine is mainly for flavor, you can totally remove that. As for red wine, that is again added for flavor plus vinegar helps in making the soften cherry thicken plus works as a preservative. Could you add normal vinegar. Red or white would do. If you cannot add vinegar at all.. add lemon juice instead. Let me know if this helps 🙂