Cherry Ice Cream

Creamy luscious with bites of cherry and walnuts in between, this Cherry Ice Cream is not a quick recipe, but it’s an incredibly easy one. I did use an ice cream machine to churn the ice cream, but it’s not a mandate at all.

Like last year, this year too we managed to go for Cherry picking and came home with a boat load. After munching most of it as is, I knew I had to remake the Ice Cream.

Eggless Cherry Ice Cream

The first time I made Cherry Ice Cream was almost 9 years back, and even though back then I didn’t have a sweet tooth, I enjoyed it a lot.  

I updated the 9 years old recipe with this eggless Cherry Ice Cream. It is a custard base that is churned with cherry compote.

Eggless and easy Summer Dessert

Ingredients required

For the custard:
  • Whole Milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Corn Starch/ Corn flour
  • Sugar
For the Cherry Compote:
  • Fresh Cherry
  • Sugar

I also added some walnut while churning the ice cream, which gave a nice crunch to the creamy ice cream texture.

Fav summer treat!

Cherry Compote

The cherry compote can be either prepared on the stove top or roasted in the oven.

I don’t pit the cherries beforehand, instead; just pick the seeds out once the compote is ready. I find this process quite fuss free and much less messy.

The compote is delicious on its own and easily be converted into jam by adding corn starch to thicken the consistency or chia seeds.

Eggless Cherry Ice Cream in a cone!

How to prepare the Ice Cream WITHOUT Ice Cream Machine?

To prepare the ice cream without the ice cream machine, all you need to do is whisk the custard once it’s cooled in the refrigerator. Add the cherry compote and walnut in intervals as you whisk.

Then place the container with the whisked custard and cherry compote in the freezer for 15 minutes. Take it out and whisk again.

Finally, transfer the whole mixture to a freezer friendly container (I use this to freeze ice cream) and let it set overnight.

Eggless Cherry Ice Cream!

How to prepare the Ice Cream WITH Ice Cream Machine?

Freeze the ice cream maker overnight. This is the brand I use.

Once the custard is prepared and the cherry compote is, cool it in the refrigerator.

Start by just churning the custard and then add the cherry compote in an interval. The color will turn gorgeous pink with cherry bites in between.

Finally, add the walnut too in intervals and keep churning until the mixture looks thick and smooth.

You can enjoy right away as soft serve or chill it in an ice cream container and cover clear wrap pressed directly against the surface of the ice cream. Cover with lid and let it chill for 4 hours.

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Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Ice Cream

Yield: 5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamy luscious with bites of cherry and walnuts in between, this Cherry Ice Cream is not a quick recipe, but it’s an incredibly easy one. I did use an ice cream machine to churn the ice cream, but it’s not a mandate at all.


for the cherry compote

  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries with or without the pits
  • 1/3 cup sugar (you might need to add more if the cherries are not sweet enough)

for the eggless custard

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar

other ingredient (optional)

  • roughly chopped walnut or your choice of nuts


  1. In a heavy bottom pan, add the cherries and the sugar. Turn the heat to medium and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Once done, remove the pits and place the compote in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  2. To prepare the custard, add the milk and heavy cream to a pan along with the sugar. Bring the heat to medium and gently stir around until the sugar is dissolved. Switch off the heat once done.
  3. Then mix the corn starch with a little cold water to make a slurry. Pour it to the warm milk and give a mix. Turn the heat to medium.
  4. Keep stirring and simmering at medium heat until the milk thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
  5. Pour the eggless custard to a bowl and layer plastic or clear wrap on top by pressing straight to the custard. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  6. Pour the cold custard to the ice cream maker and turn it on. It will churn slowly and start to thicken up. Add the cherry compote and chopped walnuts in intervals, so it gets distributed evenly.
  7. Once the cherry ice cream is ready, you can serve it as a soft serve or scrape the entire thing to an ice cream freezer friendly container. Layer a plastic or clear wrap on the ice cream, pressing it straight to the surface of the ice cream.
  8. Cover the container with its lid and place in the freezer to chill further or store.


How to prepare the Ice Cream WITHOUT Ice Cream Machine?

To prepare the ice cream without the ice cream machine, all you need to do is whisk the custard once it’s cooled in the refrigerator. Add the cherry compote and walnut in intervals as you whisk.

Then place the container with the whisked custard and cherry compote in the freezer for 15 minutes. Take it out and whisk again.

Finally, transfer the whole mixture to a freezer friendly container (I use this to freeze ice cream) and let it set overnight.

Eggless Cherry Ice Cream in a cone!
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  • Grishma @Zaikazabard
    Grishma @Zaikazabard
    July 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

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

  • Amy @ fragrantvanill
    Amy @ fragrantvanill
    July 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    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
    July 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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

  • Vijitha
    July 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    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.

  • Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    Rose ( Magpie's Recipes)
    July 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    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 :))

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    July 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    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
    July 29, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Beautiful pictures!!

  • Archana
    July 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM Beautiful photography and awesome combination of ingredients.Keep them coming.

  • vimitha
    July 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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

  • Arch
    July 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

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

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
    [email protected]
    July 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    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
    July 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    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
    July 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    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! 😛

  • jeyashrisuresh
    July 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 1:08 AM

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

  • beena
    July 30, 2012 at 1:58 AM

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

  • nisha
    July 30, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    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!

  • indugetscooking
    July 30, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    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.

  • IshitaUnblogged
    July 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    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
    Erin Hess
    July 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

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

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    July 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    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 🙂

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    July 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    July 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

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

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    July 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Such beautiful flavors for an ice cream…truly luxurious!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    July 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 6:04 PM

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

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    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!

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    July 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    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
    July 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    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
    July 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    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

  • Keep Calm and Eat On
    Keep Calm and Eat On
    July 31, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    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.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    July 31, 2012 at 6:06 AM

    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
    July 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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

  • gloria
    July 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

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

  • El Oson con Botas
    El Oson con Botas
    July 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Great job. Beautiful photos ¡¡

  • nipponnin
    July 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM

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

  • nipponnin
    July 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    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!

  • Mama's Gotta Bake
    Mama's Gotta Bake
    July 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    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
    Aunt Clara
    July 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    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.

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    July 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    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!

  • lizzie - strayed fro
    lizzie - strayed fro
    July 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

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

  • athena
    July 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      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.

  • lisaiscooking
    August 1, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    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!

  • Lola Lobato
    Lola Lobato
    August 1, 2012 at 7:27 AM

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

  • Kiran
    August 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    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
    August 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    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!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I adore anything cherry, this ice cream looks scrumptious!

  • Caroline
    August 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    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?

    [email protected]
    August 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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

  • Pia
    August 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    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
    August 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    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
    August 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    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 🙂


  • Turmeric n spice
    Turmeric n spice
    August 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    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
    August 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    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
    August 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      August 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      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 🙂

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