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    Light Cherry Amaretto Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Light Cherry Amaretto Cheesecake Ice Cream. Photo by PaulaG

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    55 mins

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    30 mins

    Maito's Note:

    This is a lightly sweet mild cheesecake-flavored ice cream with all the richness, but with less fat. Cook time also includes the time it takes for the ice cream machine to freeze the mixture. Does not include chill time.

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    1. 1
      In a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons sugar to beaten egg yolks. Whisk well.
    2. 2
      In a medium pot, combine remaining 4 tablespoons sugar with milk, and bring almost to a simmer over high to medium-high heat.
    3. 3
      Scoop out a small amount of hot milk to temper the egg yolks (about ¼ cup); slowly whisk into egg yolks. Repeat this one more time.
    4. 4
      Add egg mixture to pot of hot milk and whisk thoroughly. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium to medium low heat until thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let mixture boil. Remove from heat.
    5. 5
      In a large mixing bowl (an electric mixer works best), beat cream cheese and mascarpone until well whipped. Add jam, lemon juice, extracts, and Amaretto, and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually beat in hot milk mixture. Cream cheese will not be completely dissolved/smooth – that is OK.
    6. 6
      Let mixture cool before chilling in the refrigerator. This takes about 10 minutes if you place the container in a bowl filled with ice and cold water. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
    7. 7
      Stir mixture to re-combine and freeze in an ice cream machine, according to manufacturer’s directions. In the last minute or two of freezing, add the graham cracker pieces.
    8. 8
      Serve immediately or freeze for 1-4 hours, if a firmer consistency is desired. Top with cherries (and almonds, if using) and enjoy! This is best eaten the same day you make it.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 11, 2010


      Wow, this is good!!! The only changes I made were to leave out the egg yolks (since I just ran out of eggs) so increased the mascarpone cheese to 4 oz to make up for it, and I used coconut milk instead of nonfat milk. I also simply put all of the ingredients into the blender including half the cherries, then added the other half during the last 5 minutes of churning.

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    • on December 30, 2009


      This recipe made it into our Book #242923! 04/03/09 - This is some very flavorful ice cream! I decided to omit the eggs and just put all the ingredients into a blender and then right into the ice cream machine (waiting till the last minute to add almonds, graham cracker crumbs, and 1 can of pitted cherries right into the mix). I like ice cream recipes that are simple, so that is why I made the changes in prep. Also, I used all 1/3 reduced cream cheese for the cheese. Even though I drained the canned cherries on paper towels, next time I will freeze them first, before adding them to the machine. This is because after adding them, it made the ice cream less firm. But I learned from it, and will definitely make this again and again. I love the flavors from the almonds and amaretto. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful upscale ice cream recipe. :)

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    • on January 01, 2009


      This lives up to the intro--lightly sweet and even with the use of low-fat milk the combination of cream cheese and mascarpone cheese creates a rich product. I added some quartered cherries to the mix when adding the crushed graham crackers. If you really want to send this over the top, drizzle it with chocolate syrup when serving. A very nice use of contest ingredients and creation you should be proud of. Made for *Hidden Gems*

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    Nutritional Facts for Light Cherry Amaretto Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Serving Size: 1 (182 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 321.9
    Calories from Fat 107
    Total Fat 11.9 g
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    Cholesterol 112.7 mg
    Sodium 153.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 44.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 37.6 g
    Protein 11.1 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    mascarpone cheese


    low-fat graham crackers

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