Vanilla Ice Cream with Black Cherry Swirl

Vanilla Ice Cream with Black Cherry Swirl

Happy Fourth of July internet friends!  For my international friends out there, I hope you have an enjoyable Thursday.  For my American friends in the internet ether, Happy Independence day!  I hope that your day is filled with sunshine, cookouts, ice cream and warm weather.  I love living in the tri-state area this time of year because we can celebrate the holiday all week long!  There have been fireworks dotting the skyline since Saturday as the hundreds of townships in the area celebrate with local events.  Boyfriend and I headed to the Montclair fireworks last night and have big plans to view the fireworks of New York City, western Long Island and eastern New Jersey from high up in the hills of Upper Montclair tonight. To celebrate Independance day this year, I decided to put my OXO fruit tools to use and make some cherry swirled vanilla ice cream.  A few weeks ago I recieved a package from OXO (via the OXO blogger outreach program) filled with tools to help us enjoy the summer fruit bounty.  The box included a pineapple corer, mango pitter, strawberry huller, fruit scoopers and this cherry pitter!  Using the cherry pitter cut my prep time down significantly and my cherry sauce was in the oven in no time.  Cherries are delicious all on their own, but roast them in the oven with a little sugar, you've got a winner.  Rather than just topping the ice cream with the roasted cherry sauce, I decided to swirl it right into the just churned ice cream.  Super delicious, perfectly refreshing for the fourth of July! Vanilla Ice Cream From Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home 2 cups whole milk 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 1/2 ounces cream cheese 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 2/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 Madagascar vanilla bean, split in half and seeds scraped out. . . .

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