A customized print-friendly version of this recipe is available by clicking the "Print Recipe" button on this page.

Tart Cherry Ice Cream

Author: MaryJane Robbins

This ice cream definitely has a tart cherry flavor, not a sweet cherry, not a maraschino cherry. It's got depth of flavor and cherry pucker to it. It's the ice cream version of old-fashioned tart cherry pie, and it is extraordinary.

View step-by-step
directions on our blog

At a glance

1 quart


Choose your measure:


  1. Combine the cream and milk in a large measuring cup.
  2. Whisk in the sugar and pastry cream filling mix. Whisk until no more lumps remain.
  3. Whisk in the cherry juice concentrate and the vanilla.
  4. Refrigerate the ice cream base for at least two hours, or up to overnight.
  5. Freeze the cold base in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.
  6. When the machine finishes, scrape the ice cream into a one quart container and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours to ripen and finish hardening.
  7. Yield: 1 quart