The riper the cherries, the better! If you like, fold in some chunks of dark chocolate after it has been churned in the ice cream maker for a while and before you freeze it.
The ice cream is quite good, but a little too heavy on the almond flavoring - it is VERY evident. Were I to make this again, I would reduce the almond extract by half or eliminate it altogether. After all, this is called Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream, not Almond Cherry Ice Cream. I like my ice cream rich, so as I always do I used 2 c. heavy cream, 1 c. half and half, and added two eggs. Beat the eggs for 1-2 minutes, gradually add the sugar, beat another minute to dissolve the sugar, then add cream, half and half and flavoring. I used frozen Door County cherries, which I thawed, quartered, and added during the last few minutes of churning. Rich, velvety smooth mouth feel and intensely cherry. Definitely worth a repeat, but definitely with reducing the amount of almond extract. - 15 Mar 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Cutting cherries in quarters would be my only suggestion for improving this recipe. If you just cut them in half, they are a little too large and like hard balls when frozen. They are much more manageable in quarters. Otherwise I really loved this recipe! - 26 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Very cool, creamy, and easy to make. I used half-and-half and heavy cream. I had 1 lbs of fresh bing sweet cherries, pitted, half of it rough chopped, the other, sliced in halves. After reading others review I omitted the almond extract. I used 1 vanilla bean, spilt lenghwise. TIP: Please use vanilla beans if you can! They make such a difference! Once combined, I chilled everything before making the ice cream, about 4 hours or so. Took 30 minutes to make in the ice cream maker and it was so creamy, rich and smooth which is perfect on a hot day. I loved the frozen cherries I bit into. I am glad I left out the almond extract. This turned out fantastic. I just kept on eating and eating. I would definitely make this again, but without the almond extract and using real vanilla bean! UPDATE 08/12/11: Made this again but with 2 cups of Maraschino Cherries. I rough chopped some and halved the others. So super delicious! Sweet, juicy and "candy" like cherries swirled in vanilla ice cream. My family ate this entire recipe up in one night! Going to make this again. *note-if you decide to try it this way, know that the red maraschino juice will turn the milk/cream mixture a pinkish red color. Also used, "Sweetened Whipped Cream," from this site, to top it off. - 03 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)