Sour Cherry Ice Cream Recipe You never know what you might find if you really look…

Okay so in the end of June and beginning of July, I spent lots of time being truly unhappy with our Wisconsin birds,especially the robins. Actually honey was less than thrilled with the birds earlier in spring because the birds start to sing at 3 or 4 am and woke him up. I think that is the beauty of spring , the early mornings with my day in front of me, but anyways back to my story here. So I have been shaking my fists at the birds with my head out the window lately, “get out of my cherry tree!” I have been known to say….okay lots! So we finally got one of our trees covered, at least partially and lost all of the cherries on the other three trees.(they are all dwarf) So when I picked what was left of my partially covered tree  I was less than satisfied with the amount of cherries I had gotten. I also noticed two different trees in my area where the birds did not even bother those trees for their fruit in the least. I pondered all of this and even asked another tree owner and didn’t get a really good answer. But a tree caught my attention further down our block which was loaded with cherries. I kept resisting going that way to walk even as the tree beckoned to me with all of it’s ripe fruit and no one picking a single cherry. After stewing about this for at least a week I got up the nerve to ask the family that lived there if they were going to use the fruit or could I pick some for them and then some for me. In the end they allowed me to pick some fruit for myself which I gladly did all the while of course thanking the tree for all of it’s glorious fruit. I must have been smiling like a lunatic as I picked .  Over at our community gardens they have a policy in place that will take the produce not harvested by any of the gardeners, not harvested  to the food pantry so others may also have food. That is what I was doing by honoring this trees fruit. I pitted cherries till my fingers turned white, and by the way a clean hairpin is still the best way to get the pitting job done. So the result of this overly long story is this recipe that is too delicious to ignore, just like that tree with all it’s fruit . Yup not much if anything ever gets wasted here. So I sure hope you get to enjoy this recipe like I did and will do again as I work with the fruit from our farmers market, the pick your own farms, my garden, and what I might glean from untapped sources. 

Sour Cherry Ice cream
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Ingredients
  1. 3 heaping cups of frozen or fresh pitted tart cherries
  2. 3/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  4. 1 1/2 cup non-dairy or regular milk
  5. 2 tablespoons vanilla (the alcohol kind)
  6. 1 teaspoon guar gum
Instructions
  1. all of the ingredients go into your food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze till firm and blend again in the food processor once again to beak up the ice crystals. Then store in a container you can scoop out of and cover and refreeze till ready to use.
Notes
  1. the vanilla with the alcohol in it keeps the ice cream from becoming a solid mass. The guar gum is an emulsifier to add creamy texture. It is delightful in taste texture and color .I made mine from soy milk instead of regular dairy with great results.
  2. we had bought some of the processed non-dairy ice creams lately and even on sale the half pint is 3.50 or more mine cost probably 1.50? maybe?
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