Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream with Cherry Sauce #SundaySupper

2.10.2013


I was dying to make this chocolate ice cream with cherry sauce, a combination I find irresistible. And the frozen cream here deserves the word velvet; though cheesy, it´s self-explanatory.
We´re having a heart´s celebration at the Sunday Supper table hosted by the lovely Jen of Juanita´s Cocina, since I guess it´s no mystery that the sweetest day of the year is almost here.

I will forever have mixed feelings about commercial celebration days. I love birthdays and new year, because, well it is a landmark, another year in your life has passed or a new year is beginning with all the potential it always brings. It´s sort of a rhetorical party in my opinion, you will be a year older and a new year will start whether you like it or not, as a bonus you also get to cheer that a crappy year is over if that suits you.


Other celebrations I´m ambivalent about, and valentine´s day is one of them. Why? It´s not because of the chocolate or love wishes from those I care about, or getting to be thankful for the persons that make up my close circle, of course not that would be ridiculous, but looking back in my well of experience, I find that romantically speaking, the best moments or dates happened without planning. As is usually the case in most aspects of life.

Like the time we were at a terribly boring wedding we had to go to due to business things, and after we ate, chatted with the father of the bride, our host, his wife, some random unknown persons at our table and spent the mandatory half hour on the dance floor, we silently left and ended up stopping, over-attired of course, at a bar on our way home, drinking cocktails, having the best time with a short haired bartender who told great stories and other clients who kept congratulating us for `whatever we were celebrating´ due to our suit and long dress. We got home when the sun was already up and forever held that unexpected outing as one of the best.


Another time, while on vacation, realizing the night was amazing with a semi-full moon, perfect temperature and a slight breeze, we prepared some bread, antipasti and wine on a tray and ate a very late dinner outside, stretched out on our deck chairs, our feet covered with a cotton blanket and had one of those interesting and perfect conversations that only happen with your spouse (my ex now) when you least expect it. And we woke up in the morning, with the birds chirping and the sun coming out.

So that´s why I don´t like to plan too much on days like these. What if I´m not particularly liking my other half that day? What if we got into one of those arguments and are having a couple of let´s-not-step-into-each-others-shadow kind of days?


But the food on valentine´s day is great. Fantastic. The kind you want to have an excuse to make, always. We`re talking about chocolate, berries, cakes, souffles, that perfect savory dish that is your favorite but don´t get to eat much. Any celebration that let´s you indulge in your perfect food is a good one.
So I did make what is at the moment my favorite chocolate ice cream, with fresh cherry sauce that is one of my most anticipated fruits. I can never tire of eating fresh cherries. Ever.


I found out while attempting many chocolate cake and brownie recipes, that one of the best ways to achieve a deep, semisweet chocolate flavor is to mix melted dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder. But then I like dark chocolate directly from the package and it´s light years away from whatever my second choice is, which I don´t care to find out really. Dark, semisweet chocolate always wins.

This is a very old fashioned ice cream made with yolks and cream. The chocolate cream, once it´s very cold and ready to be put in the ice cream maker, is simply luscious, so creamy and unctuous you´d want to eat it like that. 



CHOCOLATE VELVET ICE CREAM
made exactly as written in Gourmet, august 1997

See recipe at epicurious.com

Fresh Cherry Sauce with Cassis

Ingredients
1 pound (450g) fresh cherries, pitted
2 Tbs light brown sugar
1 or 2 Tbs cassis liqueur (optional)
1 or 2 Tbs water

Directions
Put cherries in a saucepan, add the sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add cassis and 1 or 2 Tbs water. If you´re not using the liqueur, increase water by 2 tablespoons. Let cook for about 5 minutes, until cherries soften a bit and the sauce is syrup-y.
Keep refrigerated.






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50 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that cherry sauce alone is to die for. But in an ice cream! Even better.

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  2. That is exactly why I never bother that much for festive days. The most valuable times were the unexpected ones, and some of the worst where the staged and too much planned days.

    Your ice cream cup with cherries reminds me of a ice cream dessert in europe which we call Heisse Liebe, translated meaning Hot love.

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  3. Wow Paula...that ice cream looks really silky! And that cherry sauce...what a perfect combination!

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  4. I want the cherry sauce...and I'm going to put it on everything!

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  5. Paula. You are KILLING me. This is a brilliant combo and I want a dish of it in front of me right now. Sounds and looks amazing!

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  6. I completely agree that the spontaneous romantic moments are far better than any done because of a certain day.

    You really have the most wonderful cherry recipes. The sauce sounds so divine! I would use it on so much more than ice cream.

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  7. Ice Cream is my favorite treat! This Cherry Sauce looks amazing! Yum!!

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  8. What beautiful memories! And this ice cream - oh my! You'd have to wrestle the container away from me.

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    1. I think I´ve been having tablespoons of this every days for the last two weeks!

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  9. Paula, I've been wanting to make this ice cream, too! It looks phenomenal..especially with the cherry sauce :)

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  10. Oh - I've got to make this sauce. It looks fabulous. I could see it over crepes too. Or just all by itself out of the pot :-)

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  11. This ice cream is one of the best posts my friend, it looks so enticing :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Mmmmm...is there anything better than homemade ice cream? I think not.

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  13. Yummmmmm, I love chocolate ice cream and the cherry sauce with cassis sounds like an amazing addition! Thank you for sharing!

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  14. AMAZING!! I love homemade ice cream. Want this now!

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  15. I totally agree with your philosophy on Valentine's Day - we #SundaySupper lot are a likeminded group, I think! That ice cream with the cherry sauce looks absolutely divine - pinning and will be making soon, I suspect!

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  16. O my this looks do decadent and yummy.

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  17. I like your POV about the holidays, Paula. Some of the best moments in life are the unplanned ones...For example, I didn't plan on making cherry sauce for chocolate ice cream; but now that I've stumbled into your recipe, I may be experiencing some unexpected moments of cherry cassis bliss!

    P.s. Thank you for the Gourmet magazine recipe, too. I was looking at my untouched ice cream maker last night and pondering which recipe I should make =)

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    1. Your answer made me laugh! Do make this ice cream, it´s amazing!

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  18. I never get tired of fresh cherries either. Yum!

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  19. Chocolate and cherry.. I can't think of more delicious combination :)

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  20. Oh boy - that looks like some rich, decadent ice cream!

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  21. Oh, that ice cream looks so smooth! Yum!

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  22. PS...another friend has commented on my raspberries numerous times. I'm quite finicky...sometimes hitting two of my favorite markets many times in one week to search out the best berries. I'm sure the other customers must think I'm nuts, digging through the boxes, turning them upside down, etc :) LOL...the life of a food blogger...I'm sure you can relate!

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    1. I know, you should see the guy at the fruit/veg stand, not the owner, he thinks I´m mad for sure. You´re getting your money´s worth for those raspberries, good for you!

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  23. Such delicious dessert idea for Valentine's Day! That cherry sauce alone is amazing!

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  24. This sounds and looks so good. I love chocolate ice cream in any form and combining it with cherries is wonderful. Yum!

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  25. Yum! Chocolate and cherries are so good together and I love the idea of the cherry sauce!

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  26. Oh my goodness, I am all OVER this!

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  27. Looks decadent. Yes, please...

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  28. I'm with you Paula. The best moments in life just happen and are natural. Never planned. The 2 you write about here sound so wonderful and unforgettable. . thank you for sharing those memories with us! :)
    This ice cream. . oh my goodness. . I knew you would bring something wonderful and decadent. I love this!! the fresh cherry sauce puts this one over the top. . I love this! Brilliant!!

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  29. olala...this has stolen my heart! Cherry and chocolate...definitely an irresistible combo! Reminds me of German black forest cake, only BETTER!

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  30. That cherry sauce looks amazing! I bet it would be wonderful on angel food cake, too. Yum!

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  31. how spectacular for Valentines! Yum!

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  32. MMMM I could go for a bowl of this right now :P

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  33. Oh, those cherries!!! And I love dark chocolate. I like the idea of mixing dark chocolate with unsweetened cocoa. You're a lady of my own chocolate loving heart.

    Truth!! >> "the best moments or dates happened without planning." I sooo agree. They make awesome memories that you keep replaying in your head.

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  34. Paula, what an amazingly delicious looking dark and velvety Chocolate Ice Cream with fresh Cherry Sauce - I would love to get a treat like this any time of the year! But for Valentine´s Day that would certainly be the perfect treat!

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  35. Oh my worrrrrrrrrd! Every time I come to visit, I drool. Like, I'm literally wiping my face right now. I love this!
    Valentine's Day for me is a day where I can eat 20 pounds of chocolate and justify it. :-D

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  36. Paula, I agree with you completely - love this quote "I find that romantically speaking, the best moments or dates happened without planning" - so true.
    And velvet ice cream? Yes please!

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  37. The pairing of chocolate and cherries is so sumptuous. Valentine's Day or not I'd love to indulge in a huge bowl! I'm all for a dose of whimsy to infuse fun in the everyday. For me Valentine's Day is another excuse to have a bit of fun and add a touch of joy to the everyday.

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  38. Simply beautiful! This sounds perfect for Valentine's Day!!

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  39. I know how you feel, Paula. People think I'm a total lame-o for not going out and celebrating a lot of things like Valentines but that's just how I like it. I love spending quality time with my loved ones regardless of the "special occasion" and spontaneity is the spice of life. Your ice cream looks gorgeous - so creamy, smooth and luscious! And heck yeah, chocolate and cherry are two flavours that were meant to be together.

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  40. If ice cream can be gorgeous, this is it! Paula, I love your photos...the cherry ones are stunning! Have a Happy Valentine's Day! Carol xox

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  41. Love Chocolate Cherry combo!And I agree with you that unplanned spontaneous moments are always the best :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  42. Loved the story, and I feel quite the same about this kind of holiday. I will HAVE to sell my stupid microwave and buy an ice cream maker :)

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  43. My mouth is totally watering. Chocolate and cherries are divine together and that looks so very good!! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  44. Chocolate ice cream and cherries? Yes, please :) looks fantastic ~ Bea

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  45. That cherry topping is just perfect for the ice cream.
    I can't wait to make some. Thanks!

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