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Two glass goblets filled with cherry chunk ice cream next to silver spoons.

Roasted Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Homemade roasted cherry cheesecake ice cream made with dark red cherries and goat cheese.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Freeze Time 4 hours
Servings 1 quart
Author Jenn


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 4 ounces chevre plain goat cheese room temperature
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups dark sweet red cherries roasted and quartered


Prep Cherries

  • Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C) line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove pits and stems from cherries. Place halved cherries on baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until soft and juicy. Place pan on wire rack and let cherries cool completely.
  • Place cooled cherries in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to use.

Prep Ice Cream

  • Stir together goat cheese and mascarpone in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Stir together milk and heavy cream in a large saucepan on medium high heat.
  • Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl.


  • Once the milk mixture is simmering, slowly pour 1 cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, while whisking constantly. Then, pour this tempered egg mixture into the large saucepan with remaining milk and heavy cream.
  • Reduce stovetop temperature to medium low and continue to cook ice cream base until it reaches 170 F (76 C) with an instant read thermometer. This make take 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
    Pour the ice cream base through a strainer into the large bowl containing the goat cheese and mascarpone. Continue to whisk until smooth, adding in the lemon zest.


  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold 3-4 hours.

Churn and Freeze

  • Pour the chilled ice cream base into the frozen canister for the ice cream maker. Churn according to the ice cream maker factory instructions.
  • Once thickened, transfer ice cream to desired storage container. As you scoop the ice cream, sprinkle in the roasted cherries, alternating between layers of ice cream and cherries. Make sure to use a rubber spatula to pack the ice cream into the container, but do not stir.
  • Seal container with an air tight lid or plastic wrap. Place container in the freezer until ice cream is firm, this may take up to 4 hours. Scoop and serve!